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Violence Against Women in the Global South

Reporting in the #MeToo era

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  • Addresses the deficit of coverage of violence against women in the Global South.
  • Promotes informed, solutions-based reporting in the region.
  • Case studies from: Argentina; Brazil; Mexico; Indonesia; Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa; Egypt; Libya, Syria and Yemen

Part of the book series: Palgrave Studies in Journalism and the Global South (PSJGS)

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Bringing together 14 journalism scholars from around the world, this edited collection addresses the deficit of coverage of violence against women in the Global South by examining the role of the legacy press and social media that report on and highlight ways to improve reporting. Authors investigate the ontological limitations which present structural and systemic challenges for journalists who report on the normalization of violence against women in country cases in Argentina; Brazil; Mexico; Indonesia; Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa; Egypt; Libya, Syria, and Yemen. Challenges include patriarchal forces; gender imbalance in newsrooms; propaganda and censorship strategies by repressive, hyper-masculine, and populist political regimes; economic and digital inequities; and civil and transnational wars. Presenting diverse conceptual, methodological, and empirical chapters, the collection offers a revision of existing frameworks and guidelines and aims to promote more gender-sensitive, trauma-informed, solutions-driven, and victim or survivor centered reporting in the region.


Table of contents (9 chapters)

  1. South Asia

  2. Sub-Saharan Africa

  3. North Africa and the Middle East


“This edited collection examines the ways legacy press and social media report on violence against women in the #MeToo era using a variety of theoretical frameworks and methodologies. A must-read for journalism, communication, and gender studies scholars interested in understanding how socioeconomic factors and geopolitical power relations influence discourse around violence against women in the Global South.” (Ammina Kothari, Professor of Journalism, Harrington School of Communication and Media, University of Rhode Island, USA)

“Few fields have moved as far and fast as the violence against women movement. In fact, advances in the social scientific study of this major social problem have been swifter than the vaunted leaps in some of the physical sciences. However, even highly seasoned scholars, including those based in academic journalism programs, have not been fleet of foot in examining key issues related to various types of violence against women in the Global South. Thus, this anthology makes a much-needed path-breaking contribution to an interdisciplinary understanding of woman abuse in the five regions of the most populated part of the world.” (Walter DeKeseredy, Anna Deane Carlson Endowed Chair of Social Sciences, West Virginia University, USA)

“The #metoo movement that began on social media in the United States rapidly diffused around the world moving women from victims to power brokers, from margins to the center of old and new media. But were women in global south countries part of this movement? This impressive new collection produced through a collaboration between journalism scholars tells the, until now, untold story of how survivor-centered reporting of violence against women is challenging patriarchal gender norms and the authoritarian regimes that enforce them. The volume offers powerful insights on how to improve media reporting given the reality that blame-the-victim narratives and societal stigma perpetuate the gross underreporting of this violence.” (Professor Jacqui True, Director of Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (Australia and the Indo-Pacific), Monash University, Australia)

Editors and Affiliations

  • School of Media, Film and Journalism, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

    Andrea Jean Baker

  • School of Journalism, University of Texas, Austin, USA

    Celeste González de Bustamante

  • University of Arizona, Tucson, USA

    Jeannine E. Relly

About the editors

Andrea Baker, senior lecturer in Journalism, Monash University, Australia.

Celeste González de Bustamante, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Professor of Journalism and Media, The University of Texas at Austin.

Jeannine E. Relly, Professor in the School of Journalism, The University of Arizona, USA.

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