Announcing inception of Anja Niedringhaus AwardThe IWMF is honored to announce the inception of the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award honoring the courage and dedication of AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus who was killed in Afghanistan earlier this month. Created with a $1million endowment gift from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, the Award will be given annually to a woman photojournalist whose work follows in Niedringhaus’ footsteps.
Reporting from one of Africa’s most avoided regionsThe IWMF’s upcoming reporting trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo, the second in a series of four, will focus on the impact of aid and philanthropy in DR Congo’s North Kivu province. Six international women journalists will examine what initiatives are underway to improve quality of life in Eastern Congo, and find out to what extent these efforts are working.
Our Issues: Press FreedomMany countries lack not just a right to freedom of the press, but any semblance of the rule of law. Governments and other powerbrokers see the press as a threat and often target journalists with violence, intimidation and imprisonment to silence them. Yet, more often than not, we get the truth about what is happening in the world from journalists who are willing to put themselves at risk in order to report the truth.
About UsThe IWMF believes the news media worldwide are not truly free and representative without the equal voice of women. The IWMF celebrates the courage of women journalists who overcome threats and oppression to speak out on global issues. The IWMF’s programs empower women journalists with the training, support and network to become leaders in the news industry.
Report Launched on Violence and Harassment against Women in the News MediaThe IWMF and the International News Safety Institute have launched a joint report that provides the first comprehensive picture of the dangers faced by many women working in news media around the world. It describes the types of violence and threats female journalists encounter and considers how these incidents affect their ability to conduct their work. Read more