Press Releases

January 10, 2018: The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) will be working with the International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP) to provide pro bono legal advice, particularly around contracts, to the female journalists in our programs. The service will be open to staff reporters and freelance journalists, who will particularly benefit as they often struggle to understand and negotiate financial and intellectual property rights terms. Read the full announcement. 

(Jan. 9, 2018) – If you’re wondering where some of the most powerful women in the news media are today, they are busy engaging in a solutions-focused discussion to end sexual harassment and shift power dynamics across the industry. Read more.

November 30, 2017, The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is delighted to welcome three highly accomplished leaders in the broadcast and print news media industries to its Board of Directors. The new members include Miki Toliver King, Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews and Suzanne Allen Redpath. Read the press release here.

November 22, 2017, The International Women’s Media Foundation stands in solidarity with the courageous women in news media organizations who are coming forward to reveal their experiences about being sexually harassed and assaulted by powerful men in their midst. Read the full statement.

October 26, 2017 Ceremony honors Deborah Amos, Saniya Toiken, Hadeel al-Yamani, Cindi Leive, and Stephanie Sinclair amid stories of adversity and support. See Press Release

October 23, 2017 Stories of persistence and tributes to the fallen permeated the Newseum ceremony honoring Andrea Mitchell, Deborah Amos, Saniya Toiken and Hadeel al-Yamani. See Press Release

October 20, 2017 Hadeel al-Yamani, the first woman television correspondent for Al Jazeera Arabic in Yemen and a winner of an International Women’s Media Foundation’s Courage in Journalism Award, in September was denied a visa to enter the United States. See Press Release

October 18, 2017 The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) honored several outstanding female journalists at the 2017 Courage in Journalism Awards luncheon. The honorees were selected for exhibiting extraordinary bravery and courage as they reported from areas of instability, oppression and conflict.  See Press Release

October 18, 2017 The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is thrilled to announce that Peabody Award-winning journalist Michele Norris is being honored with its inaugural Gwen Ifill Award. Norris will be recognized at the 2017 Courage in Journalism Awards.  See Press Release

October 16, 2017 The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) today announced four leaders from the media, finance, and insurance industries who will be recognized for their work on behalf of women journalists, press freedom, and human rights at their upcoming Courage in Journalism Awards, October 18-25, 2017. Atlantic Media’s David G. Bradley, Glamour’s Cindi Leive, and Travelers’ Lisa Caputo will be recognized as Leadership Honorees; Anne Finucane of Bank of America will chair the NY event. See Press Release

October 13, 2017 The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) has just received a grant from Craig Newmark Philanthropies to conduct research in the United States on online harassment of women journalists. See Press Release

August 21, 2017 The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is deeply saddened to receive confirmation that Swedish journalist Kim Wall, a beloved member of the IWMF community, has died. See Press Release

August 12, 2017 The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is enormously concerned about the disappearance of Swedish journalist Kim Wall, a beloved member of the IWMF community, and is calling on Danish authorities to make all resources available and expedite their efforts to find her. See Press Release

July 31, 2017 The International Women’s Media Foundationis thrilled to welcome to its board of directors two highly accomplished leaders in the print and social media industry. The new board members include Hannah Allam, national correspondent for BuzzFeed News and former Middle East bureau chief for McClatchy, and Anne Kornblut, director of strategic communications for Facebook and former senior editor at The Washington Post. See Press Release

July 12, 2017 The International Women’s Media Foundation has selected Audrey Jiajia Li, a freelance journalist and independent filmmaker based in Guangzhou, China, as the 2017 IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow. Now in its 13th year, the fellowship provides a unique academic and professional opportunity for women journalists focusing on human rights and social justice reporting. See Press Release

June 16, 2017 The International Women’s Media Foundation has established a new award to honor the memory of Gwen Ifill, the legendary co-anchor of the PBS Newshour, who passed away in November 2016. Ifill was a bright light in the news industry, an incredible role model and mentor for young journalists – especially women journalists of color – and a friend of the IWMF.  The Award will be given annually to an outstanding woman journalist of color whose work carries forward Ifill’s legacy. See Press Release

May 11, 2017 The International Women’s Media Foundation is recognizing four outstanding woman journalists as winners of its annual Courage in Journalism and Lifetime Achievement Awards. Courage in Journalism Award honorees include Deborah Amos (USA), Middle East reporter for National Public Radio (NPR) News; Saniya Toiken (Kazakhstan), a reporter for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty; and Hadeel al-Yamani (Yemen), the first woman to become an Al Jazeera Arabic (AJA) television correspondent in Yemen. See Press Release

April 20, 2017 The International Women’s Media Foundation is pleased to announce Stephanie Sinclair as the winner of the 2017 Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award. The Award celebrates women photographers whose work demonstrates bravery, dedication and skill, while reporting the news through images. Louisa Gouliamaki and Nicole Tung are receiving honorable mentions for the 2017 award. See Press Release

January 24, 2017 The International Women’s Media Foundation is thrilled to welcome to its Board of Directors four highly accomplished leaders in business and the media. New Board members include Stephanie Kauffman, Chief Strategic Alliance Officer, Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF); Jennifer Reingold, former Senior Editor, Fortune; Andrea B. Smith, Chief Administrative Officer, Bank of America; and Marisa Thalberg, Chief of Marketing for Taco Bell. See Press Release

December 13, 2016 The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) and the World Press Photo Foundation (WPPF) will jointly host the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Awards in June 2017 in Washington, D.C., as part of an exciting partnership formed to better support female photojournalists around the globe. Nominations for this prestigious Award are now being accepted. See Press Release

December 7, 2016 The International Women’s Media Foundation is seeking 2017 nominations for its 28th annual Courage in Journalism and Lifetime Achievement Awards, two prestigious and unique prizes for remarkable female journalists around the world. See Press Release

November 17, 2016 The IWMF  joins a coalition of press freedom organizations led by the President of the National Press Club in an open letter to President-elect Trump. See Press Release

September 23, 2016 Washington, DC — The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) has awarded 13 female journalists with catalytic grants to report on critical issues affecting women and girls worldwide. As the inaugural grantees for the Reporting Grants for Women’s Stories (RGWS) initiative, funded by The Secular Society, these grants are intended to advance the contributions of women in the global news media and ensure the varied coverage of gendered topics so essential to a free and representative press. See Press Release

May 25, 2016 Washington, DC — The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is recognizing four outstanding woman journalists as winners of its annual Courage in Journalism Awards. Honorees include Mabel Cáceres, founder and editor-in-chief of El Búho, an independent magazine in Peru; Janine di Giovanni, Middle East Editor at Newsweek and contributing editor at Vanity Fair; and Stella Paul, a freelance journalist in India. Diane Rehm, long-time host of the public radio show that bears her name, will receive IWMF’s respected Lifetime Achievement Award. See Press Release

May 10, 2016 Washington, DC — The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is pleased to announce Adriane Ohanesian as the winner of the 2016 Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award. The award recognizes the exemplary work of women photojournalists who overcome extraordinary challenges to bring us images of pressing global issues. See Press Release

May 3, 2016 Washington, DC – The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is proud to announce the launch of Reporting Grants for Women’s Stories, sponsored by The Secular Society. This new funding initiative will support women journalists pursuing stories that affect the daily lives of women and girls worldwide. Reporting Grants for Women’s Stories will launch in early May and accept applications on a rolling basis. Funding will be awarded three times a year in August, December, and May. See Press Release

March 22, 2016 Washington, D.C. — Linda Douglass, Global Head of Communications for the Bloomberg Media Group and Suzanne Malveaux, National Correspondent for CNN, have joined the Board of Directors of the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF). Based in Washington, D.C., the IWMF is dedicated to empowering women journalists around the world. “We are honored to welcome Linda and Suzanne to the IWMF Board,” said IWMF Board Chairs Linda Mason and Alexandra Trower. “They join a dedicated group of media and business leaders committed to advancing the IWMF’s mission of empowering women journalists around the world.” See Press Release

December 16, 2015 The International Women’s Media Foundation is seeking nominations for its three annual awards: the 2016 Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award, the Courage in Journalism Awards, and the Lifetime Achievement Award. See Press Release

November 19, 2015 The Adelante reporting initiative will support reporting trips for fellows focused on a wide range of themes including democracy and governance, immigration, agricultural development, economic opportunity, women’s rights and development, and conservation. Additionally, international and local journalists will receive security training to improve their physical and digital safety. Adelante is funded by a generous gift from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. Learn more about the initiative here. See Press Release

November 19, 2015 La Fundación Internacional de Mujeres en los Medios (The International Women’s Media Foundation o “IWMF”) se enorgullece de lanzar Adelante, una iniciativa de cinco años de duración que tiene como objetivo amplificar las voces de las periodistas mujeres trabajando en América Latina y fortalecer su desarrollo profesional, su impacto y su seguridad. El programa es financiado mediante una subvención de $5 millones de dólares otorgada por la Fundación Howard G. Buffett. See Press Release

REPORTA EMPOWERS JOURNALISTS TO IMPLEMENT SECURITY PROTOCOLS WITH THE TOUCH OF A BUTTON

September 29, 2015 New York, N.Y. – Today, the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) released Reporta, a free and comprehensive personal safety app for iPhone and Android devices that journalists working in potentially dangerous environments can utilize to quickly implement their security protocols. The app is designed specifically for journalists worldwide and available in six languages – Arabic, English, French, Hebrew, Spanish, and Turkish. See Press Release

Cross-border reporting trip to Rwanda/Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and reporting trip to Uganda depart end of January 2016

September 3, 2015 Washington DC – The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is pleased to announce its first ever cross-border reporting trip to Rwanda/DRC and second reporting trip to Uganda. Ten women journalists will report on conservation and sustainable agriculture in Rwanda/DRC from January 26 – February 12, 2016. Concurrently, a group of six journalists will cover themes of democracy and governance in Uganda from January 26 – February 8, 2016. The online applications to take part in these trips will be open through October 3, 2015. See Advisory

August 20, 2015 Washington, DC – The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is deeply concerned about the trial of 2012 Courage in Journalism Award Winner, Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova, in Azerbaijan’s capital Baku. After a month-long trial where journalists and independent observers were barred from the courtroom, prosecutors concluded their case against Ismayilova today and are planning to present their sentencing request on Friday, according to latest news reports. If convicted, Ismayilova could face up to 17 years in prison. See Announcement

June 25, 2015 Berlin, Germany – Nearly 300 of Germany’s media leaders gathered at the ewerk venue tonight to celebrate the inaugural International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award. CNN Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour and ZDF journalist Barbara Hahlweg awarded Jerusalem-based freelance photojournalist Heidi Levine with the inaugural award and $20,000 prize. The award was created to honor the life and work of Pulitzer Prize-winning AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus (1965-2014) and established by the IWMF, a Washington DC-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to empowering women reporters around the world. See Announcement

June 16, 2015 Washington, D.C. – The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) has selected Meera Srinivasan, a senior assistant editor with The Hindu, as the 2015/16 IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow. Now in its 11th year, the fellowship provides a unique academic and professional opportunity for women journalists focusing on human rights and social justice reporting. See Announcement

June 1, 2015 Washington, DC – The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is proud to announce the first group of 2015 grantees in the inaugural funding round of the Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists. Nine trailblazing women journalists were selected from a stellar pool of 650 applicants representing media projects based in over 100 countries. See Announcement

May 21, 2015 Washington DC – The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is proud to announce the 2015 Courage in Journalism and Lifetime Achievement Award winners: Mwape Kumwenda, a reporter for Muvi Television in Zambia; Anna Nemtsova, a contributor for The Daily Beast and Newsweek in Russia; Lourdes Ramírez, a freelance journalist in Honduras; and Linda Deutsch, a special correspondent and trial reporter (retired) for the Associated Press. See Announcement

12 JOURNALISTS SELECTED FOR IWMF AFRICAN GREAT LAKES REPORTING INITIATIVE REPORTING TRIPS DEPARTING IN JUNE | FIRST IWMF REPORTING TRIP TO TANZANIA

May 7, 2015 Washington DC – The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) selected twelve journalists from seven countries to serve as fellows with the African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative. Two groups of six women journalists will report on themes of democracy and governance from June 9 – 22, 2015 from either Tanzania or the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The fellows will convene in Kenya for a multi-day orientation and security training before departing for their respective reporting trips. See Announcement

April 1, 2015 Washington DC – The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) announces the opening of the application process for the Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship. One outstanding woman journalist will be selected in June 2015 to complete a seven-month program from August 28, 2015 until March 31, 2016. See Press Release

March 24, 2015 Washington DC – The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) has named freelance photographer Heidi Levine as the inaugural winner of the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award. IWMF created the award to honor the courage and dedication of Pulitzer Prize-winning AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus, who was killed while reporting in Afghanistan in 2014. See Press Release | See/download Press Kit

Reporting Trips to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Tanzania Depart in June March 9, 2015 Washington DC – The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is pleased to announce two upcoming reporting trips to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Tanzania. Two groups of six women journalists will report on themes of democracy and governance from June 9 – 22, 2015. The online application for these group reporting trips will be open through March 29, 2015. See Press Release

$2.3 Million to be Awarded to Women Journalists Through 2024 $230,000 to be Awarded in 2015 in Up to Four Funding Rounds Washington DC – The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is proud to announce the opening of the Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists. Applications for this inaugural funding round are being accepted March 2 – 23, 2015. An annual total of $230,000 will be awarded to applicants who demonstrate how their proposal will lead to the exposure of under-reported stories, strengthen story-telling skills, develop their expertise or support entrepreneurial media projects. See Press Release

February 20, 2015 Washington DC – The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is seeking nominations for the 2015 Courage in Journalism and Lifetime Achievement Awards. The Courage in Journalism Award honors women journalists who set themselves apart by their extraordinary bravery. Facing and surviving danger to uncover the truth, they embody a commitment to their societies and to press freedom. Through its Lifetime Achievement Awards, the IWMF recognizes the audacity of media industry pioneers who kick down barriers to equality and justice. Nominations must be submitted online by March 15, 2015. See Press Release

December 05, 2014 Washington, DC – The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is gravely concerned about the detention of investigative journalist and 2012 IWMF Courage in Journalism Award winner Khadija Ismayilova, and is calling on the authorities of Azerbaijan to release her immediately. Ismayilova works for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) in Azerbaijan’s capital Baku. Her investigations into the business interests of the family of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev have repeatedly made her a target of harassment, including questionable legal proceedings and blackmail. See Press Release

November 17, 2014 Washington, DC – The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is proud to announce a $5 million grant from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation to expand its reporting initiatives in Africa’s Great Lakes region. The African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative will provide training and support for in-country women journalists, as well as opportunities for international correspondents to work in regions of East and Central Africa that receive limited coverage abroad. These efforts will include essential security training to help journalists stay safe in the field. See Press Release

October 22, 2014 Washington DC – Promoting the work and advancing the role of women in the news media across the globe is critical to transparency and the diversity of voices. The Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists, the first ever funding initiative of its kind, enables the IWMF to dramatically expand its support of women journalists. Established with a $4 million gift from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, the Fund will support projects including educational opportunities, investigative reporting and media development initiatives. See Announcement

October 16, 2014 Washington DC – This year, the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Courage in Journalism Awards. We will honor Arwa Damon, Solange Lusiku Nsimire and Brankica Stanković, shine a spotlight on their courage and promote the importance of free press. See Press Release

October 16, 2014 Washington, DC — The website of the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) suffered a complex brute-force attack last Friday, Sept 5. The website that features the work of the IWMF and promotes the empowerment of women journalists worldwide, was defaced and most of its original content destroyed. The severity of the breach, as well as the hacker’s advanced methods and systematic approach, suggest that this incident was a targeted attack against the IWMF and its mission to strengthen the role of women in the media. See Press Release

October 6, 2014 New York, NY – The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) will celebrate the 25th anniversary of honoring women journalists at the 2014 Courage in Journalism Awards on October 22, 2014, at Cipriani 42nd Street (110 East 42nd Street). Cynthia McFadden and Norah O’Donnell will host the ceremony. Bank of America is the National Presenting Sponsor for the ninth consecutive year. Bloomberg is the East Coast Presenting Sponsor. See Press Release

September 2, 2014 Washington, DC — A militant group known as ISIS posted an online video on Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of US journalist Steven Sotloff, according to media reports. This release comes two weeks after a similar video was published by the same group, showing the murder of US journalist James Foley. “Foley and Sotloff, as well as the many other journalists reporting from Middle Eastern conflict zones set out to give people affected by conflict a voice. Now they have become the story, and the people lost a voice,” said Elisa Lees Muñoz, Executive Director of the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF). See Press Release

June 17, 2014 Washington, D.C. – The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) has selected Louisa Reynolds, an independent journalist based in Guatemala City, Guatemala, as the 2014-15 IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow. Reynolds is the tenth recipient of the annual fellowship, which gives a woman journalist the opportunity to develop expertise while focusing on human rights journalism and social justice issues. See Press Release

May 15, 2014 Washington, DC – As the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) celebrates its 25th year honoring courageous women journalists around the world, we are proud to announce the recipients of our 2014 Courage in Journalism Award. Recent targeted attacks on journalists around the world underscore the importance of supporting and recognizing those individuals who risk their lives to report the truth. Since 1990, the IWMF has paid tribute to more than 100 women journalists who set themselves apart through their extraordinary bravery. See Press Release

May 8, 2014 Washington, DC – The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is gravely concerned over the arrest of 1995 Courage in Journalism Award Winner, Chinese journalist Gao Yu. Gao’s whereabouts had been unknown until May 8 when the Chinese official state news agency Xinhua reported her April 24 arrest. She is accused of ‘leaking state secrets’ to a foreign website in August last year. See Press Release

May 6, 2014 Washington, DC – The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is joining the international boycott against the Beverly Hills Hotel and has pulled its Courage in Journalism Awards ceremony from the venue. “We, the IWMF, can no longer hold an event at a venue whose owner stands for the violation of the very human rights we fight for,” said Elisa Lees Muñoz, Executive Director of the the IWMF. See Press Release

April 15, 2014 Washington, DC – The International Women’s Media Foundation (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 on Friday. 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 the footsteps of Anja Niedringhaus. See Press Release | German version

March 26, 2014 Washington, DC – Today, the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) filed an amicus curiae brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to grant Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter James Risen’s petition seeking review of a federal appeals court ruling ordering him to reveal his confidential sources in connection with the government’s prosecution of former C.I.A. analyst Jeffrey Sterling. See Press Release

January 14, 2014 Washington, D.C. – The International Women’s Media Foundation is seeking nominations for its 25th Courage in Journalism and Lifetime Achievement Awards in 2014. Awardees will be honored at ceremonies in New York on October 22nd and Los Angeles on October 29th. See Press Release | العربية | 中国的 | Deutsch | Español | Français | Pусский

January 9, 2014 Washington, D.C. – Eric Harris, Executive Vice President of Business Operations at BuzzFeed, has joined the Board of Directors of the International Women’s Media Foundation as its Treasurer. See Press Release

December 2, 2013 Bangkok, Thailand – Almost two-thirds of women journalists polled have experienced intimidation, threats or abuse in relation to their work, according to the findings of the first global survey on violence and threats against women working in the news media. The survey by the Washington, D.C.-based International Women’s Media Foundation and the London-based International News Safety Institute was conducted to coincide with the UN’s Global Forum for Media and Gender. See Press Release | See Survey Results

October 30, 2013 Los Angeles, CA – Last night, Olivia Wilde and Glamour Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, Cindi Leive co-hosted the International Women’s Media Foundation 2013 Courage in Journalism Awards honoring, Najiba Ayub, Bopha Phorn, Nour Kelze and Edna Machirori (Lifetime Achievement Award Winner). In addition, Los Angeles Times National Editor, Kim Murphy, presented a tribute to “1998 Courage Award” winner Elizabeth Neuffer who died in Iraq in 2003. See Press Release

October 24, 2013 New York, NY – Almost 500 of the East Coast’s leading news personalities gathered in New York yesterday for the 2013 IWMF Courage in Journalism Awards, a ceremony hosted by Cynthia McFadden (ABC News), and attended by many of the most accomplished women and men in the U.S. news media, including Ann Curry, Norah O’Donnell, George Stephanopoulos, Cindi Leive, Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill. See Press Release

October 14, 2013 Washington, DC – 2013 Courage in Journalism Award winners Najiba Ayubi, Edna Machirori and Bopha Phorn will be traveling to the United States to accept the Award, they are available for interviews in Washington, DC (October 17-20), New York (October 21-25) and Los Angeles (October 27-31). See Press Release

Sept 30, 2013 Christiane Amanpour and Cynthia McFadden will co-host; George Stephanopoulos, Norah O’Donnell, Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff to present New York, NY – The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) will hold the 2013 Courage in Journalism Awards on October 23, 2013, at Cipriani (110 East 42nd Street). George Stephanopoulos, Norah O’Donnell, Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will present the awards to this year’s honorees. See Press Release

Sept 26, 2013 Washington, DC – The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) has added two new members to its Board of Directors: Bryan Monroe, Editor, CNNPolitics.com at CNN George Stephanopoulos, Anchor, ABC’s “Good Morning America” and “This Week”. See Press Release

August 19, 2013 Washington, DC – The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) today launches the first ever global survey of security concerns for women journalists. The survey, created in conjunction with the International News Safety Institute (INSI), will produce much-needed data on the challenges faced by women in news media around the world. See Press Release

June 13, 2013 Washington, D.C. – The IWMF has selected Jakarta-based journalist Prodita Sabarini as the 2013-14 IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow. Sabarini is the ninth recipient of the annual fellowship, which gives a woman journalist working in print, broadcast or online media the opportunity to build skills while focusing exclusively on human rights journalism and social justice issues. See Press Release

May 28, 2013 Washington, D.C. – Norah O’Donnell, co-host of ‘CBS This Morning’, has joined the Board of Directors of the International Women’s Media Foundation. An Emmy-winning journalist, O’Donnell joined CBS News in June 2011 as the Network’s Chief White House Correspondent, and was named a co-host of ‘CBS This Morning’ in July 2012. See Press Release

May 20, 2013 Washington, D.C. – The International Women’s Media Foundation is once again joining forces with nine South African news organizations to improve media coverage of the complex issues surrounding the HIV/AIDS pandemic there. See Press Release

May 14, 2013 Washington, DC — Accustomed to defending freedom of the press around the world, today the IWMF finds itself calling on the US Government to cease its dangerous intrusion on the Associated Press (AP) and uphold the First Amendment rights that make newsgathering possible in a free and open society. See Press Release

May 3, 2013 Washington, DC — Washington, DC – For the past 22 years, the IWMF has paid tribute to women journalists who risk their lives to report the news with its Courage in Journalism Awards. This year, the IWMF honors Najiba Ayubi, Afghanistan; Nour Kelze, Syria; Bopha Phorn, Cambodia; Edna Machirori, Zimbabwe (Lifetime Achievement Award) See Press Release

May 3, 2013 Washington, DC — Today, the International Women’s Media Foundation joined 13 other organizations to condemn the decision by the Ethiopian Supreme Court upholding the 18-year sentence imposed against independent journalist and blogger Eskinder Nega. See Press Release

March 12, 2013 Washington, DC — The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is now accepting applications for the 2013/2014 Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship, designed for a woman journalist working in print, broadcast or digital news media to spend seven months in a tailored program that combines access to MIT’s Center for International Studies and media outlets including The Boston Globe and The New York Times. See Press Release

March 4, 2013 Washington, DC — The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) has awarded three $20,000 grants to entrepreneurial women journalists proposing to use digital media in innovative ways to deliver the news: Susie Cagle | Founder of The Oakland Projects; Lara Setrakian | Co-Founder, Managing Editor of News Deeply; Kelly Virella | Founder of The Urban Thinker See Press Release

February 22, 2013 Washington, DC — The International Women’s Media Foundation is seeking nominations for its 2013 Courage in Journalism Awards and Lifetime Achievement Award. Each year, the Courage in Journalism Awards honor three women journalists who have demonstrated extraordinary strength of character in pursuing their profession under difficult or dangerous circumstances, such as government oppression, threats to personal safety and other intimidating obstacles. See Press Release

January 31, 2013 Washington, DC — The Board of Directors of the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) has appointed Elisa Lees Muñoz as Executive Director. Lees Muñoz brings over 20 years of experience in human rights and media development leading organizations that promote the rule of law, press freedom and the engagement, training and leadership of women in the news media around the world. See Press Release

January 28, 2013 Washington, DC — The IWMF is deeply concerned about freedom and safety of the press in Azerbaijan upon learning of the arrest of radio journalist Khadija Ismayilova, and calls on the government of Azerbaijan to honor Ismayilova’s constitutionally guaranteed right to free speech. Ismayilova, honored with the IWMF Courage in Journalism Award in 2012, was detained by the police at a peaceful demonstration in Azerbaijan’s capital Baku on Saturday, January 26, where crowds had gathered to protest police abuse and arrests that occurred at a rally in the Azerbaijani city of Ismayilli just days earlier. See Press Release

January 25, 2013 Washington, DC –The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) will award three $20,000 grants to entrepreneurial women journalists proposing to use digital media in innovative ways to deliver the news. In addition to seed funding, the program provides coaching from leading entrepreneurs and digital news media experts. See Press Release

January 8, 2013 Washington, DC — The IWMF is gravely concerned about freedom of the press in Ethiopia upon learning the cassation court’s decision to uphold Reeyot Alemu’s conviction and prison sentence in Addis Ababa today. Ethiopia has become one of the most oppressive in the world for press freedom, with numbers of jailed journalists rising steadily each year. Under late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, Ethiopia jailed more journalists than any other country in Africa, except for Eritrea. See Press Release

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