Announcing: 2016 Fund for Women Journalists Grantees (Round 2)


The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) has awarded eight journalists with transformational grants through the Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists, now in its second year of grant making. These grants are designed to enable female journalists to pursue important educational opportunities, investigative reporting, and media development initiatives.

Out of a pool of more than 400 applicants, representing media projects in 87 countries, the eight grantees will receive a total of $101,700 to facilitate the production of their projects. Over the next eight years, the initiative will award a total of $2.3 million to female journalists who are pursuing freelance reporting projects and professional skills building opportunities.

“We are enormously proud to announce this new class of IWMF grantees. The Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists has made a critical difference in the professional development opportunities available worldwide for women in the news media,” said Elisa Lees Muñoz, the IWMF’s Executive Director.

IWMF Grantees of this year’s second round of the Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists:

Carole Alfarah

Carole Alfarah

Carole Alfarah is a Syrian independent photographer based in Spain. The IWMF has funded Alfarah’s ongoing Multimedia project “Starting Anew Away From Home,” which follows Syrian refugees as they resettle in Europe.

Iona Craig

Iona Craig

Iona Craig Freelance, U.K.-based, Irish-British journalist Iona Craig is receiving funding from the IWMF to participate in a course on International Humanitarian Law at the International Institute of Humanitarian Law in Sanremo, Italy. Craig regularly reports on human rights and the workshop is specifically designed for journalists involved in reporting on armed conflict. 

Angelina Fusco

Angelina Fusco, photo by Darren Kidd

Angelina Fusco Ireland-based, former head of BBC Television News in Northern Ireland and freelance journalism trainer, Angelina Fusco is working with Dimi Reider, an independent print journalist and facilitator covering Europe and the Middle East, to conduct a six-day trauma training workshop for journalists on the frontlines at the Corrymeela Centre in Northern Ireland.

Tanya Habjouqa

Tanya Habjouqa

Tanya Habjouqa Middle East-based, Jordanian-American, freelance photojournalist Tanya Habjouqa is receiving IWMF funding to produce her project, “We Are All Children of Nine Months,” which explores childbirth in both Israel and the West Bank.

Lena Jackson

Lena Jackson

Lena Jackson Freelance American filmmaker Lena Jackson, based in Miami, Florida, is receiving IWMF funding to support her in-depth documentary work on the educational experiences of recently arrived immigrant teens in the United States.

Marie Mulli

Marie Mulli

Marie Mulli Nairobi-based freelance television producer Marie Mulli, a Kenyan, is being supported by the IWMF to complete her documentary project on a local dance group, Focus Beyond Imagination, who has risen to international acclaim..

Yoani Sanchez

Yoani Sanchez

Yoani Sanchez Independent Cuban journalist and director of 14ymedio, the island’s first independent daily news outlet. Yoani Sánchez is being funded by the IWMF to produce in-depth series exploring the challenges women in Cuban society face.

Sim Chi Yin

Sim Chi Yim, photo by Alan Lim

Sim Chi Yin Singaporean freelance visual journalist Sim Chi Yin, based in Beijing, China, is receiving IWMF funding to support her ongoing multimedia project, “For This My Grandfather Died: a Family History of the Malayan Emergency.”.

The IWMF will open another round of funding in late January 2017. The Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists is supporting opportunities that empower women and promote the goals of transparency, democracy and a diversity of voices reporting across all media platforms.

This group of grantees joins an impressive cohort of IWMF grantee alumnae from countries including Peru, Germany, Ecuador, Kenya, Liberia, and Turkey, whose work has been published or aired in a multitude of global media outlets thanks to the Fund.

The Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists was established by the IWMF in 2014 with the generous support of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation to promote the work and advance the contributions of women in the news media working around the world.

The International Women’s Media Foundation’s mission is to unleash the potential of women journalists as champions of press freedom to transform the global news media. With the strong belief that the media is not truly free and representative without the equal voice of women, the IWMF’s programs help ensure that female journalists around the world are fully supported, protected, recognized and rewarded for their vital contributions at all levels of the news media.

Established in 1990 by female journalists including Christiane Amanpour and Judy Woodruff, the IWMF’s programs have evolved over time to meet the changing needs of the women we serve. Through reporting trips for international journalists across 12 countries in Africa and Latin America, the IWMF is amplifying coverage about a range of important issues, and providing safety and first aid training, while enhancing the skills of local journalists. Other IWMF programs are providing female journalists with access to grants and fellowships to advance their careers. The IWMF’s Emergency Fund provides a vital lifeline of assistance to women who have risked their safety, welfare, and freedom in pursuit of the news. Finally, the Courage in Journalism Awards and Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Awards recognize phenomenal journalists who bravely work to capture critical reportage and the human spirit amidst conflict or threats to their personal safety.

Follow the progress of IWMF grantees on Twitter @IWMF, #IWMFgrantee

For media inquiries, please contact Jennifer Hyman, Communications Director at jhyman@iwmf.org.

Learn more about the Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists, sign up for updates, and submit proposals for future funding rounds here.

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