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Every year, the IWMF organizes and participates in a variety of events that bring together thoughtleaders, introduce inspiring women journalists, tell untold stories, and present IWMF’s work and results.

Please check back to find out about upcoming IWMF events. You can join many of our events from anywhere in the world via Twitter and live video streaming (see event details for more information).

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“This event which I come to just about every year, always humbles me – deeply. And it always inspires me. These amazing women encourage me. Their stories uplift me. Their work astounds me and leaves me in awe.” [listen]

– Maria Shriver at the 2012 Courage in Journalism Awards

2017 Courage in Journalism Awards

Since 1990, the Courage in Journalism Awards have honored women journalists who demonstrate extraordinary strength of character in pursuing their profession under difficult or dangerous circumstances, such as war and conflict, censorship, and legal threats.

Learn more about the 2017 Courage in Journalism Award Ceremonies.

ANJA NIEDRINGHAUS COURAGE IN PHOTOJOURNALISM AWARD

The Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award honors women photojournalists who set themselves apart by their extraordinary bravery. Facing and surviving danger to uncover the truth, they raise the bar for reporting under duress.

Take a look at some photos from the event. 

2016 Courage in Journalism Awards

Los Angeles | October 20, 2016

The 2016 Courage in Journalism Awards ceremony in Los Angeles was held on Thursday, October 2016 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The Courage in Journalism Awards honor women journalists who set themselves apart by their extraordinary bravery. Facing and surviving danger to uncover the truth, they raise the bar for reporting under duress.

Event Host: Cindi Leive of Glamour

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2016 Courage in Journalism Awards

New York | October 26, 2016

The Courage in Journalism Awards honor women journalists who set themselves apart by their extraordinary bravery. Facing and surviving danger to uncover the truth, they raise the bar for reporting under duress. The 2016 Courage in Journalism Awards ceremony in New York will be held on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at Cipriani 42nd Street.

Attendees:
Norah O’Donnell of CBS News, Event Host
Cynthia McFadden of NBC News, Event Host
Steven R. Swartz of Hearst, Event Chair
Debra Shriverof Hearst, Benefit Committee Chair
Sally Susman of Pfizer, Leadership Honoree

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Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award

Washington, DC | June 9, 2016
German Embassy & Residence
4645 Reservoir Road NW, Washington, D.C. 20007

The Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award honors women photojournalists who set themselves apart by their extraordinary bravery. Facing and surviving danger to uncover the truth, they raise the bar for reporting under duress.

Event Emcees: Ann Curry, Katty Kay, Ines Pohl and Judy Woodruff

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“The Armor of Light” Screening

Washington, DC | April 25, 2016

Atlantic Plumbing Cinema, Landmark Theatres, 807 V St NW, Washington, DC

In April 2016, IWMF, in partnership with Women in Film and Video, hosted an exclusive screening of “The Armor of Light,” featuring an interview with documentary producer Abigail Disney, on April 25. Ms. Disney was the 2015 IWMF Courage in Journalism Award New York Leadership Honoree. Her documentaries have been acclaimed for their bold, intelligent presentations and have secured several awards, including Best Documentary Feature at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival. Her film, The Armor of Light, examines gun violence and evangelicalism in America and is Ms. Disney’s directorial debut.

Reporting Africa: Beyond Conflict Panel, in partnership with RISC

NYC | January 19, 2016

Hosted at the Brooklyn Brewery

Moderator: Lynn Polgreen, deputy international editor and former West Africa and Johannesburg Bureau Chief of NYT

  • Speakers: Kimberly Adams, NPR
  • Monique Jaques, Freelance Photographer
  • Jessica Hatcher, Freelance Journalist
  • Alexis Okeowo of The New Yorker

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Inside Media: Photojournalists on Covering Global Crisis

Washington, DC | September 19, 2015 

Newseum | Knight TV Studio

On the opening weekend of the Newseum’s newest exhibit “40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World – The Photography of Howard G. Buffett,” Emmy award-winning journalist Ann Curry moderated a panel of photo and video journalists who discussed how their work brings a sharpened focus on critical development issues.

The panel featured:

Natalie Keyssar, a freelance photojournalist and story contributor at Institute for Artist Management, who has focused on themes of class inequality and the personal effects of political turmoil.

Katie Moore, a freelance photojournalist who has covered the Occupy Wall Street protests, the effects of drought in western India and Hurricane Sandy

Whitney Shefte, a senior video journalist at The Washington Post and a former fellow on the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) Western Sahara reporting initiative

Judy Walgren, the director of photography at the San Francisco Chronicle who has reported on human rights abuses against women and child poverty

The program also featured remarks by Elisa Lees Muñoz, executive director of the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF).

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2015 Courage in Journalism Awards

New York | October 21, 2015

The Courage in Journalism Awards honor women journalists who set themselves apart by their extraordinary bravery. Facing and surviving danger to uncover the truth, they raise the bar for reporting under duress. The 2015 honorees include Mwape Kumwenda, a reporter for Muvi Television in Zambia; Anna Nemtsova, a contributor for The Daily Beast and Newsweek in Russia; Lourdes Ramirez, a freelance journalist in Honduras; and Linda Deutsch, a special correspondent and trial reporter (retired) for the Associated Press.

Abigail Disney has been named as the 2015 IWMF Leadership Honoree for her commitment to advancing women’s issues and her passion for peace initiatives.

Hosted by Norah O’Donnell and Cynthia McFadden, the 2015 Courage in Journalism Awards ceremony was held on Wednesday, October 21, 2015  in New York.

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2015 Courage in Journalism Awards

Los Angeles | October 27, 2014

Hosted by the editor-in-chief of Glamour magazine, Cindi Leive, and actress Olivia Wilde the 2015 Courage in Journalism Awards ceremony was held on October 27, 2015 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

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The Role of Women Journalists in War Zones

Berlin, Germany | June 24, 2015

Heidi Levine and Mariane Pearl discuss the rising violence against women journalists worldwide.
A panel discussion hosted by the International Women’s Media Foundation, Journalistinnenbund e.V. and taz Panter Foundation.

Panelists:
Heidi Levine, first winner of the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award
Mariane Pearl, journalist and managing editor, Chime for Change

Moderator:
Ines Pohl, Editor in Chief, taz

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Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award

Berlin, Germany | June 25, 2015

In honor of Anja Niedringhaus’ memory and in tribute to her work, the IWMF will give the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award annually to a female photojournalist doing brave and principled work under dangerous conditions.
The inaugural Award ceremony will be held in Germany, Anja’s home country.

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Journalism Under Fire: Promoting Press Freedom and Protecting Journalists in an Era of Terrorism, Conflict and Instability

United Nations Foundation, Washington DC | April 24, 2015 – 2:00pm – 4:00pm

On the occasion of the Week of the White House Correspondents Dinner Weekend, the International Women’s Media Foundation (@IWMF), The Fund for Peace (@fundforpeace), and the United Nations Foundation (@unfoundation)
invite you to a panel discussion
Journalism Under Fire: Promoting Press Freedom and Protecting Journalists in an Era of Terrorism, Conflict and Instability“.

Featuring remarks by:
Indira Lakshmanan, Senior Correspondent, Bloomberg News
Elisa Lees Muñoz, Executive Director, International Women’s Media Foundation
J.J. Messner, Executive Director, The Fund for Peace
Chouchou Namegabe Dubuisson, Journalist and Founder, South Kivu’s Women’s Media Association
Eugene Robinson, Pulitzer-Prize Winning Journalist, Columnist and Former Managing Editor, The Washington Post
Louise Roug, Global News Editor, Mashable
Charles Sennot, Executive Editor and Vice President, GlobalPost and the GroundTruth Project
Aaron Sherinian, Chief Communications and Marketing Officer, United Nations Foundation
Jon Williams, International News Managing Editor, ABC
Michelle Upton, Vice President and Managing Editor, Al-Monitor
George C. Papagiannis, External Relations and Information, UNESCO

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For more information, please contact events@unfoundation.org

The Other Side of the Story: A Year of Reporting From Eastern Congo

NPR World Headquarters, Washington DC | November 19, 2014

An accomplished group of IWMF reporting fellows, and the Chairman and CEO of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, Howard G. Buffett, will participate in a November 19th panel discussion to share their experiences reporting from and working in Eastern Congo.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 | 12pm – 2pm

WHERE: NPR World Headquarters
1111 North Capitol St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Featuring:
Moderator: Didrik Schanche | NPR
Bianca Consunji | Mashable
Maeve Frances | Independent Journalist
Nina Strochlic | The Daily Beast
Howard G. Buffett | Chairman and CEO, Howard G. Buffett Foundation; Author, 40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World

Lunch will be served from 12:00 – 12:30pm.

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Inside Media: Female Journalists on the Front Lines

Newseum, Washington DC | October 19, 2014

Solange Lusiku Nsimire and Brankica Stankovic, two recipients of the IWMF’s 2014 Courage in Journalism Awards, will talk about their work and the pursuit of the truth under dangerous conditions. The awards honor female journalists who set themselves apart by their extraordinary bravery.

WHEN: Sunday, October 19, 2014 @ 2:30 pm

WHERE: Newseum, Knight TV Studio
555 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest | Washington, DC 20001

COST: Free with Newseum admission. Seating is on a space-available basis.
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25th Courage in Journalism Awards

New York | October 22, 2014

The Courage in Journalism Awards honor women journalists who set themselves apart by their extraordinary bravery. Facing and surviving danger to uncover the truth, they raise the bar for reporting under duress. The 2014 honorees include CNN war correspondent Arwa Damon (USA), editor-in-chief of Le Souverain, Solange Lusiku Nsimire (Democratic Republic of the Congo), and TV Reporter Brankica Stanković (Serbia). Alexandra Trower, Executive Vice President, Global Communications, at The Estée Lauder Companies has been named the 2014 IWMF Leadership Honoree, for demonstrating an outstanding commitment to responsible and innovative leadership.

Hosted by Norah O’Donnell and Cynthia McFadden, the 2014 Courage in Journalism Awards ceremony in New York will be held on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at Cipriani 42nd Street.
The reception starts at 11:00 am, with a luncheon and program beginning at 12:00pm.

To attend the Courage in Journalism Awards ceremony, please purchase your ticket(s) here:
Get Tickets | View Invite | Watch Live Stream

 

25th Courage in Journalism Awards

Los Angeles | October 28, 2014

Hosted by actress Olivia Wilde and the editor-in-chief of Glamour magazine, Cindi Leive, the 2014 Courage in Journalism Awards ceremony in Los Angeles will be held on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
The reception starts at 6:30 pm, with a dinner and program beginning at 7:30pm.

To attend the Courage in Journalism Awards ceremony, please purchase your ticket(s) here:
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News Reporting and Navigating Risk – How Women Journalists Stay Safe in Hostile Environments

The Paley Center, New York | September 18, 2014 | 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

INTERACTIVE DISCUSSION + SECURITY TRAINING WORKSHOP

PART ONE is a moderated conversation among women journalists working in hostile environments around the world about their experiences, along with best practices and advice for managing personal safety.
Moderated by ANN CURRY, National + International Correspondent/Anchor at Large, NBC News
Panelists:
• Indira Lakshmanan, U.S. Diplomacy and Foreign Policy correspondent, Bloomberg News – @Indira_L
• Agnes Taile, IWMF Courage Award winner from Cameroon, founder of Le Septentrion – @AgnesTaile
• Nicole Tung, freelance photojournalists – @NicoleTung6
• Deputy Head of High Risk for the BBC

PART TWO is an orientation on security best practices with the Deputy Head of High Risk for the BBC.

RSVP | Learn More
Not in NYC? Join the discussion via live stream, and via #JournoSecurity on Twitter (starting at 9:00am ET).

 

A Global View of Freedom of Expression

Capitol Hill, Washington DC | July 10, 2014 – 12:00 to 2:00 pm

Where is Freedom of Expression headed? How do media plurality, safety of journalists, gender and freedom of expression within the sustainable development goals determine its path?
The IWMF (@IWMF), Committee to Protect Journalists (@pressfreedom), Freedom House (@FreedomHouseDC), Article 19 (@article19org), Better World Campaign (@BetterWorldOrg) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (@UNESCO) ask you to join the Washington release of the

UNESCO World Trends Report on Freedom of Expression and Media Development

Welcome remarks from
Rep. Adam Schiff

Opening remarks from
Karin Höglund, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Sweden in Washington, DC

Discussion moderated by:
Eugene Robinson, The Washington Post

featuring:
Courtney Radsch (Committee to Protect Journalists)
Karin Deutsch Karlekar (Freedom House)
Elisa Lees Muñoz (International Women’s Media Foundation)
Quinn McKew (Article 19)

R.S.V.P to unfevents@unfoundation.org, follow the event on Twitter via #WorldTrends and #pressfreedom.

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Courage to change the narrative: Women’s Voices from Fragile States and Why They Matter

United Nations Foundation, Washington DC | May 02, 2014 – 8:30 am

On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day and White House Correspondents Dinner Weekend, the International Women’s Media Foundation (@IWMF), RefugePoint (@RefugePt), The Fund for Peace (@fundforpeace), Georgetown University (@giwps), and the United Nations Foundation (@unfoundation)
ask you to join
Courage to change the narrative: Women’s Voices from Fragile States and Why They Matter“.

Featuring a conversation moderated by
Ambassador Melanne Verveer (Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security)

with:
Amy Slaughter and Yar Ayuel (RefugePoint)
Krista Hendry (Fund for Peace)
Elaisha Stokes (IWMF Reporting Fellow)

 

Eastern DR Congo Reporting Fellowship

Kampala, Uganda / Goma, DR Congo | April 2014

In April, the IWMF will organize the second of a series of reporting trips to North Kivu province in Eastern DRC to explore new narratives from the region. Reporting themes will include democracy and governance; economic development as a demobilization strategy; and the impact of aid. The trip will consist of a four-day briefing session by international experts on the region, along with a specialized journalism security training workshop, followed by a week of in-country reporting with access to a wide range of sites and sources.
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Harassment and Violence against Women Journalists

Room XXIII, Palais des Nations, Geneva | March 10, 2014 – 1 p.m.

Presenting the IWMF/INSI study on the dangers of female media workers

This event will present the results of a groundbreaking study which surveyed almost 1000 female journalists from around the world about violence and harassment they experienced in relation to their work. It will further discuss the findings of the study and draw conclusions on the status of women journalists and possible ways to improve their safety.
The study was conducted by the International Women’s Media Foundation (IMWF) and the International News Safety Institute (INSI) with funding from the Austrian government and the support of UNESCO.

PANELISTS:
Frank LA RUE | United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression
Alana BARTON | International Women’s Media Foundation
Hannah STORM | International News Safety Institute
Sylvie COUDRAY | Communication and Information Sector, UNESCO
Alison BETHEL-McKENZIE | International Press Institute
Moderator: Ambassador Thomas HAJNOCZI | Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations in Geneva

 

Information and Communications Technologies and a free and independent media empowers women and girls

Conference Room D, United Nations, New York City | March 11, 2014 – 10 a.m.
Watch Webcast

UNESCO Side Event: 58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, CSW

PANELISTS:
Irina Bokova | Director-General, UNESCO
Elisa Lees Muñoz | Executive Director, International Women’s Media Foundation
H.E. Mr. Martin Sajdik | Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations
Gülser Coratis | Director of UNESCO’s Division for Gender Equality in the Office of the Director-General
Dr. Pamela S. Falk | President of the United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA)
Read more | Watch Webcast

 

Panel Discussion: Women’s Voice in the Public Sphere | Promoting Empowerment through Journalism

New York City | March 12, 2014 – 2:30 pm

The U.N. Millennium Development Goals focus on women’s disproportional suffering from hunger and poverty, lower educational levels than men, and lower standing in nearly every social indicator the world over. To what extent are women’s lived daily experiences related to these problems covered in the media? Do news stories use knowledgeable women as sources on social issues? Are women able to gain employment and advance into decision making levels within news companies? Where are women’s voices? Do new technologies, including social media, better enable women to find their public voice?

PANELISTS:
Carolyn M. Byerly | Professor of Communications, Howard University
Elisa Lees Muñoz | Executive Director, International Women’s Media Foundation
Martha Leslie Allen | Director, Women’s Institute for Freedom of the Press
Stephanie Ortoleva | Founder and President, Women Enabled
Karen Toulon | New York Bureau Chief, Bloomberg News
Read more

 

Eastern DR Congo Reporting Fellowship

Kampala, Uganda / Goma, DR Congo | January 2014

In January, the IWMF will organize the first of a series of reporting trips to North Kivu province in Eastern DRC to explore new narratives from the region. Reporting themes will include democracy and governance; economic development as a demobilization strategy; and the impact of aid. Each trip will consist of a four-day briefing session by international experts on the region, along with a specialized journalism security training workshop, followed by a week of in-country reporting with access to a wide range of sites and sources.

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Global Forum on Media and Gender

Bangkok, Thailand | December 2 – 4, 2013

In December 2013, hundreds of leaders and decision-makers in media organizations, civil society actors, governments, UN agencies, business and human rights advocates will gather at Imperial Queens Park hotel in Bangkok, Thailand to evaluate the trends in gender inequalities in the media and formulate collective and creative solutions to reduce gender disparities. The Global Forum on Media and Gender will be hosted by the Kingdom of Thailand National Commission for UNESCO and the Thammasat University.

The IWMF will be sitting on the panel in three sessions:
Gender Dimensions of Freedom of Expression
Global status of women in media and technology
Research and Policy Agenda for the Global Alliance on Media and Gender

Visit the official website of the UNESCO Global Forum on Media and Gender

Book Launch: The Palgrave International Handbook of Women and Journalism

Washington, DC | November 22, 2013

The Women’s Institute for Freedom of the Press is celebrating the release of the new book edited by Dr. Carolyn Byerly: The Palgrave International Handbook of Women and Journalism.

Presenters:
• Dr. Gracie Lawson-Borders, dean, Howard School of Communications
• Elisa Muñoz, director, International Women’s Media Foundation, sponsor of book’s research
• Dr. Maria Nghidinwa, World Bank, author of chapter on Namibia
• Dr. Peter Kareithi, PennState Harrisburg, author of chapter on Kenya

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Gender-Based Violence and Journalists: Realities and Responses

Washington, DC | November 21, 2013

Gender-based violence (GBV) is one of the most powerful and all-too-commonly used means to silence journalists around the world. Yet every day, media workers—both women and men—choose to face threats and assaults in order to provide free and transparent reporting.
In advance of the International Day to End Impunity (November 23) and the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence (November 25-December 10), IREX is hosting an expert discussion to explore: How are international organizations and journalists raising awareness of this issue? What forms does GBV against journalists take in the field and online? What is working to prevent GBV and to provide support to survivors? The event will conclude with concrete recommendations for key audiences, including journalists, editors, media owners, and policymakers.

Panelists:
• Moderator: Oktavia Jonsdottir, IREX Program Director, Securing Access to Free Expression (S.A.F.E.)
Elisa Lees Muñoz, Executive Director, International Women’s Media Foundation
Hannah Storm, Director, International News Safety Institute
Nada Alwadi, Journalist and Co-Founder, Bahraini Press Association

Visit this event’s official website

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