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One way of supporting the IWMF and its mission is to become an advocate on behalf of the women we support. There are endless ways to do this – talking to your friends and family about the importance of press freedom and gender equality, sharing a link to the IWMF website on your Facebook wall, retweeting our Twitter messages, standing up for women journalists who are pursuing their profession under dangerous circumstances – advocating on their behalf links you to an international community who shares the same belief: that the news media worldwide are not truly free and representative without the equal voice of women.

  • Nominate a JournalistThe 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. We also recognize the pioneers who kicked down barriers to make it possible for women all over the world to find their voices …

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  • pg-icon-justice IWMF Condemns Killing of Colombian JournalistOctober 2, 2015 — The IWMF decries the recent killing of Nimia Peña Pedroza, a 28 year-old woman journalist from Valledupar, Colombia. The killing of Ms. Pedroza marks the fourth journalist killing this year in the country this year alone, possibly signaling a deadly and targeted trend against press freedom. The IWMF hopes that the …

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  • Reeyot AlemuDemand the release of Reeyot Alemu

    , on June 21, 2011, Ethiopian journalist Reeyot Alemu was arrested and thrown in jail for shining a rare light on her country's government. Although Alemu has won the IWMF Courage in Journalism Award and the UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize, the Ethiopian government insists that she is a terrorist. News anchors Christiane Amanpour and Cynthia McFadden have called for her release, and the IWMF has worked tirelessly to advocate on Alemu's behalf. Now we need your help demanding Reeyot Alemu's freedom!


  • Women Make The News
    Amplify women's voices
    March 8 is International Women's Day.
    Research has shown that, on average, only 24% of people questioned, seen, heard or read about in the media are women. In addition, less than one in every five experts interviewed is a woman. The media, as champions of freedom of expression and with their function to promote diversity, should treat this imbalance as a threat to the free expression of half the world’s population.
    Find out what you can do to change that.


  • kality-thn #Kality Tweet Chat – December 19“Last year, we had the honor of hosting the 2012 Courage in Journalism Award for the International Women’s Media Foundation. It was a moving, even glittering event. But there was one striking absence. Journalist Reeyot Alemu could not come to New York to receive her award because she is languishing in an Ethiopian prison.” – …

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  • ReeyotAlemu01-thn Ethiopian journalist on hunger strike over mistreatment in prisonSeptember 13, 2013 — As stories about the political crisis in Cairo have been dominating the news from Egypt, there has been limited coverage on a brewing international conflict between Egypt and Ethiopia – two countries that do not share a border but are indivisibly connected by the Nile, the world’s longest river. Amid works …

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  • Schibbye01-thn Reeyot Alemu: Imprisoned for defending free speech in EthiopiaJanuary 4, 2013 — It was only a matter of time before Ethiopian journalist Reeyot Alemu was sent to prison. Her country has become one of the most oppressive in the world for press freedom, with numbers of jailed journalists rising steadily each year. Alemu was arrested on June 21, 2011, and accused of conspiracy …

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