Adelante is the IWMF’s Latin America reporting initiative that seeks to reduce the gender gap in the region by giving women journalists the opportunities and skills to amplify their voices and to advance in their careers. The Initiative builds on the successes of the IWMF’s African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative.

Adelante provides international reporting trips, year-long fellowships for in-country journalists, and expanded security training in Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and the Mexico-United States border. Adelante is made possible by a generous five-year, $5 million grant from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation.

Beginning in 2016, the IWMF will run 30 international reporting fellowship trips for  women journalists. These trips generate significant media coverage of under-reported issues in the countries of focus and promote new narratives in the international media.

International reporting trips and local fellowship themes will include democracy and governance, immigration, agricultural development, economic opportunity, expanded technology access, women’s rights and development, education, and conservation. Over the five years, IWMF’s Adelante program will enable more than 270 journalists to reshape the media narrative about the region.

Additionally, the IWMF will award year-long fellowships to journalists in the countries of focus who are reporting on issues of importance in their own communities. These fellowships will help journalists – both men and women – develop skills and deepen their expertise in a particular subject area, with support from international journalists and local editors. The IWMF will offer 90 of these fellowships over five years.

Finally, the IWMF will provide Hostile Environments and Emergency First Aid Training (HEFAT) for hundreds of in-country journalists, both men and women across the region, helping them to stay safer in the field.

For more details about Adelante reporting fellowships, and additional information on how to apply, please read our answers to frequently asked questions and sign up for IWMF email updates. Announcements are also made on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages. You can also download or print our brochure about Adelante here.

Adelante Fellows

“I chose to pursue a career in journalism when I was very young. I think that journalism is a guard dog of democracy and that too often, this is not well explained. Still, I strongly believe that as long as I work as a journalist, as a woman journalist, my duty is to keep trying to tell stories: the stories of our world, the stories of those ‘others’ that one day could be me, or you.”
Irene Savio
"This was a formative experience, and despite all the challenges and questions it's raised for me, I hope to carry this with me in every story I do for the rest of my life.”
Molly O'Toole