IWMF On the Ground

Read the stories from fellows as they report on the ground.

Through our blog, read the experiences from our fellows from our most recent reporting trip.

The women who want to set the system on fire

When I applied and was later accepted into the IWMF Adelante program I had no idea what to expect. What I did know is that I would meet 13 other women from various places who…

Gender Equity in the Journalism Industry

As a young journalist who has spent the majority of her career as a freelancer, I was drawn to IWMF because I wanted to become part of a community. I’ve often felt alone as a…

Surviving Gender Violence in Tegucigalpa

After spending over a week in the scorching heat of San Pedro Sula, Tegucigalpa offered a much needed respite. The mountains that surrounded the city reminded me so much of my   beloved childhood home,…

The vital importance of HEFAT for journalists worldwide

  I once worked for an organization where I trained women journalists around the world. I worked there for many years as a regional editor, where I traveled within the U.S., to Guatemala, Haiti and…

Thirty minutes in El Salvador, two weeks in Honduras and perpetually in the Americas

  It was a long shot. If this were any ordinary airport experience, three hours would be a long enough layover. But what my mom was suggesting I do was not ordinary.  OK, I told…

Inside a HEFAT Kidnapping Scenario

As a writer and journalist, I think a lot about language. How do the words we use tell a story? How do they change a story? And what kind of responsibility do we have in…

Why Words Matter

My reporting partner and I were the first ones to climb into the van. We headed to the backseat. We waited for some of our colleagues to join us. For the sliding door of the…

In San Pedro Sula, Little Hope for Youth

La Rivera Hernandez is a vast territory in San Pedro Sula that’s home to thousands of residents. In it, you find entrepreneurs and business owners of all kinds – fruit salesmen, barbers, neighborhood restaurants, mechanics,…

The voices that stay with you

One of the best things of being out in the field is how unpredictable it can be. You can arrive somewhere with an idea of how you want your story to go but sometimes you…