IWMF is the only NGO that offers safety training, reporting trips, and byline opportunities, all tailored to female journalists — both established, and up-and-coming. The IWMF believes that gender does not conform to one notion. IWMF is inclusive of all journalists who identify as women, which includes trans women, and non-binary people.
Types of assistance offered by the organisation:
The IWMF Emergency Fund for journalists in crisis is provided for women journalists with a lifeline of support in times of distress or threat. Now more than ever, journalists around the world face real dangers as a result of their reporting. The Emergency Fund is sustained with the support of individual donors to address the growing need to provide direct assistance to women journalists who are suffering.
Promoting the work and advancing the role of women in the news media across the globe is critical to transparency and a diversity of voices. The Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists, the first funding initiative of its kind, enables the IWMF to dramatically expand its support of women journalists. The Fund supports projects including educational opportunities, investigative reporting and media development initiatives.
With the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award, the IWMF celebrates the courageous work of women photojournalists. The Award recognizes the importance of visual journalistic work that inspires us to take action and compels us to better understand the world.
The grant initiative seeks to address the need for reporting and increased media coverage of women and girls as agents of positive change in developing countries. Applicants to this initiative are required to submit a publishing plan with news outlets in the following countries*: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States.
The Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship provides academic and professional opportunities to advance the reporting skills of women journalists who focus on human rights and social justice. The Neuffer Fellowship is designed for staff or freelance women journalists with at least three years of professional experience in journalism working in print, broadcast, or digital media.
The IWMF is committed to helping improve the ability of journalists to report safely in an increasingly complex world, and improve their situational awareness, self-defense and first aid skills. Since 2014, we have organized 50 Hostile Environment and First Aid Training (HEFAT) courses that have trained more than 700 journalists from diverse mediums, outlets, and levels of experience.
The Courage in Journalism Awards show people that female journalists are not going to step aside, cannot be silenced, and deserve to be recognized for their strength in the face of adversity. It honors the brave journalists who report on taboo topics, work in environments hostile to women, and share difficult truths.
The IWMF’s Kim Wall Memorial Fund will provide two $5,000 grants to journalists whose work embodies the spirit of Kim’s reporting. The grant will fund a woman reporter covering subculture, broadly defined, and what Kim liked to call “the undercurrents of rebellion.” Applicant must be able to show proof of interest from an editor or have a proven track record of publication in prominent media outlets.