International Women's Media Foundation


The International Women's Media Foundation is dedicated to strengthening the role of women journalists worldwide. The IWMF believes the news media worldwide are not truly free and representative without the equal voice of women.


Main Funds and Events:


- Howard G. Buffett Fund For Women Journalists: provides the financial support for women journalists to pursue opportunities that will make them leaders in the news industry. Approximately $230,000 will be dispersed each year.


- Women Digital News Entrepreneurs Summit: Cracking the Code: Taking place at the Ford Foundation in New York on January 28 and 29, 2015, this event brought together 150 of the key international players and partners who fund and work in the realm of digital news entrepreneurship, both in the U.S. and around the world.


- Emergency Fund: this Emergency Fund has helped woman journalists in terms of relocation, medical aids, and legal assistance, among others.


Fellowship and Grant Program:


- African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative: The IWMF designed this program to support journalists interested in pursuing stories that go beyond the well-established path of political instability, armed conflicts, and humanitarian crisis in the region. Over the next four years, the IWMF will continue to lead groups of women journalists to the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda, and provide training and support for in-country journalists.


- Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship: The Neuffer Fellowship is designed for affiliated or freelance women journalists with at least three years of professional experience in journalism working in print, broadcast, or digital media. A fixed monthly stipend will be provided to cover housing, meals, and ground transportation during the fellowship. Round-trip economy airfare will be purchased from the fellow’s place of residence to Washington, D.C., and from Washington, D.C., to the fellowship city. The fellow will receive health insurance during the program. The fellowship does not include a salary. For fellows residing outside of the United States, the fellowship also covers the costs of applying for and obtaining a U.S. visa.


- Women Entrepreneurs In Digital News Grant Program: the IWMF’s Women Entrepreneurs in Digital News grant program, funded by the Ford Foundation, tackles the issues of limited access to capital and training threaten women’s full participation as entrepreneurs in the digital news media. The IWMF will award three $20,000 grants to women journalists who seek to become online news entrepreneurs.


- Western Sahara Reporting Fellowship Africa: provides international women journalists with the opportunity to exchange knowledge with local journalists in the Western Sahara, and to gain firsthand insight into the region’s culture and economic development.


- Environmental Investigative Reporting Fellowship: the IWMF is providing advanced training and coaching to 10 journalists, preparing them to produce innovative reports about environmental problems and solutions, incorporating women’s role in and perspectives on environmental issues.