IWMF Invites Applications for its Emergency Fund for Women Journalists

Elisa Lees Muñoz
Executive Director of IWMF

The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is inviting female journalists from around the world to apply for the IWMF Emergency Fund for Journalists in crisis. The fund provides women journalists with a lifeline of support in times of distress or threat.

Recognizing that that more than ever before, journalists around the world now face real dangers as a result of their reporting, the IWMF Emergency Fund will provide women journalists with small grants for psychological and medical care for incidents directly related to threats and crises caused by their work as a journalist including: three months of temporary relocation assistance in the event of crisis or threat; legal aid to counter threats of imprisonment or censorship; and non-financial assistance in the form of information about additional access to resources.

To be eligible, an applicant must be a woman who is a staff or freelance reporter working in any medium and whose primary profession is journalism; have worked full-time as a journalist within six months of applying for assistance; and apply for assistance with a crisis situation directly connected to her work as a journalist.

The IWMF believes that gender does not conform to one notion and is inclusive of all journalists who identify as women and non-binary people.

To request assistance from the IWMF Emergency Fund, applicants must first Create a Submittable Account and thereafter complete the Preliminary Questionnaire after which an IWMF staff member will respond to requests in a timely manner at which point the applicant may be required to provide additional information.

Applicants are to take note that IWMF may take time to process their requests as it prioritizes the most urgent requests. IWMF does not consider requests that do not meet its stated criteria.

For further information, please go to the Emergency Fund Intake Form.