Nikki Moir Women in Global Journalism Resilience Fund


CJFE's Journalists in Distress program provides humanitarian assistance to journalists around the world whose lives and well-being are threatened because of their work. Since its creation in 1999, the program has disbursed over $300,000 CAD.

This year, CJFE is pleased to announce a new fund specifically devoted to raising awareness about risks to female journalists and providing female journalists with the necessary funding to escape or resist threats to their lives and livelihood including healthcare, travel, housing and legal support.

CJFE received a generous major donation from the family of Nikki Moir, an early female pioneer in Canadian Journalism. We are using this funding to launch the Nikki Moir Women in Global Journalism Resilience Fund. We are opening this appeal to the public as a crowdfunding initiative with the goal of raising $100,000 for this program.

The average grant for a journalist in distress is $1000, so the success of this funding initiative means CJFE will be able to significantly expand our capacity and assist up to 100 female journalists. 

The establishment of this fund will enable us to conduct research into challenges faced by women in journalism and to understand specific patterns in threats and attacks to better improve safety and security for female journalists the world over.

Applications to the fund are open immediately and will be assessed on an ongoing basis by CJFE staff and board members. 


To apply to the Nikki Moir Women in Global Journalism Resilience Fund, please download the application form.

The applicant must be a female or non-binary identifying journalist whose story is verifiable by either an IFEX member or an organization that provides emergency assistance.

The amount granted typically ranges from $500 to $1500 CAD.

Journalists are eligible for a maximum of two separate grants from CJFE.

Please note that we are only able to accept applications in English. For additional information, questions, or to request an application form in Word format, please email

Visit CJFE's online Resource Centre for more emergency assistance programs, as well as manuals, guides and tips for journalism safety and security.

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