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.
CJFE administers a parallel Journalists in Distress program, providing 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 though to date, only a small number of recipients have been female.
The average grant for a journalist in distress is $1000. Your support for this fund means CJFE will be able to better identify needs and significantly expand our capacity potentially assisting as many as 100 female journalists.
The need for this support is evident with an IWMF survey indicating that newsroom employers provide inadequate support despite the fact that more than two-thirds of women journalists reported threats and harassment on the job.
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.
HOW TO APPLY
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 email@example.com.
Visit CJFE's online Resource Centre for more emergency assistance programs, as well as manuals, guides and tips for journalism safety and security.
Moir, born Myra Nicholson, died in December 2014, at 96 years old. One of the early female pioneers of journalism in Canada, she was born in Alloa, Scotland, in 1919, the youngest, and only girl, with five brothers. At ten years old, Moir moved to Canada with her family and found her passion in a Vancouver newsroom...Read more
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