In Summary
  • It aims to support sector-leading Women in News programme by enabling them to expand to new markets
  • Women in News is currently active in 15 countries throughout Africa, the Arab Region and Southeast Asia
  • WAN-IFRA’s mission is to protect the rights of journalists and publishers around the world to operate independent media

World Association of News Publishers, WAN-IFRA, last Tuesday announced a seven million Euro funding from SIDA, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.

The four-year grant aims to support sector-leading Women in News programme by enabling them to expand to new markets, launch global research initiatives, and build internal capacity to operate the programme throughout the Arab Region and Sub-Saharan Africa.

EXPANSION AND IMPACT

The funding, which is the largest to have been received by the organisation for its media freedom work, also marks the continuation of a nearly decade-long partnership with SIDA.

WAN-IFRA and its funding partners believe that the underrepresentation of women in the making of news and in the news, as well as the disparities between men and women within the global news media industry, alarmingly undermine the contribution the media can have on democratic development and human rights.

Through Women in News, WAN-IFRA intends to continue to lead the conversation and push for change amongst its membership base and globally.

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