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Too often, girls and women are portrayed solely as victims or recipients of aid, rather than the strong agents of change that they are – worthy of the world’s investment. Whether it’s responding to humanitarian crises, championing their sexual and reproductive health and rights, addressing climate change, or tackling the world’s economic problems – women are on the front line of solving the globe’s most significant challenges.

This grant initiative seeks to address the need for reporting and increased media coverage of women and girls as agents of positive change in developing countries.

A total amount of $40,000 reporting grant will be awarded to individuals or teams. The estimate of each grant size will range from $3,000 to $10,000. 

The IWMF encourages applications from independent and staff journalists. Applicants to this initiative are required to submit a publishing plan with news outlets from the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States.

This initiative is funded by Women Deliver, a global advocacy organization that champions gender equality and the health and rights of girls and women.


  • Woman-identifying journalists from anywhere in the world are eligible to apply. The IWMF believes that gender does not conform to one notion. We are inclusive of all journalists who identify as women and non-binary people.
  • Professional journalism must be the applicant’s primary profession.
  • Applicants must have three or more years of professional journalism experience. 
  • Teams of journalists may apply, however, the submission must be from a woman journalist and her team must include at least 50% women.

Please note: All answers and documents must be in English. Due to the high volume of applications, we cannot answer questions by phone. Please review the application guideline and frequently asked questions on our website prior to beginning this application. 

All application materials are due via the online system on February 16, 2020. Grants will be disseminated 6-10 weeks following the application close. 

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