West African Gender-based Violence Reporting Fellowship 2022

The West African Gender-based Violence Reporting Fellowship 2022 is currently accepting applications.

West African Gender-based Violence

Journalists and authors from Nigeria, Ghana, and Senegal are encouraged to apply for a specialized program aimed at investigating and exposing under-reported subjects of violence against women.

The Africa Women Journalism Project, a collaboration between the International Centre for Journalists and the Ford Foundation West Africa, has launched a call for women journalists in Nigeria, Ghana, and Senegal to increase their capacity to understand the complexities of gender-based violence and exploitation and empower them to cover gender-related issues.

The AWJP is searching for 60 female journalists who are interested in uncovering the extent of gender-based violence in the target nations as part of its initiative.

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Benefits of the West African Gender-based Violence Reporting Fellowship 2022

  • Successful applicants will be eligible to apply for a 9-month Fellowship starting in January 2022 and ending in September 2022.
  • Fellows will be awarded microgrants in order to create data-driven and collaborative reporting initiatives.
  • Fellows who are selected will be able to seek bigger funding to help them produce more complicated, data-driven, and investigative reporting projects.
  • Fellows will also be able to apply for funds to provide peer-to-peer training sessions in their local newsrooms, allowing them to share their skills and experience and establish themselves as experts in the sector.
  • Fellows will be allocated an experienced narrative mentor and will meet on a regular basis for webinars with experts from many sectors to discuss gender-related problems that are important to their communities and how the epidemic is affecting development initiatives.
  • The tales of the fellows will be presented on the websites of partner newsrooms, with connections to the Africa Women’s Journalism Project’s website.
  • The articles will be published on a regular basis by the successful Fellows and their media affiliations.


  • The 12 chosen fellows will be paid a stipend of $150 per month (depending on how many stories they produce each month) to support their reporting during the fellowship.


  • Only women journalists from Ghana, Nigeria, and Senegal are eligible.
  • Working journalists with at least three years of full-time, professional journalistic experience are eligible to apply.
  • Journalists that are affiliated or freelancing are eligible to apply.
  • To properly participate in and benefit from the Fellowship, applicants must be able to speak, read, and write fluent English or French.
  • Each candidate must submit one narrative on a topic related to or intersecting with gender-based violence that has received little attention.
  • Applicants must commit to writing and publishing at least one story within a month after completing the information and training sessions.
  • Applicants must attend all planned webinars, informational meetings, and training sessions throughout the program.
  • Applicants who are accepted into the Fellows program must commit to having monthly interactions with their allocated mentor.
  • Successful candidates will be expected to write a 250-word blog on their program experience and lessons learned for publishing on the partners’ and AWJP websites.

Story Requirements

  • In any of the target nations, the tale must deal with gender-based violence (Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal).
  • The tale has to be relevant to these nations as well as the rest of West Africa.
  • It has to be well-written and engaging.
  • Must adhere to the highest journalistic standards, such as the use of several sources.
  • Data may be used to successfully communicate a narrative.
  • Include photos, videos, and graphics.
  • In-depth investigative pieces with fresh facts or a unique perspective on the problem will be a plus.
  • Within a month after receiving the story grant and at the conclusion of the information sessions, each tale must be published.

Evaluation Criteria:

The following criteria will be used to analyze the applications:

  • the significance of the narrative provided
  • the piece’s viability and uniqueness
  • The motive indicated in the application, as well as the journalistic approach, are both noteworthy.

Application of West African Gender-based Violence Reporting Fellowship 2022

Complete the application form in full no later than November 5, 2021.

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Deadline: November 5, 2021

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