Dec 12 2020: Celebrate The Disruptors of 2020, this week: Karyn Pugliese

This week’s highlights

  • We need YOU to help us Celebrate the Disruptors this Holiday Season !
  • #16DaysOfActivism in Kenya for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
  • This #HumanRightsDay2020, JHR Jordan celebrates by launching the Investigative Journalism Manual for Jordan Journalists

Help JHR #CelebrateTheDisruptors this Holiday Season

THANK YOU to everyone who helped us launch our Celebrate the Disruptors campaign this #GivingTuesday! Since we launched, we have already raised $44,571 of our $70,000 goal. 

BUT we aren’t done yet! Click here to donate TODAY

We still need YOU to support us as we continue to celebrate our brave disruptors this holiday season: those who, in 2020, have had the courage to highlight the social divides the pandemic has exposed and push for better. 

Last week, we celebrated Sandra Bashengazi from the Democratic Republic of Congo. This week, we are celebrating the brave Karyn Pugliese aka Pabàmàdiz, Algonquin, Pikwàkanagàn First Nation.

Karyn is best known for her work as a Parliament Hill reporter and as the Executive Director of News and Current Affairs at APTN, where she ran the news department for seven years. She joined Ryerson’s faculty in the Spring of 2020 while completing a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University.

As part of the report Half the Story is Never Enough recently published by JHR and UNESCO, Karyn authored the paper Silent no more: what Indigenous women journalists in Canada face, and what can be done to help them, which draws insights from in-depth interviews with 15 female Indigenous journalists working in media in Canada. 

In this paper, she lays out a concrete action plan outlining strategies to mitigate the threats female Indigenous journalists face every day. 

With YOUR support you can help Karyn support and protect Indigenous women in media. 

YOU can help us make a difference TODAY! 

Click here to listen to the stories of other brave female journalists in JHR’s Indigenous Reporters Program here at home Canada. 

YOU can help us TODAY. Click here to donate TODAY!

Help us Celebrate the Disruptors: those who mobilized media to change lives in 2020 – for the better.


#16DaysOfActivism in the Kenya for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Photo Credit: JHR Kenya

During the #16DaysOfActivism for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, JHR held a two day training workshop on gender-sensitive reporting in Nairobi. Women are often underrepresented and misrepresented in the media.  JHR’s training workshop sought to provide journalists with the tools needed to properly address issues that impact women such as GBV.  Providing more visibility to women issues and amplifying women’ voices is crucial to advancing women rights.

At Spice FM, Nairobi, Winnie Syombua, JHR’s gender lead in Kenya spoke about gender-based violence in Kenya in the wake of Covid-19. The programme looked at the spike in the cases of GBV, factors responsible for it, and what has been done/or can be done to address the issues. Winnie’s Op-Ed ‘Addressing Structural Challenges Key to Ending Gender-Based Violence’ was recently published on the Nation, which you can read here.

Gender-Media Trainer at JHR’s Canada World: Voices for Women and Girls project, Judy Kaberia was also published in Capital News. Read ‘It is Our Collective Responsibility to Protect Children’ here.


JHR Jordan Releases Human Rights Investigative Journalism Manual

Photo Credit: JHR Jordan

This #HumanRightsDay, JHR Jordan published the first Human Rights Investigative Journalism manual. The manual was prepared by local journalists and discussed how investigative journalism contributes to human rights issues in the Middle East. The manual is available now at different libraries and distribution points in Jordan, and it is available online in Arabic at 


 Land Acknowledgement

We wish to acknowledge the land on which the Journalists for Human Rights’ head office operates and recognize the longstanding relationships Indigenous nations have with these territories. For thousands of years it has been the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. Tkaronto (Toronto) is in the Dish with One Spoon Territory and is home to Indigenous peoples from many nations across Turtle Island who continue to care for this land today. 
To read more on JHR’s land acknowledgement, click here. 

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