Dec 19 2020: Celebrate The Disruptors This Holiday Season, this week: Siyabulela Mandela

This week’s highlights

  • We need YOU to help us Celebrate the Disruptors this Holiday Season !
  • Watch: ‘Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls and Media: Getting it Right’
  • When half the story isn’t told: Why it matters that women journalists report on conflict and fragile states
  • Indigenous Journalists! Apply Here for Paid Opportunities to Work with Leading Media Across Canada

We need YOU to help us Celebrate the Disruptors this Holiday Season!

THANK YOU to everyone who helped us Celebrate the Disruptors this holiday season!  

We are so grateful to each of you for the incredible amount of generosity you have shown since we launched our campaign on #GivingTuesday and we have already raised $64,721! 

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

We are SO close to our goal of $70,000 and we need YOU to help us 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. 

This week we are celebrating Siyabulela Mandela for his leadership in East and Southern Africa on the Mobilizing Media to Fight COVID-19 project during the pandemic. As the entire world grappled with an unprecedented health crisis, it became more important than ever for citizens to have access to factual public health information.

While we saw global attempts to fight the coronavirus hampered by conspiracy theories, we also saw how, with access to the right information and leadership, the coronavirus could be beat. Siyabulela stepped up to the challenge in South Sudan, working to ensure journalists in the world’s newest country had both the information and equipment they needed to protect a population of 8 million in a country with 8 ventilators.

This is why the work Siyabulela is doing is so important. 

Siyabulela is now working with JHR in East and Southern Africa, fighting covid-19 with facts and truth. With YOUR support Siyabulela can continue to educate more East and Southern Africans and ensure they have access to the information they need to protect themselves and their communities. 

YOU can help us make a difference TODAY! 
Click here to listen to Siyabuela Mandela in conversation with CTV’s Lisa LaFlamme talking more about the JHR’s work in South Sudan around COVID-19 misinformation.
You can also click here to read more about the resources JHR has developed to fight misinformation on COVID-19 here in Canada as well.
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. 

Watch: ‘MMIWG & Media: Getting it Right’

Panelists Sheila NorthMichèle AudetteKaryn Pugliese and moderator Brandi Morin
From Helen Betty Osborne to the MMIWG inquiry’s finding of genocide, the media coverage itself has often dominated public discourse around the stories of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. However, the media has also been instrumental in bringing these important stories to the fore. Families of MMIWG have driven a conversation demanding media do better. What does it look like when the media gets it right?

This #HumanRightsDay2020, some of the leading voices on this sensitive topic shared their insights and advice on covering stories of MMIWG sensitively and ethically. Watch it here.


When half the story isn’t told: Why it matters that women journalists report on conflict and fragile states

Photocredit: Open Canada

Why should we care that women journalists in politically fragile environments confront violence and harassment in the course of their work? Who voices and reports the news, and who gets quoted as leaders and experts in the news, matters. It can contribute to building greater expectations about women’s potential, and it can lay the groundwork for women to lead in peace-building processes.
Read Rachel Pulfer’s article ‘When half the story isn’t told: Why it matters that women journalists report on conflict and fragile states.’ in Open Canada here.

JHR’s Judie Kaberia wins Labour Migration Media Award 

Photocredit: Judie Kaberia

Congratulations to JHR Media trainer Judie Kaberia from Kenya, who is among the eight winners of the Labour Migration Media Awards organized by the African Women in Media (AWiM) in partnership with the African Union (AU), International Labour Organisation (ILO) and International Organization for Migration (IOM).

She won in the migration and health category for a story she wrote in July on the impact of COVID-19 on victims of human trafficking.
JHR is proud to work with Judie Kaberia and so many others in the JHR team who have shown passion, resilience and determination in such an extraordinary pandemic time.

Call for Expressions of Interest: Bursaries and Internships Supporting Indigenous Voices 

JHR’s Indigenous Reporters program is currently seeking expressions of interest from emerging Indigenous journalists in Canada to work on bursary and internship opportunities available with leading media organizations across Canada.

The bursaries and internships are open to Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) youth working or seeking work in media, or currently enrolled in a media or journalism program at a Canadian post-secondary institution.

Deadline to apply: January 3, 2021. Find all information here


 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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