The Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO), World Press Freedom Canada and Journalists for Human Rights are proud to bring you a unique series of papers from women journalists from across the globe. The papers are available on JHR’s publications page, here, or via the buttons below.
Launching the week of the 2021 Global Conference for Media Freedoms, co-hosted by Canada and Botswana, the collection is available on all three organizations’ websites.
This December 2 from 9:30 to 10:30am EST, all three organizations will sponsor a webinar bringing the authors together in conversation to discuss common themes from their papers, in advance of the UNESCO World Press Freedom Conference on December 9 and 10 in the Hague.

As journalist Sally Armstrong notes, if women aren’t able to tell stories about women and girls, we’re missing half the story. These papers help shed light on the nature of the challenges women journalists face, and how key stakeholders including newsroom managers as well as the international community can help mitigate the impact of those threats.


Nisreen Anabli wrote the paper on threats women journalists face in Syria.

Karyn Pugliese is a professor at Ryerson University and former head of news at APTN and current JHR ambassador; she authored the paper on challenges female Indigenous journalists face in Canada.

Sandra Bashengezi is the co-founder of the Ecole Technique de Journalisme in Bukavu and the author of the paper on challenges women journalists face in the DRCongo.

Rachel Pulfer is executive director at Journalists for Human Rights (JHR), Canada’s leading media development
organization and the co-publisher of this series.