Jan 2 2021: Join us in Celebrating The Disruptors of 2020!

This week’s highlights

  • Thank you for Celebrating the Disruptors this Holiday Season, we are so close to our goal of $70,000!
  • Indigenous Journalists! Apply Here for Paid Opportunities to Work with Leading Media Across Canada

Celebrate the Disruptors this Holiday Season!

THANK YOU to everyone who has 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 are SO close to our goal of $70,000!
BUT we aren’t done yet! Click here to make a donation TODAY!
Throughout the holiday season, JHR shared stories from across the globe Celebrating the Disruptors; those who, in 2020, have had the courage to highlight the social divides the pandemic has exposed and push for better.
First, we celebrated disruptor Sandra Safi Bashengezi, a Congolese journalist, trainer and filmmaker who has focused her work on the advancement of female journalists in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In the DRC, only 34% of journalists are women and those who do succeed rarely manage to occupy positions of power. Worse yet, female journalists in DRC are at high risk of being sexually harassed by their informants or colleagues.
Yet Sandra persisted. She co-founded a school for journalism and mentored women and student journalists. One of the stories she mentored helped put Frederick Bitumike, a parliamentarian responsible for mass rape in Eastern DRC, behind bars.
Next, we profiled Karyn Pugliese aka Pabàmàdiz, Algonquin, Pikwàkanagàn First Nation, who is best known for her work as a Parliament Hill reporter and as the Executive Director of News and Current Affairs at APTN. In 2020, Karen contributed to the paper ‘Half the Story is Never Enough’ with 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 with tangible strategies to mitigate the threats female Indigenous journalists face every day
Then, we celebrated Siyabulela Mandela for his leadership in East and Southern Africa on the Mobilizing Media to Fight COVID-19 project. While global attempts to fight the coronavirus were hampered by conspiracy theories, we saw how leadership and access to the right information could help beat the coronavirus.
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 help protect a population of 8 million in a country with 8 ventilators.
Finally, we celebrated Judie Kaberia, a multi-award winning journalist and JHR’s Gender Media Trainer for the Voice for Women and Girls’ Rights project in Kenya. Since the onset of COVID-19, Judie has been creating awareness through research and reporting on how the pandemic has heightened the existing risk of women and girls becoming victims of human trafficking for sex exploitation, child labour and domestic serviture.
Judie’s work has gone far beyond reporting – she has worked with Civil Society Organizations and government agencies to rescue and counsel the huge number of young girls looking for safe houses and shelters amidst the pandemic. 
Each of these stories makes clear why the work JHR is doing is SO important.
But we can’t do it without YOUR support. 
Donating is easy, click here and follow the prompts on the page to complete your donation.
JHR needs your support to make this year more than ever to continue their important work. 
Thank YOU for supporting Journalists for Human Rights!

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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