With more than 30 years of experience, Internews is a leading organization in working with women and girls in media and information, having trained tens of thousands of women in some of the most difficult environments in the world. Yet when we conducted an internal assessment, we realized that we have not met the standard of gender parity within our own programs – despite best intentions, we know this isn’t easy. In countries where women have to defy their families to train as journalists – as we’ve experienced – getting parity in participation is much easier said than done. But we are committed to change. In addition to the programs described above, our internal pledge under this initiative is to ensure that:
Over the five years of this initiative, Internews commits to reaching full gender parity in our global programs. Currently, 33% of the thousands of people we train and support are women, and we will increase that at a level of 5% per year until we reach 50%.
We invite partners to join us in making similar commitments to gender parity in their workforces and to support us in our efforts to achieve these results.
Internews is committed to elevating the importance of the inclusion and agency of women and girls in media, information, and technology. With committed partners and like-minded organizations, we will invest in advocacy that emphasizes the importance of this issue in global media and technology forums, with major donors, and with Western media at large.
our capacity to deliver
At Internews, we have worked for the past three decades to train tens of thousands of women leaders in the media and information sectors who work in some of the most difficult environments in the world. In addition to working with journalists, Internews has supported women media leaders across the information landscape – citizen journalists and bloggers, advocates, information brokers, storytellers, photographers, media managers, technologists, coders, programmers, engineers and editors. From Pakistan to South Sudan, Internews has developed programs that cover under-reported topics, such as violence against women and girls, as well as bringing women and girls into conversations about the environment, politics, and the economy. These programs, and the women who lead them, are changing local conversations, impacting policies, and inspiring women and girls around the world to raise their voices to participate in the global conversation. These are the local voices and local leaders that are inspiring global change.
Established in 1982, Internews is an international non-profit organization whose mission is to empower local media worldwide to give people the news and information they need, the ability to connect and the means to make their voices heard. Our vision is a world where everyone can communicate freely with anyone, anywhere, and exchange the news and information they need to shape the future of their communities and the world. With experience in more than 90 countries, Internews trains both media professionals and citizen journalists, introduces innovative media solutions, increases coverage of vital issues and establishes laws and policies needed for open access to information. Internews’ commitment to research and evaluation creates effective programs that deliver results. Finally, Internews integrates personnel, financial and administrative management to ensure maximum accountability and efficiency in fiscal policies, internal controls, administration and reporting. In 2014, Internews had an annual budget of $55 million from a diverse base of donors.
From Internews President & CEO Jeanne Bourgault
Watch videos of Jeanne Bourgault speaking on media issues, including access to media and information by women.