Supporting Female Journalists
Credit: The Sunday Times


with The Marie Colvin Journalists' Network


The issue

Journalists in conflict zones are exposed to violence, threats and kidnapping. They are at the front line, reporting stories of global importance from some of the most dangerous places in the world. Female journalists suffer sexual assault, threats and abuse more often than men. Local female journalists are the most vulnerable, as they cannot leave the scene and have to stay to live with the consequences of violence.

The Marie Colvin Journalists Network

The Sunday Times journalist Marie Colvin was a passionate advocate for women’s right to speak out and influence change, and took every opportunity to mentor and offer advice to less experienced journalists.

After her death in Homs, Syria, in February 2012, her friends set up the Marie Colvin Journalists Network, a project supported by The Marie Colvin Circle.

This ambitious project offers a new network for over 100 members from across the MENA region, all local female journalists, often working under very difficult circumstances. The Network brings together experienced journalists and up-and-coming reporters, often working with little or no support, to create a vibrant online community where members can receive practical support and mentoring and can share advice with other journalists working in the area.

The Network also offers psychological support, online resources and monthly webinars in English and Arabic about journalism and storytelling skills, legal aid, ways to find job opportunities, available scholarships and digital security.

What we can do thanks to your support

  • £45 will cover one hour of counselling for one journalist.
  • £60 will cover a month of advice and mentoring for one journalist.
  • £200 will cover two days of essential first-aid and security training for one journalist.

Global Goals

The Circle strives to support projects that are working towards the achievement of Sustainable Development Global Goal 5, Gender Equality.

The Marie Colvin Journalists Network addresses two Global Goal targets:

Target 5.2: End all violence against and exploitation of women and girls. Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation.

Target 5.B: Promote empowerment of women through technology. Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women.

Please support this growing network of courageous journalists by donating today.