It has been over a century that women journalists have worked without a culture of mentorship. A natural need that still lacks in the very infrastructure of the industry. As more women break into journalism, yet less women get acknowledged for their work, we are building the first global network of support, to bridge all gaps. Mentorship is the soul of this project.
The Coalition for Women in Journalism fosters collaboration between individuals and organizations in an effort to generate stewardship and camaraderie for women journalists around the globe. Understanding the challenging and competitive culture of journalism worldwide, the Coalition is the first global mentorship network for women. We work with journalists from several ethnicities and cultural backgrounds. Our mentoring relationships are currently offered in seven languages: English, Urdu/Hindi, Albanian, Arabic, Dari, Persian and Spanish.
We are born out of the industry’s need of community and mentorship. The first traces on women breaking into journalism go back to 1880s. Since then, while women's participation in the industry has grown, there has been little progress in terms of fair recognition for every individual. Women journalists across the globe consistently face obstacles to their work from access, pay, safety, to personal and professional growth opportunities. But having the support of other women journalists can help tackle some of these challenges. The Coalition connects journalists of all levels and backgrounds with other like-minded women, giving them the support they need to unleash their highest potential. Our network is built upon individual efforts of journalists, editors, journalism organizations and support groups, to provide journalists on the ground with guided resources. We believe this one-on-support will ultimately foster healing and progress for the whole industry.
By offering stewardship among colleagues, we create new avenues for women to thrive in, instead of competing over a handful of opportunities.
Established in 2017, The Coalition is a not-for-profit project spread over several countries. We are independent, impartial and dedicated to a single, vital interest: the well-being of women colleagues. We work with partners worldwide, who share our values and goals, and help us advance our message and efforts. The Coalition strives in all its efforts to promote a culture of stewardship in the global and public interest of good journalism. Empathy and responsibility is at the heart of everything we do. Our activities revolve around bringing journalists and institutions from diverse backgrounds together to brainstorm healthy and enriching approaches to work together. We believe that progress happens when journalists earnestly and mindfully come together, and share the pains and pleasure of their experience.