APWLD Media Fellowship

APWLD’s media fellowship programme was launched in 2018 and is designed to strengthen our media advocacy on grassroots issues through a feminist lens. This fellowship is ideal for journalists deeply committed to covering feminist, progressive movements and challenging structural globalised inequalities. Through the course of six months our fellows will have an opportunity to build their capacity on issues pertaining to climate change, labour rights and land rights among others, meet and learn from our members and partners working on such issues and develop a plan on how to produce critical analysis on women’s human rights. Fellows will produce news articles, features, audio-video content and digital stories with a feminist lens that highlight the linkages between gender and the intersecting issues that affect women’s human rights and livelihoods.

How Will the Fellowship Work?

APWLD will invite  women journalists for a capacity building workshop on women’s human rights and development justice. At the workshop, the media fellows will have an opportunity to meet women  human rights defenders and development justice advocates from Asia-Pacific. Based on interactions with grassroots activists and experts, the fellows, in consultation with APWLD, will develop a plan on how to produce critical analysis on women, climate change and climate justice.

Fellowship Conditions

  • During the fellowship period, the journalists will be given a stipend of 1,000 USD for to cover expenses for research and travel according to workplans co-developed with APWLD.
  • Fellow journalists will be expected to produce three written pieces of 1,000-1,200 words each. Out of the three pieces, at least two should focus specifically on APWLD members or partners and cover one of the campaign/advocacy priorities of APWLD.
  • If fellow journalists alternatively choose an audio-visual medium, they will produce two pieces of at least five minutes each. Out of the two pieces, at least one should focus specifically on APWLD members or partners and cover one of the campaign/advocacy priorities of APWLD.
  • Fellow journalists can also choose to work across audio-visual media and text mediums. They will produce two pieces out of which, at least one should focus specifically on APWLD members or partners and cover one of the campaign/advocacy priorities of APWLD.
  • There will be some flexibility in length of written text and audio-visuals on a case-by-case basis.
  • Ideally, fellow journalists should submit letters from editors assuring their work will be published.
  • The pieces can be long features, advocacy-focused, data driven, or documentary style.
  • The fellowship partners will receive continuous support from APWLD Secretariat for shaping the articles and analysis.
  • The fellowship partners commit to be in a close, regular communications with APWLD Secretariat.

Selection Criteria

  • The fellowship is open to women media professionals from Asia-Pacific with at least four (4) years of experience.
  • Experience in covering women’s human rights, grassroots movements will be an added advantage.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the promotion of women’s human rights in your respective countries and /or Asia-Pacific.
  • Commitment to  feminist movement building.
  • Must be able to travel overseas as required.
  • Proficient in English and a language from Asia-Pacific region.

APWLD Fellowship Programme will begin accepting applications in 2019 . Please refer to this page to stay updated.

2018 Theme – Climate Justice

Impacts of climate change affect the poorest countries the most, given their lack of capacity to prepare for and cope with the impacts of climate change. Among developing countries, men and women don’t experience in the same way impacts of climate change. First because women constitute the majority of the world’s poor, and also because of the fact that the climate change itself is a result of deliberate political and economic policies that are deeply patriarchal. Research shows that women are the worst impacted by climate change. For instance, they are exposed to increased risks because of their primary role in care work and agricultural production and because climate change is increasing the burden of water and food collection, which usually falls on women.

With this fellowship, we see a severe need to strengthen the gender analysis, and aim to start a conversation in mainstream and alternative media, setting a context for feminist, fossil fuel free futures as a driver for just and equitable transitions for climate justice. There is an urgency in communicating the possibility of having climate just future in the deadlock of negotiations where countries and private sector still work on the lines of ‘development’ agenda in the linear economic models.