Women's Edition brings together senior-level women editors, reporters, and producers from influential media organizations in developing countries to examine and report on pressing issues affecting women's health and status. Up to 15 senior journalists from leading news media organizations around the developing world are competitively selected to participate in this activity.

The Mission

Women's Edition seeks development of informed policy decisions affecting women through factual, accurate, and up-to-date media coverage that reflects women's needs and perspectives. By providing information directly to millions of women in developing countries on issues that are important to them, Women's Edition also helps to shape public discussion of these issues and to arm women with information that allows them to take control of their lives.

To achieve its mission, Women's Edition is designed to strengthen and expand coverage of women's health, development, and population issues in the print and broadcast news media. This involves increasing the frequency and prominence of coverage, using data correctly, and emphasizing women's perspectives.

Women's Edition Activities

Each year, PRB organizes two week-long seminars and study tours for Women's Edition members on pressing reproductive health and related issues. Recent seminars have explored family planning, maternal mortality, women and HIV/AIDS, the role of men in women’s reproductive health, sex trafficking, and reproductive health of youth. Seminar locations have included Washington, D.C.; New York; New Delhi and Mumbai, India; Barcelona, Spain; San Jose, Costa Rica; Johannesburg, South Africa; and Nairobi, Kenya.

The seminars bring together the journalists and specialists from health, population, human rights, and women's organizations. They include sessions on various aspects of women's health and development; editorial meetings in which participants share experiences, ideas and reporting strategies; and study tours where the journalists can see innovative programs in action.

Special Reports and Programs

Following a seminar, each Women's Edition journalist produces for her media organization at least one in-depth and high-profile special report, series of stories, or program based on the theme of that seminar. These have included special newspaper pull-out sections, features, in-depth news reports, editorials, and talk shows.


Women's Edition Journalists, 1993-2014

(by region and country with positions held at time of participation)

EAST AFRICA

Ethiopia
Yordanos Goushe, editor/senior reporter, Ethiopian Radio and TV Agency
Lemlem Bekele Woldemichael, senior reporter, Radio Ethiopia

Kenya
Pamela Asigi, health reporter, Nation TV
Jane Godia, deputy managing editor, The Standard Group
Florence Machio, regional coordinator, Africawoman
Eunice Mathu, publisher and editor, Parents
Lucy Oriang’, managing editor/magazines, Nation Media Group
Kwamboka Oyaro, features editor, The Standard
Njeri Rugene, parliamentary editor, The Nation newspapers

Malawi
Pushpa Jamieson, managing editor, The Chronicle
Edyth Kambalame, features editor, The Nation
Chisomo Ngulube, senior editor/producer at Malawi Broadcasting Corporation

Rwanda
Florence Mutesi, senior reporter, The New Times
Emma-Claudine Ntirenganya, program manager, Radio Salus

South Africa
Beather Baker, commissioning editor, South African Broadcasting Corporation
Sylvia Vollenhoven, producer (TV), South Africa Broadcasting Corporation

Tanzania
Stella Barozi, features writer and sub-editor at The Guardian
Marycelina Masha, managing editor, The Guardian

Uganda
Barbara Bitangaro, editor, Women's Vision, The New Vision
Elizabeth Kameo, senior features writer, Daily Monitor
Anne Mugisa, senior reporter, The New Vision
Catherine Mwesigwa, features editor, The New Vision
Shifa Mwesigye, staff reporter, The Observer
Evelyn Lirri, health/science editor, Daily Monitor
Nabusayi Lindah Wamboka, features editor, Daily Monitor, The Weekly Observer

Zimbabwe
Ropa Mapimhidze, features editor, The Herald

Zambia
Faith Kandaba, news anchor, Zambia National Broadcasting Corp. and head of newscasting for radio and TV
Brenda Zulu, freelance reporter

WEST AND CENTRAL AFRICA

Benin
Judith Hadonou-Yovo, Chargee de Mission, La Chaine 2
Makéba Tchibozo, health reporter at Adjinakou newspaper in Benin

Ghana
Sarah Akrofi-Quarcoo, chief editor, News and Current Affairs, Ghana Broadcasting Corporation
Rosemary Ardayfio, Women's Page editor, Daily Graphic
Audrey Gadzekpo, editor/publisher, African Women's Options
Joana Mantey, freelance journalist, in Accra

Liberia
Ora Garway, managing editor, The Punch
Tetee C. Karneh, station manager, Liberia Women Democracy Radio
Torwon Sulonteh-Brown, producer, UNMIL Radio

Cameroon
Seraphine Lainjo Tata, asst. chief of service, programs (radio), Cameroon Radio and TV Broadcasting Corp.

Nigeria
Solaade Ayo-Aderele, assistant editor (health and features) at The Punch
Chinyere Fred-Adegbulugbe, senior correspondent, The Punch
Victoria Ibanga, features editor, Champion Newspapers
Rose Moses, editor, Saturday Champion

MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

Egypt
Alice Louis El Mallakh, editor, Nisf El-Dunia
Magda Rashad Mehanna, assistant editor-in-chief and editor, women's section, Al Ahram
Nawal Sayed Mostafa, vice chief editor, Al Akhbar

Morocco
Fawzia Talout, founder and editor-in-chief, Farah

Yemen
Fatima Ali Mutahar, editor, development and economy news, Yemen News Agency (SABA)

LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

Bolivia
Sandra Aliaga, editor, Equidad
Sandra Mallo Barriga, general editor, La Razon

Brazil
Ciça Lessa, editor, Capricho

Costa Rica
Thaís Aguilar, director for Latin America, Servicio Especial de Noticias de la Mujer (SEM)

Guatemala
Ana Carolina Alpirez, editor-in-chief, el Periodico de Guatemala

Jamaica
Indi Mclymont-Lafayette, coordinator, All Woman, The Jamaica Observer

Mexico
Esperanza Brito de Martí, editor-in-chief, Fem
Miriam Ruiz Mendoza, reporter and columnist, CIMAC News Agency

Peru
Claudia Izaguirre Godoy, editor-in-chief, Peru.21

SOUTH ASIA

Bangladesh
Munni Saha, special correspondent, ATN Bangla TV Channel

India
Taru Bahl, assistant editor/The Statesman and Online News Editor/Mint
Aarti Dhar, Special Correspondent, The Hindu, New Delhi 
Mohuya Chaudhuri, news editor and bureau chief, NDTV
Asha Krishnakumar, special correspondent, Frontline
Madhavi Rajadhyaksha, special correspondent, The Times of India
Sathya Saran, editor, Femina
Shai Venkatraman, features editor, NDTV 24/7, Mumbai bureau

Nepal
Harikala Adhikary, associate editor, Gorkhapatra
Babita Basnet, editor, Ghatana Ra Bichar
Deepa Gautam, chief producer, Nepal Television and NTV2
Montessori Rajbhandari, board director, Commination Corner and senior producer, Ujyaalo 90 Network
Gita Sapkota, senior health reporter, The Rising Nepal

Pakistan
Zofeen Ebrahim, freelance reporter
Zuhra Karim, publisher and editor-in-chief, She
Farahnaz Zahidi Moazzam, freelance reporter

SOUTHEAST ASIA

Indonesia
Noesreini R.S. Meliala, managing editor, Femina

Philippines
Josefina (Pennie Azarcon) dela Cruz, managing editor, Sunday Inquirer Magazine
Stella Ruth Gonzales-Perez, assistant science and health editor, Philippine Daily Inquirer
Rina Jimenez-David, columnist, Philippine Daily Inquirer

Vietnam
Nguyen Thi Hahn, host, "The Insiders," Vietnam Television
Nguyen Thi Loc, manager, English Service, Voice of Vietnam

EASTERN EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA

Georgia
Catherine Gulua, information and investigative journalist, Resonansi

Romania
Gabriela Adamesteanu, editor-in-chief, 22; weekly columnist, Romania Libera
Adina Mihaela Cojocaru, editor-in-chief, MAMI
Cristina Liberis, senior editor and head of foreign news, Realitatea TV

Russia
Nadezda Azhgikhina, secretary of the Russian Union of Journalists

Ukraine
Galina Rotayenko, editor-in-chief, Marianna


For More Information: Deborah Mesce, program director, International Media, 202-483-1100.