Women and Youth Voices

Internews has worked for the past three decades to train tens of thousands of women leaders in the media and information sectors.

When women's voices are heard, and when women produce the news, the information we all consume improves.From Pakistan to South Sudan, Internews has developed programs that cover under-reported topics and bring women and girls into conversations about the environment, politics, and the economy. These programs, and the women who lead them, are changing local attitudes, advancing progressive policies, and inspiring women and girls around the world to raise their voices and make a difference.

In 2015, Internews launched a five-year initiative, Women's Voices, Powering Change, that will:

  • Build women's leadership in the media and information communications technology fields in the developing world
  • Improve the quality and coverage of information on women's issues
  • Work to ensure safe access to information and the Internet for women and girls in some of the most challenging regions in the world

Learn more about this initiative and explore profiles of courageous women journalists from around the world.

Youth

With youth populations surging in many parts of the world, their ideas are more important than ever and their voices add value to society. Internews works with youth to help them get their issues heard and train them to use media to improve their communities.

All over the globe, Internews has implemented projects that empower youth, including Code for Change Hackathons in Myanmar; National Geographic photo camps in South Sudan, Kenya, Pakistan and Ukraine; and training youth in Afghanistan and Egypt to use media for social change and participation in civil society.

For several years, the Afghan Youth Voices Festival, supported by Internews, has provided an opportunity for the country’s youth to express their ideas and dreams about their future through the media.

A comprehensive report, produced by Internews in 2014, examined the role of media in protecting child rights, using lessons from India, Kenya and Brazil.

In 2012, as part of its 30th anniversary, Internews highlighted 30 youth-led media initiatives in communities around the world, working with journalists, bloggers, developers and others aged 30 or under to develop ideas that address the information needs of their communities.

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