For her work covering gender and health issues, Ana P. Santos, a multi-media journalist from the Philippines, has been named winner of the 2014 Persephone Miel Fellowship.
Launched in October 2010 as a collaboration between the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and Internews, the fellowship supports an international journalist to report on a systemic global issue in his or her home country.
Santos is working on a project about the tens of thousands of Filipino women who leave their families to find work abroad. She was selected as the winner from a field of more than 220 applications from nearly 80 countries.
Roughly 10% of GDP in the Philippines comes from remittances sent home by migrant workers, almost half of whom are women working mostly as nannies and domestic helpers. Santos’ reporting shows that most of these migrants view their work abroad as a necessary sacrifice to secure a future for their children. For those working as undocumented migrants, there is no option to travel back to the Philippines to visit, creating family separations that drag on for years.
Santos’ work has appeared in IRIN News, Rappler, and Marie Claire (Philippines), among other publications. She has reported on HIV/AIDS, gender issues, sexual violence and reproductive health rights across the Asia Pacific and Middle East region including Indonesia, Thailand, Jordan, Israel, Papua New Guinea and her home country. Living in one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, Ana has also begun writing about disaster preparedness and response and the interconnections with reproductive health and population issues.
The fellowship provides support from the Pulitzer Center for editorial oversight, multimedia development, outreach, and assistance with placement in U.S. news media outlets.
Previous Miel Fellows have come from Nigeria, Russia and South Asia. Their work has appeared in an array of publications, including Foreign Policy, Newsweek, Daily Beast, Boston Review, The Washington Post, Caravan, and World Policy Journal.
Ameto Akpe, a Nigerian print journalist, was the 2013 Persephone Miel Fellow and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. In her Pulitzer Center-supported project, “Nigeria: U.S. Dollars and Dubious Results,” Akpe explored the impact of U.S. foreign aid in northern Nigeria, asking just how much this money has been able to change health outcomes in the region, and how these displays of American “soft power” will be affected by the rise of Boko Haram, an anti-Western, anti-Christian, and anti-democratic group. She and photographer Allison Shelley will be speaking on women's health in Nigeria at an event on May 21 at the Pulitzer Center.
Legacy of Persephone Miel
Persephone Miel believed in the transformative power of journalism.
A former Senior Adviser at Internews and Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard, Miel fought to advance the work of international journalists and ensure that their voices would be heard.
When she died in 2010, the Persephone Miel Fellowship Program was established by her bequest, to be overseen by the Pulitzer Center in collaboration with Internews. Additional support has come from family, friends and those who wish to honor her legacy and support international journalism. The Pulitzer Center and Internews welcome contributions to the Persephone Miel Fellowship Fund, to keep this important opportunity available to international journalists.