Climate change devastates millions of people worldwide daily. Using a unique, action-based model, GPI will educate, employ and empower 16 women from affected regions in ethical, investigative journalism so they can take the lead in the climate change conversation. In turn, they’ll engage and empower readers locally and globally by telling authentic, image-driven stories about the impact of climate change on their communities via Climate Wire, GPI’s newest specialty reporting project.
Climate change, which has led to an increase in droughts, floods, earthquakes and other natural disasters, particularly affects women in the developing world, who make up the majority of the world’s poor. As household managers who depend on local resources, millions of women struggle with decreased access to fuel, water and staple foods as they try to take care of their families in the face of disaster. Moreover, they’re underrepresented in climate change discussions and decision-making.
GPI will provide a one-month training program for 16 women in Sri Lanka, Haiti, Ghana and Kenya. GPI will then pay each woman a fair wage to produce at least six in-depth, solutions-based news feature stories, photo essays and multimedia pieces on climate change in her community. Local editors will edit and fact check their work, which will be published on the GPI Newswire and disseminated to our local/global network of syndication partners that reaches 5 million readers/month in 160 countries.
GPI uses journalism as a development tool to empower the women it trains and employs; the communities they give a voice to; and the readers who learn from their stories. Its training-to-employment model pays women a fair wage for their work, which in turn benefits their families and local economies. Familiar with local history and culture, the women provide genuine coverage of underreported issues. With unique source access, reporters produce exceptional news content to engage readers worldwide.
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