It is true that no one will be exempt from the impacts of climate change. But not everyone will be impacted equally. For women, who make up almost 70% of those who live on less than $1 a day, the results can be devastating.
For example, during the 2004 Asian tsunami, 70% of the victims were women. When Hurricane Katrina passed through the United States in 2005, most of the victims trapped in New Orleans were the poorest demographic group in that part of the country: African-American women with children.
Yet, in many parts of the world, women are well-positioned to respond with solutions to climate change. Consider Indian NGO Swayam Shikshan Prayog, which trains rural women in entrepreneurship and marketing for clean-energy projects in their communities. Or Barefoot College’s solar electrification program which has trained more than 760 illiterate and semi-literate women as solar engineers, and electrified more than 40,000 rural households in 1,350 villages in 72 countries across the world.
It is more important than ever that there is media representation on women’s work in climate change.
As UN Women states, “inequality limits women’s ability to adapt to the impacts of climate change. This vulnerability is exacerbated by viewing women as victims, rather than key actors who have critical knowledge of their society, economy, and environment, as well as practical skills, which, when recognised and used, can be effective in risk reduction and adaptation.”
Climate Tracker is giving two emerging climate journalists a small grant to produce a multimedia project focusing on women’s experiences and responses to climate change.
The $100 grant would support two early-career journalists to report on how women and girls are being impacted by or are responding to climate change. Journalists and writers are expected to use the grant money to produce a 2-part multimedia project, which will be published on the Climate Tracker website. The fellow is also welcome to submit their piece elsewhere for publication.
- Format: We are looking for a 2-part creative multimedia project. This could mean, for example, two short audio podcasts, a photography series, or a combination of a written article and a multimedia piece.
- Content: Explore how women and girls are impacted or responding to climate change in your country. We are hoping that the grant will allow journalists to cover largely underreported issues in captivating ways. We’d like to see the grant grant be used to cover, for example, expenses to remote areas, or the utilisation of creative mediums.
- Candidates will be evaluated on their capabilities or potential to produce a multimedia project, creativity of the multimedia output, relevance and journalistic value of the pitch, and commitment to the issues.
- Journalists are expected to produce 2 outputs. Length expectations for a single piece are as follows:
- Audio or video: 5 minutes.
- Photography a series: 10 photos.
- For written work: 750 word article.
If you would like to submit a format not listed here (i.e. a creative data visualisation, timeline, etc.), feel free to email email@example.com to discuss options.
We are looking for early-career journalists aged 16-30 who are passionate about covering climate change and women’s issues. We will give preference to underreported issues in the global south.
We welcome submissions from multimedia journalists, photojournalists, videographers, as well as print journalists who want to experiment with photo, video, and audio.
Journalists must apply in a google form here:
- A 250-word pitch of their article. This pitch must include the community/individuals they intend to cover, the related climate change issue, why this is of national/international importance, and the format of the piece.
- A 250-word personal statement, describing their experience in journalism and interest in covering women’s issues, and how this grant would help them report on a story that they otherwise would not be able to cover.
- Links to previous works they have published.
- A LinkedIn profile or a CV.
We will be accepting submissions until 19 November, 2018.
Feel free to contact Lily Jamaludin, our Digital Campaigns Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or comments.