MRE_150The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is proud to announce the first group of 2015 grantees in the inaugural funding round of the Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists. Nine trailblazing women journalists were selected from a stellar pool of 650 applicants representing media projects based in over 100 countries.

“We are in awe of the talent and diversity of ideas represented in the hundreds of applications we received from around the world for this Fund,” said IWMF Executive Director Elisa Lees Muñoz. “The strength of the proposals truly reflects the bold aspirations of women journalists.”

Included as grantees who cover veterans or conflicts aare:

Lily Casura is awarded a $19,500 grant to complete a multimedia project examining homeless female veterans in the U.S. Casura is a freelance writer and the founder of the award-winning Healing Combat Trauma website, created to address the issue of combat veterans and PTSD. Her work has appeared in Texas Tribune, Huffington Post, Agence France-Presse and other media outlets. She is a chapter author in Healing War Trauma: A Handbook of Creative Approaches (Routledge).

Rahima Gambo is awarded a grant of $8,400 to pursue a multimedia web project about students in Northeastern Nigeria, who have been impacted by the Boko Haram insurgency. She will also participate in Hostile Environments & Emergency First-Aid Training (HEFAT). Gambo is a freelance visual journalist based in Abuja, Nigeria. She was a 2014 Magnum Foundation fellow and her images can be seen in The New York Times, Time Lightbox, Leadership Newspaper, The Nation Newspaper, City Limits and other media outlets.

Three additional funding rounds will be completed in 2015, and a total of $230,000 will be awarded to applicants this year. The next application period will be open from June 15 – July 27, 2015. At least $2.3 million will be awarded to grantees over the next 10 years. The opportunities this Fund will empower are critical to transparency, democracy and embracing the diversity of voices reporting across all media platforms. The only prerequisite is that grantees are female journalists working full-time either for a specific media outlet or as a freelancer.

The Fund was established by the IWMF in 2014 with the generous support of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation to promote the work and advance the contributions of women in the media working around the world.

Learn more about the Fund, sign up for updates, and submit proposals during the application period for future funding rounds at