Hivos International


Report on Safety and Protection on Journalist cover

Hivos and the Kenya Media Programme (KMP), working with KMP partner the Media Council of Kenya, have launched Kenya’s first ever survey on the working conditions facing Kenyan journalists. The report titled ‘Safety and protection of Kenyan journalists: Is it common sense or common cents?’, was launched to commemorate this year’s World Press Freedom Day, marked on 3 May.

Youth Newsroom

The Central America Hivos regional office is taking 10 future journalists from the region to attend the World Press Freedom Day conference in San José from 2 to 4 May. The journalism students will join the Youth Newsroom, a youth-led team from different countries working together to produce quality coverage of the conference proceedings.

The budding journalists come from five different countries: Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Panama.

Ethipian Reeyot Alemu wins 2013 Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize

Imprisoned Ethiopian journalist, Reeyot Alemu, is the winner of the 2013 UNESCO-Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. The 31-year-old journalist is currently serving a five-year sentence in Kality prision, notorious for its brutal and filthy conditions. Ms Alemu was recommended by an independent international jury of media professionals in recognition of her “exceptional courage, resistance and commitment to freedom of expression.”

WPFD banner

Over 400 participants, including nearly 100 speakers from every region of the world, will gather in San José, Costa Rica from 2 to 4 May to celebrate the 20th anniversary of World Press Freedom Day (WPFD).

Open and Green

An innovative approach to bring 'state' and 'street' closer together

Latin America is undergoing a process of building new social, political and economic paradigms. It is a time of change in which democracy has returned to where it came from - the streets. And it is the young people who, under the cover of new information technologies, are driving movements from the ground up that challenge and question systems unresponsive to citizen demands. They are also leading the online crowd revolutions that are shaping a new way of thinking and creating democracy.

Barbara Walters, Mouna Ghanem and Zainab Salbi at the Women in the World Summit 2013.

Mouna Ghanem wants women who can speak for Syria
Interview by Klaartje Laan, Hivos
The Hague

Syrian human rights activist Mouna Ghanem issued an urgent plea for peace and an end to the violence yesterday at the Town Hall held in Maastricht by Dutch foreign minister Timmermans, where she spoke about women's rights and role of women in transition processes.

Peace as a precondition for democracy

Mouna Ghanem and Bassma Kodmani

On April 17, Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmermans held a Town Hall meeting at Maastricht University to discuss Dutch human rights policy. The event, attended by students and stakeholders, was also a last public consultation by the minister prior to presenting his new policy paper. On the recommendation of Hivos, two powerful Syrian women human rights defenders were invited as guest speakers.

Fomer Guatemalan dictador José Efraín Ríos Montt

After years of fighting, Hivos partners Center for Human Rights Legal Action (CALDH) and the Association of Justice and Reconciliation (AJR), along with other organizations, have managed for the first time ever to bring a former head of state to trial for genocide by a national court.

Woman in Jalamord

Hivos and our partner WADI proudly announce the launch of the ‘Stop FGM Middle East’ campaign's website to break the silence about female genital mutilation (FGM) in the Middle East and to contribute to its full elimination.