Who We Are

Journalism Initiative on Gender-Based Violence Team

 

 

 

 

Cathy Otten is the Senior Program Lead for CWGL's Journalism Initiative on Gender-Based Violence. Cathy is an award-winning British journalist and author of With Ash On Their Faces: Yezidi Women and the Islamic State (OR books 2017). The Los Angeles Review of Books described With Ash on Their Faces as: "The best kind of humanist journalism: lucid, transparent, grimly realistic.… (N)o book has covered it better.” Cathy worked as a reporter in the UK, and then as a correspondent in Iraq for the Independent and others. In her book-length work, Cathy wrote about trans generational resistance to slavery among Iraq’s Yezidis, and presented a political economy for Sinjar in the years before the IS massacres in 2014. In 2018, she won the One World Media New Voice Award and was a finalist for the Kurt Schork Memorial Award for courage in journalism. Since then, Cathy has published a series of investigations into corruption at Balad airbase in Iraq, and an investigative feature into the murder of a prominent female activist in Baghdad. Her journalism has been supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and the Carey Institute in New York, where she was a Nonfiction Writing Fellow in Spring 2018. Portrait by Alice Martins.

 

 

 

 

Global Journalism Initiative Advisory Group

 

ASIA                                                                                                                          

  • Nupur Basu (Independent journalist and award-winning documentary filmmaker, India)
  • Evi Mariani (Co-founder and chief editor of Project Multatuli, a journalism initiative focusing on serving the marginalized in Indonesia. Former Managing Editor at the Jakarta Post)

PACIFIC

  • Lorena Allam (Indigenous Affairs Editor, The Guardian Australia)
  • Ofa Guttenbeil-Likiliki (Former radio and TV presenter and producer, Tonga)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Milia Eidmouni (Independent journalist and media & gender trainer, co- founder of the Syrian Female Journalists Network)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Aimee Vega Montiel (Chair of UNESCO Global Alliance on Media and Gender; Women’s human rights and media scholar, National Autonomous University of Mexico)
  • Mona Lisa Dourado (Former reporter and executive editor at the Jornal do Commercio Communication System of Pernambuco, Brazil)

EUROPE

  • Liz Ford (Deputy Editor of The Guardian’s Global development website, London)

AFRICA

  • Tarisai Nyamweda (Media and Communications Manager, Gender Links, Johannesburg-based Southern Africa NGO)

 

Partner Organizations

DART CENTER

UNFPA

THE GUARDIAN FOUNDATION

THE NATIONAL INDIGENOUS WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTER

 

Funders