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  • South Africa Sets Up Program to Break the Link between HIV/AIDS and Violence

    Miranda was four months pregnant and extremely anxious when she got her first HIV test. She had long been afraid of a positive diagnosis, and shortly after stepping into a tent offering free HIV tests at a taxi stand in central Johannesburg, her fear was confirmed. Miranda—who asked to use a pseudonym to protect her safety and privacy...

  • Apply Today to Report on Global Religion Issues

    About This Fellowship The International Reporting Project is accepting applications from professional journalists to report on global religion issues. Applications will be reviewed in cycles on a rolling basis. For proposals requiring travel by August 2017, the deadline is Friday, April 28, 2017 at 11:59pm EST. The next round, for projects requiring fall travel, will be announced shortly. Some of the...

  • Report on Gender and LGBTI Rights

    Photo by Sara Hylton, a 2017 Fellow reporting from Canada. Sara can be followed on Twitter and on Instagram. About This Fellowship The International Reporting Project is accepting applications from professional journalists to report on gender and LGBTI rights around the world. Applications will be reviewed in cycles on a rolling basis. The next round, for projects requiring fall travel,...

  • The Men Trying to Change the Stigma Around Menstruation in India

    AHMEDABAD, INDIA – As a boy, Tarun Bothra always wondered why his grandmother kept his mother out of the kitchen for a few days each month. He didn’t realize at the time that his mother was on her period, and the family’s strict Hindu beliefs meant she was considered too “unclean” to cook for...

  • ‘She’s like my wife, you know how it is’

    Sushant, 18, was accompanying two girls from his college to a nearby market to shop for make-up supplies when he was stopped and questioned by the Nepal police. “These checks are a complete nuisance,” said the young man. “It’s harassment!” His other young friends laughed and waved as they strolled across the border from Nepal...

  • How Tanzania Is Cracking Down On LGBT People — And Getting Away With It

    ZANZIBAR — Mohamed had just finished a beer at one of the cluster of bars popular with gay men, just beyond touristy Stone Town. It was around midnight on a Friday in December last year, and he noticed a police officer he knew — Zanzibar is like a small town; most gay men know the local police, and the officers...

  • In Pakistan, women are driving the demand for Islamic content in relatable, meme-sized bites

    In bookshops across Pakistan, there is no shortage of religious literature – translations and interpretations of the Quran, books of Hadiths (oral traditions of Prophet Mohammed) and stories of the prophets abound. Book stores stock long, elaborate texts, replete with quotes from scripture and anecdotes from the earliest days of Islam. But over the past few years, a couple of...

  • Women in India Are Turning a Curse Into ‘Positive Action’ With Entrepreneurship

    CHATWAL, India — A group of about half a dozen women are gathered at a lone cement home in a vast expanse of farmland covered in waist-high wheat and mustard seed plants in tribal Eastern India. Sitting on the ground around a wicker basket and large silver bowl, the women expertly roll a dough-like mash into balls. They are...

  • Interested in reporting with IRP? View our current fellowship opportunities.

    The International Reporting Project offers a variety of journalism fellowships each year, including group trips and solo reporting opportunities. Check this page frequently for updated information on open opportunities and approaching deadlines, and sign up for our newsletter to be informed of new calls for applications. Photo by Sara Hylton, a 2017 IRP fellow. Sara's work can be viewed...

  • Embrace The Morning Milkshake

    I first tried alouda—Mauritius’ answer to the milkshake—at the Central Market in Port Louis. I caught a whiff of curry coming from the food court and followed my nose. It was before nine on a weekday morning and the place was packed with people lapping down glasses of the stuff. Glossy black beads floated to...