Women Reporters Academy UKRAINE

Ukrainian journalists and media workers are invited to join our workshops in Poland. The 2023 programme aims at highlighting challenges and difficulties that Ukrainian journalists and media workers face when reporting about and from Ukraine. It will offer them a safe space to exchange their experience and get inspiring input from international experts. The programme combines capacity-building of journalistic skills with forward-looking discussions about Ukrainian post-war legacies, gender justice reporting and Ukraine’s role in Europe.
These topics will be addressed during the following events:

Workshops in Poland

25–28 JUNE 2023


Women journalism at the time of war with focus on storytelling and working with people who are migrants and traumatised by war
10–13 JULY 2023


Women journalism at the time of war with focus on earning opportunities for journalists in times of AI and digitalised media and photography workshop
30 JULY – 2 AUGUST 2023


Women journalism at the time of war with focus on the role of civil society in raising awareness about forced migration from Ukraine

Publication Competition

The best human story related to women in crisis or war. Awarded publications will be shown in a public exhibition in Berlin

Awarded Publications 2023

The Women Reporters Academy is organised by

A German non-profit organisation. It organises exchange and capacity-building, and conducts studies on current political developments.

A non-profit, non-partisan organisation based in Wroclaw. The foundation promotes cooperation among the people of Central and Eastern Europe and publishes New Eastern Europe, a bimonthly magazine dedicated to covering Central and Eastern Europe.

A non-profit organisation based in Kiev. Its mission is to promote the establishment of free and professional media, to implement educational activities, and to promote the establishment of a democratic civil society in Ukraine.

The Polish-American Freedom Foundation was established by the Polish-American Enterprise Fund to advance the purposes of the Support for East European Democracy Act of 1989

Our Team


Olexandra Stepanova

Trained as a legal scholar (LL.B, MA). She is executive director of the Human Rights Platform in Kyiv. Olexandra is the Regional Manager of the Women Reporters Academy in Ukraine.

Dr. Iwona Reichardt

holds a PhD in political science and is a deputy editor-in-chief of New Eastern Europe magazine, Twitter. She is the Regional Project Manager in Poland of the Women Reporters Academy.

Dr. Olga Gulina

A legal and migration expert. She holds a PhD in Law (2002) and a PhD in Migration Studies (2010). Her field of expertise includes migration management in Eastern and Western Europe. Olga is the program leader. Twitter.

Oleksandra Savchuk

An assistant working at the Human Rights Platform in Kyiv. Oleksandra graduated from the Kyiv University of Law at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and obtained the qualification level Bachelor of Law.

Arzu Bunyad

An Editorial Assistant and translator with New Eastern Europe magazine. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Hacettepe University, Turkey. She worked at research centres in Baku and Ankara. Arzu’s field of expertise and research focuses on developments in the newly independent countries built in the ruins of the USSR. Arzu fluently speaks Azerbaijani, Turkish and English.

Dr. Mechthild Baumann

A political scientist and head of IfAP e.V. She has been working as an external expert for the European Commission since 2012. In addition, she consults with universities and NGOs on creating and funding impact-driven European projects. She has extensive experience with international programmes such as Horizon2020, Erasmus and CERV. Mechthild coordinates the Women Reporters Academy.


It starts with the online conference on 20 June 2023 and ends in December 2023.
Participants are not obliged to take part in all modules. However, the participation in the publication competition requires the prior participation in either the online conference (programme in Georgia) or one of the regional workshops.
This programme has a sensitive determined gender focus and, therefore, we only accept applications from female media specialists and workers. Thank you for your understanding and interest in it.
Applications are open to all female media specialists, i.e. reporters, editors, photo-journalists, bloggers, regardless of their affiliation and online/printing formats and regardless of the level of seniority.
The programme is financed by the German Foreign Ministry.

The complete online application. Please follow the link.

Please do NOT submit your publications, only links to them.

Through personal exchange, seminars, networking events and discussions with experts and your peers, you will further your understanding of modern journalism, its challenges, the news industry and your place in it.
The programme is free of charge. However, there is a ceiling for travel costs. In addition, participation in the programme requires confirmation by the organisers.
The study trip and vernissage to Berlin are reserved for the winners of the 2023 Women Reporters Academy’s publication competition.
We have an international jury composed of international, independent experts working in the field. Based on predefined criteria (LINK) they rank the best contributions to the 2023 Women Reporters Academy’s publication competition.