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Exchange program for journalists

Capacity Building and journalistic networks in the Southern Caucasus

DIN 6357 copy1Background: Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan are facing major political challenges that have immense implications on the issues of human rights, female empowerment and gender justice. As different as the respective current political challenges in the countries are, the consequences for women's and LGBTQ* rights can be seen clearly in all cases. Political instability is a major obstacle to any form of social reform and change, which vulnerable groups in particular are so desperately in need of. Domestic violence, gender-related abortions, under-representation in all areas of the professional world and society, as well as long-held stereotypes are the central challenges of women in the Southern Caucasus. For the LGBTQ* community, hate crime, violence on the streets, a taboo and, in many cases, a lack of visibility in all political and social discourses are daily practice.

The project seeks to empower journalists to confront disinformation and develop alternative and transnational narratives in the South Caucasus on the issues of human rights, gender justice, LGBTQ* and women's rights. In cooperation with the media platform Chai Khana, we would like to contribute to the visibility of human rights, LGBTQ* issues and female empowerment in journalism in the countries of the Southern Caucasus. The research trip will consist of networking meetings with colleagues and discussions with NGOs relevant to the topics as well as representatives from politics, media, culture and society. Journalists from Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan will also participate in the trip and provide cross-border perspectives on the topics.


Your involvement in the project:

Research trip to Tbilisi/ Georgia from September 17 to 24, 2022 (date adjustments are possible due to the COVID-19 pandemic)

An exciting program awaits you during the trip. At the same time, you will have at least two days during the research trip for your own research, interviews and journalistic contributions. We expect you to develop at least one multimedia contribution, which will be published on the online platform Chai Khana after the trip. Further individual research for German media is desirable.

The flight (presumably from and to Munich) as well as the costs for the program, food and accommodation (two-bed room) will be covered. As to the COVID-19-pandemic and possible flight and travel restrictions, please note our requirement of a complete vaccination protection (three vaccinations) by the beginning of the trip. The project language is English.


Who can apply?

The project is aimed at journalists working for German media (as freelancers or permanently employed). You should have some journalistic experience and a strong interest in dealing with the topics mentioned. Please apply by May 19, 2022 with a letter of motivation, a CV and a maximum 1-page outline of your planned research project. Please submit your application materials in English and send it as one combined document to .

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to working with you.


Contact person:
Sebastian Roesner
Research associate EU & Europe
Tel.: 030 88412 202
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