Activist Yana Panfilova discusses the issues of people living with HIV

Activist Yana Panfilova discusses the issues of people living with HIV

Journalism of Tolerance

Journalism of Tolerance aims to increase social awareness of the issues and challenges faced by vulnerable groups in Ukraine by improving journalists’ understanding and quality of reporting.

The groups covered include sexual and ethnic minorities, people living in poverty, war veterans and other disenfranchised groups. The program includes two days of training with instructors, who help participants approach and cover vulnerable groups in a sensitive and balanced manner, rejecting any stereotypes.

Participants then put learnings into action, producing materials with the support and guidance of MDF mentors.

Key facts and achievements:

  • Launched in 2016, with three sessions held since. Each is made up of two-days of training, covered by six expert instructors

  • 55 participants in total across all three sessions

  • Over 100 articles produced as part of the program – written by participants with editorial support from MDF

 
 Oksana Kharkova, Editor at Novgorod-Siversky public broadcaster

Oksana Kharkova, Editor at Novgorod-Siversky public broadcaster

“The most incredible phrase I heard from Yana Panfilova during the training was: ‘I am happy, that I have HIV. Thanks to it I have discovered the ability to help people.’

She broke all the stereotypes – made us think, inspired us to develop new projects, gave us energy and understanding. Just saying ‘thank you’ to the organizers of the Journalism of Tolerance project is not enough.

May God grant you – Artem, Alyona and Oksana – and everyone who made this project possible, power to turn your ideas into reality, positive experiences and the support of like-minded people.”