2022 WHO/ICFJ Violence Against Children Reporting Contest ($1,000 prize)

Last Updated on September 16, 2022

WHO/ICFJ Violence Against Children Reporting Contest

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) are conducting a Violence Against Children reporting contest to raise awareness and spur dialogue around critical – yet underreported – issues of violence against children around the world.

Despite its scale and impact, violence against children is rarely covered in the media outside of one-off stories around specific incidents. Little attention is given to its direct impact on families and children, much less, its toll on socioeconomic development and public health. Violence prevention efforts, which require societal and political buy-in, also receive little coverage. Journalists thus play a key role in amplifying violence prevention issues that garner the attention of the public and policymakers.


  • In each of the eligible countries, a $1,000 first-place prize, $750 second-place prize, and a $500 third-place prize will be awarded. 


  • Journalists reporting on violence against children in English or Spanish in Colombia, Kenya, and the Philippines are eligible.
  • To be considered, your violence against children story must be:
    • published between September 1, 2022 and October 16, 2022, and
    • use best reporting practices from the WHO new media guide for proper reporting on violence against children.


Send your story submission to skhashimov@icfj.org by October 16, 2022, to be considered.

For more information, visit WHO VAC Reporting Contest.

Deadline: October 16, 2022

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