For more than 20 years, Mabel Cáceres has reported about corruption at all levels of government in Peru.

Her commitment to press freedom resulted in death threats and numerous lawsuits. It also landed her as one of this year’s recipients of the Courage in Journalism Awards.

Every year, the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) recognizes women journalists “who set themselves apart through extraordinary bravery.” The foundation has honored more than 100 women journalists from 54 countries since 1990.

Meet two other reporters celebrated this year for their courage in reporting the news and promoting the advancement of women in the news media.

Janine di Giovanni, United States
Middle East Editor of Newsweek

Janine di Giovanni strapping on helmet in desert war zone (International Women's Media Foundation)
Janine di Giovanni (IWMF)

Janine di Giovanni began reporting on conflict and humanitarian disasters 25 years ago as a freelancer working in Gaza and the West Bank. She has traveled extensively to Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and Syria to do fieldwork and research.

Her concentration has been on the war in Syria. She is author of the award-winning book The Morning They Came For Us: Dispatches From Syria.

Stella Paul, India
Freelance Journalist

Stella Paul interviewing man in robes (International Women's Media Foundation)
Stella Paul (IWMF)

Stella Paul has shed light on the trafficking of women and children, rape and other issues for multiple media outlets, including Inter Press Service, Thomson Reuters, the Huffington Post and World Pulse.

She has endured death threats, harassment, physical attacks, detention and threats against her family while covering environmental issues, social injustice and women’s rights. She also trains women from the most vulnerable communities in the internet, video and social media.

Elisa Lees Muñoz, IWMF’s executive director, said of the three: “These courageous journalists have faced seemingly insurmountable security threats and personal challenges in reporting on global issues and, often, their impact on women.”