The Global Press Institute, formerly the Press Institute for Women in the Developing World, is an international nonprofit and citizen journalism initiative. GPI was founded on the belief that journalism is an empowering tool that can bring voice, strength and light to issues that are hidden and people who are oppressed. It is in this vein that GPI trains ordinary women in the developing world to serve as reporters and writers in their own communities. Journalists for GPI are dedicated to telling untold stories and empowering themselves and others through education and journalism. There are six core issues that most affect women in their communities and GPI reporters focus on: HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, poverty, reproductive rights, political oppression, and community development.
Founded by Cristi Hegranes in March 2006, the organization is currently celebrating its fifth anniversary. The idea for creating the Global Press Institute came to Hegranes when she was working as a foreign correspondent in Nepal.
“Although I spoke Nepali and had an extensive network of local sources from years of work and travel in the region, I realized that no matter how familiar I was with Nepalese culture, I would always be an outsider in the society, a foreigner who would always face an unbridgeable gap in the social, historical and political context of reporting,” Hegrane said. “It seemed obvious that those persons most qualified to be reporting the news were the locals, not a woman... Read More