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Aela Callan Receives the Jane Cunningham Croly Award for Excellence in Journalism

July 12, 2017

During the Gala Banquet at the 2017 GFWC Annual Convention, International President Sheila E. Shea presented documentary filmmaker and journalist Aela Callan with the Jane Cunningham Croly Award for Excellence in Journalism Covering Issues of Concern to Women. The award recognizes media professionals who best capture the courage, vision, and spirit of GFWC’s founder and pioneering journalist Jane Cunningham Croly. Recipients of the award demonstrate an interest in the advancement of women; an awareness of women’s strength and courage; and attempts to counteract sexism in our society.

Aela Callan was selected for her eye-opening documentary, Good Morning Pakistan: Journalist under Threat, produced by Al Jazeera’s 101 East program. The film follows the lives of journalists in Pakistan’s tribal areas and effectively illustrates the incredible risks faced by female reporters in the area every day. Callan reveals how women’s stories would go untold if not for the tireless work of reporters at Peshawar’s Tribal News Network.

During her distinguished career, Callan has produced more than two dozen documentaries, won multiple gold prizes at the New York Festivals Film and Television Awards, and received the prestigious Walkley Award for Excellence in Journalism in her native Australia. Callan believes that great story telling can change lives in forgotten corners of the globe. “I want my daughter to grow up in a world where women everywhere are equal and their voices are heard,” Callan said.

At the conclusion of her acceptance speech for the Croly Award, Aela pledged the prize she received from GFWC to starting a scholarship fund for female journalists in Pakistan. Discover Callan’s award-winning work for yourself by viewing her documentary on 101 East’s website.

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