Rwanda, through the eyes of Millennial Women


This project was funded by an European Journalism Centre Grant for Innovation in Development Reporting. 

Since the end of the genocide, Rwanda has become Africa's gender equality's success story. A team of two female reporters - Caterina Clerici and myself - we spent a month reporting in Rwanda with Millennial women -- first-time voters in the 2017 election and raised post-1994 in a newly gender equal society -- to understand what empowerment means to them.

Our web-feature was published in: 


MARIE CLAIRE (United States)

"Rwanda's Future is Female. 

January 2019


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"Rwanda: Elles sont la génération d'après"

September 2017



"Il Nuovo Rwanda E Delle Donne"

November 2017


More on the same topic: 

"Nel Ruanda post-genocidio,

un Paese governato dalle donne"

August 2017, ORIGAMI (Italy)

"Ruanda, il voto delle donne"

July 2017, LA STAMPA (Italy)

"Rwanda: Longue Route vers le Pluralisme"

August 2017, Libération (France)

Instagram: Photos and Drawings from Rwanda on Her_Rwanda


Growing up, I’ve bounced from one continent to another. I’ve traveled to 40 countries and settled in a few of them, including Mexico and the US. But a recent reporting trip to the frontier these two countries share confirmed for me that the border is a place of its own. At a time when the US government’s “zero tolerance” policy has separated thousands of children from their parents as they crossed the border, it’s impossible not to think about how much this dividing line represents.

The border is a line or a river that seems to shape everyone’s lives out there. For some, it’s a bridge between two communities fluent in Spanglish — on the Mexican side, there are livelier soccer games and competitive dental care; on the American side, cheaper gas and the latest sneakers. But for others, it is a potentially deadly swim across the Rio Grande, a departure, or an escape — the last of many borders, the journey of a lifetime.

With these postcards, I hope to capture a sense of everyday life at the border, sharing simple stories of people I’ve met: migrants, lovers, and even a piñata artist. I hope they will provide a way to see the human lives in balance at one of the most political (and yet under-reported) borders in the world.

Reporting for this story was supported by the International Women’s Media Foundation as part of its Adelante Fellowship. Find me or send me a postcard on Instagram @doodle_reporter.


See the full project on BuzzFeed News.●

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Postcards from the Border (BuzzFeed News)

The Village Voice 

A profile of Richard Peña, Program Director of the New York Film Festival, as he prepares to leave after 25 years.


"Richard Peña's Long Goodbye : 25 years and 700 movies later, an institution exits the NYFF. "


Le Monde  

Article about the New York Premiere of the French fiction "The Intouchables" published on Le Monde's page 2 and on the website.

A publication for ambitious narrative nonfiction writers and readers launched by Michael Shapiro in January 2019.

Illustrations for Project Wordsworth

The Big Roundtable is a digital publishing platform that aims to connect passionate nonfiction writers with readers who will support their work. We do this through experimental methods of gathering, selecting, editing, and distributing ambitious narrative stories, and, eventually, researching the reading and sharing behavior around those stories. And by convening forums—online and in person—where writers can learn and connect for mutual support.

Project Wordsworth is a collective of 17 Columbia Journalism School graduate students who are running an experiment. Each of them has written a good story that transports you somewhere else, somewhere you’ve never been. That’s worth something. But how much? You decide. Your input will teach them something new about journalism’s future

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Illustrations for The Big Roundtable


Logo and Story Illustrations for The Delacorte Review


Eléonore Hamelin 2019