World Press Freedom Day 2016
Executive Secretary, Russian Union of Journalists (Russian Federation)
Nadezdha Azhgikhina is a journalist, literary critic, and feminist activist. She began her career in 1986 as a reporter for the national daily, Komsomolskaya Pravda, followed soon by her work on the magazine Ogonyek, the leading intellectual journal of the time. In 1992, she co-founded the Association of Russian Women Journalists, which has received wide acclaim for its studies of the image of women in the Russian media. Between 1995 and 2001, Azhgikhina was a staff journalist on the daily Nezavisimaya gazeta (Moscow Independent), where she inaugurated the first women's page in a Russian newspaper. She has written and edited several books and pamphlets, is the co-editor of the women's studies journal, We/Myi: The Women's Dialogue, and teaches journalism at Moscow University, where she earned both a master’s and a doctorate degree in journalism.