Pulitzer Center Update

This Week: Cracking the Indian Patriarchy


A student smiles during a school day at Pardada Pardadi. Image by Annalisa Merelli. India, 2018.

A student smiles during a school day at Pardada Pardadi. Image by Annalisa Merelli. India, 2018.

Indian Girl Power
Annalisa Merelli

After working in the United States for 35 years, Virender “Sam” Singh became obsessed with a confounding question: Why do Indian Americans succeed at such high levels in the U.S., while one in four citizens back home live in abject poverty? He eventually developed a theory: India is crippled by its almost total subjugation of women. So he returned home and founded a girls' school in his rural hometown. It got off to a rocky start. But 18 years later, as Annalisa Merelli reports for Quartz, the Pardada Pardadi school has dramatically transformed its community.


Image by The Intercept, 2018.

Image by The Intercept, 2018.

An Unstable Foundation for Iraqi Peace
Simona Foltyn

Lasting peace in Iraq requires a legal system that delivers justice, not revenge—healing old wounds instead of creating new ones. But as Simona Foltyn reports for The Intercept, many Iraqis regard the country’s legal institutions with deep suspicion and fear.


Yusuf Adamu, 12, in April arrived at Asokoro Hospital in Abuja, with a severe case of late-stage AIDS. Doctors suspected that he had tuberculosis and he’s shown here in the X-ray room. Adamu’s mother died from AIDS when he was 3, which is when he was first diagnosed. Yusuf’s father, Ibrahim, and his two other wives are infected, as is a sister. The impoverished family has difficulty paying the bus fares to travel from Yusuf’s home to the hospital for regular checkups and medication the necessary medication adjustments. Nigeria has more children infected by their mothers than any country in the world, and, in turn, the largest number of children dying from AIDS. Image by Misha Friedman. Nigeria, 2018.

HIV: Far From Over
Jon Cohen, William Brangham, Jason Krane, and Misha Friedman

HIV infections are preventable and treatable, but Russia, Nigeria, and the U.S. state of Florida all struggle to exploit the tools available to combat the epidemic. Jon Cohen, William Brangham, Jason Kane, and Misha Friedman explore the reasons why in this multipart series for Science magazine and the PBS NewsHour.