Issue

Women, Children, Crisis

In crisis areas, it is often women and children who suffer most. Countries with underdeveloped economies and countries at war face countless difficulties, but stories of the particular misery faced by women and children are often overlooked—resulting in far-reaching human, social and economic consequences.

Women, Children, Crisis pulls from a number of reporting projects around the globe that illuminate the adversity and outright crimes endured by women and children, as well as creative responses to these challenges.

Women, Children, Crisis

Female Power in a Maasai Village

By struggling to feed her family, Sipapei Lekisamba and her fellow Maasai women are disrupting the very foundations of their patriarchal society and earning a right to financial independence.

Maasai Women "Carry Each Other"

Women in Tanzania's Oltukai Village are teaching each other how to "wake up" to their own potential—reaching for financial independence in a typically patriarchal society.

Nepalese Slavery Lesson Hits Home

A story from the St. Louis-Post Dispatch covered a classroom visit by Meredith May, in which she told high school students about the Pulitzer Center-sponsored reporting project "Olga's Girls."

Pulitzer's Congo Project Wins Robert F. Kennedy Foundation Prize for Best International Reporting on Television

The RFK Foundation has awarded its 2009 prize for best international reporting on television to Michael Kavanagh and to the public television program WorldFocus for Kavanagh's reporting on rape as a weapon of war in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Kavanagh did the reporting last fall, on one of three trips to the region commissioned and funded by the Pulitzer Center.

What follows is the WNET.org press release:

WORLDFOCUS WINS PRESTIGIOUS ROBERT F. KENNEDY JOURNALISM AWARD

Reports on the Crisis in the Congo

Alison des Forges

Jon Sawyer, Pulitzer Center

Alison des Forges, the Human Rights Watch researcher and Rwanda scholar who was killed in the crash of a commuter plane near Buffalo last Thursday night, touched so many people in so many different ways. For those of us who did not know her in person perhaps the best tribute we can give is to learn her story, to understand the profound difference one individual can make, and to follow her lead.