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Pulitzer Center Update April 14, 2023

Gender Equity, 1619 Project Education, & More: Our Quarter 1


Image Caption: Women gather at the entrance to a sacred forest on Feb. 24, 2021, in Casamance, Senegal, where residents come for medical treatments. From the story "Meet the People Safeguarding the Sacred Forests and Lagoons of West Africa." Image by Ricci Shryock/NPR. Senegal, 2021.

Highlights of Our Work So Far in 2023

This quarter we are celebrating the work the Pulitzer Center has supported about and by women and nonbinary individuals around the world.

Gender equity issues are inseparable from today’s systemic crises, which include climate change, deforestation, migration, and the COVID-19 pandemic. The Pulitzer Center’s journalism and public outreach initiatives are amplifying the voices of women around the world, and highlighting the multitude of ways they are rising above challenges.

Recent investigations by Pulitzer Center grantees told stories of Afro-feminist movements in the Dominican Republic, rising maternal deaths in Brazil, sexism embedded in widely used AI tools, South Korean women rejecting patriarchal structures, and female peacebuilders in Congo.

The Pulitzer Center has been raising awareness of gender equity issues through journalism, education, and public outreach since 2006. We have supported over 250 projects on gender equality worldwide, resulting in over 1,200 stories on women and LGBTQIA issues that have reached diverse audiences. Our K-12 Education team has produced over 80 resources for educators and students, with lesson plans exploring reproductive health, migration, and justice systems through a gender lens.

Additional highlights from this quarter include the conclusion of the second 1619 Education Network and 1619 Education Conference, a deep dive into the collagen industry’s connections to Amazon deforestation, in-depth reporting marking the first anniversary of the war in Ukraine, and the launch of a multi-part PBS NewsHour series on health-access disparities for rural Americans.

Explore more from Q1 in our just-released report! We are so grateful to PIMCO and our many supporters for making our work on gender and so many other issues a reality.

All best,


At the end of March, the Pulitzer Center collaborated with D.C. Public Schools to support the kick-off of the Seventh Annual Everyday DC Photojournalism Exhibition. The exhibition featured images by over 150 students from 10 D.C. public middle schools that aim to combat dominant stereotypes about D.C. by capturing everyday life through students’ eyes. The exhibition concludes the seventh year of partnership with the visual arts department at D.C. Public Schools on this project, which and also connected over 600 D.C. students to Pulitzer Center staff, journalists, and reporting through photojournalism and media literacy workshops this school year.

Student photographers and exhibition curators Ja’mecca, Loren, and Terrell told the Pulitzer Center, “D.C. has more to offer than the bad reputation that we see and hear about in the news. This exhibit shows that D.C. has color, diversity, respect, and friends who help you feel like you belong.”

The gallery is open to the public every Mondays-Fridays until June 3, from 10:00am-5:00pm EDT at the Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives in Washington, D.C. Admission is free. For more information, click here.

From left: Ja’mecca, Loren, and Terrell. Image by Fareed Mostoufi. United States, 2023.

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