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Pulitzer Center Update June 20, 2017

Girl Be Heard Brings Reporting to Life at Gender Lens Conference

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Pulitzer Student Fellow Julia Boccagno prepares to interview a transgender cabaret performer backstage at Tiffany's Show Pattaya. Image Courtesy of Julia Boccagno. Thailand, 2015.
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From the celebrated accomplishments of Laverne Cox—the first transgender person to snag an Emmy...

Girl Be Heard performing at the Gender Lens conference. Image by Jin Ding. United States, 2017.
Girl Be Heard performing at the Gender Lens conference. Image by Jin Ding. United States, 2017.

As a special performance during the Gender Lens Conference dinner program, Girl Be Heard, a youth group that creates original performances on social justice issues, based their work on gender-related Pulitzer Center reporting.

Please note that their performance was inspired by the reporting and is not meant to reflect a literal translation of it. Creative interpretation was used in the process and the performances do not necessarily reflect factual representations of the original reporting.

What A Blessing

Based on Ben Taub’s documentation of the journey of teenage girl’s route to Europe amidst trafficking, this peformance tells her story through spoken word.

Legacy of War

Legacy of War takes the audience on a journey through Paula Bronstein's career documenting war widows in Afghanistan.

Dance and Fall

Through song and spoken word, Girl Be Heard performs student fellow Julia Boccagno’s stories on the transgender experience in Thailand.

Becoming A Man & I Take It

Becoming a Man and I Take It are based on Cassandra Vinograd’s reporting in South Sudan on children being forced to become soldiers.

I Am A Seed

Girl Be Heard uses song to tell the story of widowhood around the world, based on Amy Toensing's photography.

Image by Paula Bronstein. Afghanistan, 2015.
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After decades of conflict Afghanistan is a country of war widows, with approximately 2.5 million...

Blessing and two other teen-age Nigerian girls watch a rainbow over the short stretch of water separating Sicily from mainland Italy. Eighty percent of young Nigerian women who cross the Mediterranean are trafficked into sexual exploitation. Image by Ben Taub. Italy, 2017.
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In recent years, tens of millions of Africans have fled areas afflicted with famine, drought...

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