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Pulitzer Center Update March 5, 2013

International Women's Day: Meet Our Female Journalists via Video

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Image by Allison Shelley. Nepal, 2013.

International Women's Day: Featuring Pulitzer Center Female Journalists

All week we're featuring our awesome female journalists in honor of International Women's Day. Meet some of them below via video and learn about their reporting projects.

Storified by Pulitzer Center· Fri, Mar 01 2013 14:33:09

Papua New Guinea is a country torn between its traditional culture and the global economic system. Journalist and radio documentary-maker Céline Rouzet shares what attracted her to this place, why she decided to investigate this topic, and the main challenges she faced reporting there. Her reporting series, "Exxon Mobil's Papua New Guinea LNG Project," explores the social and economic issues related to the biggest development project undertaken in the history of the Pacific region.

Journalist Celine Rouzet on Papau New Guinea's Gas Boompulitzercenter

In parts of Pakistan today, women are seen as property of men and are believed to personify the honor of their families. Local tribal assemblies, known as jirgas, often declare a woman kari — literally a "black female" or "tainted woman"— if she marries someone of her own choosing or is rumored to have acted "dishonorably." In order to restore the family's honor, the family or the tribe must kill the woman. For their project, "Outlawed in Pakistan," Habiba Nosheen and Hilke Schellmann follow two strong women who narrowly escaped death at the hands of their families and are now struggling to find justice and begin new lives. The documentary was shown at the Sundance Film Festival. (Check out an interview Habiba and Hilke did on ABC News about Sundance here.)

Meet Hilke Schellmann: Important Advice for Foreign Correspondentspulitzercenter
Staying clear of superficiality in her reporting of Nigeria's sectarian violence, photojournalist Bénédicte Kurzen traveled to Jos, a city that, for over a decade, has been the epicenter of clashes between the Muslim north and the Christian south. With Pulitzer Center grantee Joe Bavier, Kurzen started this long-term project during the 2011 presidential election to uncover the rudimentary causes of such religious fissures, and she soon got caught in the midst of violence. Check out her reporting and photos here: "Divided Under God: Nigeria's Sectarian Crisis."
Meet Bénédicte Kurzen: Going Beyond Muslim-Christian Conflict in Nigeriapulitzercenter
Photojournalist Shiho Fukada explains her reporting project "Japan's Disposable Workers." Japan's structural economic problems are further alienating its already marginalized populations. She went beyond the bright lights of Tokyo to document the country's unemployment crisis: disposable workers who are easily fired and live without a social safety net. They are usually shut out from the rest of the society, living in poverty but rarely acknowledged by their fellow citizens.
Meet Shiho Fukada: Japan's Poor, Homeless, Outcasted and Forgotten Workerspulitzercenter

Joanne Silberner reported on cancer in developing countries. After visiting Uganda, India and Haiti, Silberner says that poorer and less educated populations often do not come in for treatment until it is too late, which then perpetuates the widely-held belief that all cancer is deadly. In addition to the lack of awareness, many people in developing countries face difficulties accessing healthcare centers and paying for costly of treatments. Read Joanne's reporting here and check out the interactive infographic about global cancer here.

Meet Joanne Silberner: Treating Cancer in Developing Countriespulitzercenter

Jessie Deeter reported on the state of Tunisia one year after the revolution began. Deeter documents the political conflict through the personal and political stories of two Tunisians from opposing parties. Many Tunisians continue to question issues of free press, women's rights, and the co-existence of an Islamic state within a democracy. With a high unemployment rate and a suffering tourism industry, Tunisians are struggling to reconstruct themselves post-revolution. Read Jessie's reporting here. 

Meet Jessie Deeter: Tunisia Post-Arab Springpulitzercenter
Nadja Drost covered conflict over gold in Colombia. Afro-Colombians in La Toma's mining community are struggling to stay in control of the gold. As mining titles are being granted to Colombian and international mining outfits, miners are beginning to defy outsiders mining on their territories, yet with a price. The miners are in danger of death threats and assassinations for their resistance. Read more of her reporting here:
Meet Nadja Drost: La Toma Miners' Gold Warspulitzercenter
Jenna Krajeski talks about her project investigating the "Stone-Throwing Kids" in Turkey. Check out her reporting on Kurdistan and Turkey here.
Meet Jenna Krajeski: Kurdish Stone-Throwing Kidspulitzercenter

Stephanie Hanes explains the difficulties confronted by stateless population—people who have no citizenship rights—and how they are distinguished from refugees. Using Kenya, Bangladesh and the Dominican Republic as a lens to look into this worldwide phenomenon of statelessness, Hanes emphasizes diversity within stateless people who are individualized by their identities and the problems they face. She and photographer Greg Constantine also look at how the international community is defining, and also mobilizing a response to this human rights crisis. Check out the iBook we produced from their reporting. 

Meet Stephanie Hanes: Stateless Rohingyas, Nubians, Haitianspulitzercenter

Over the past several years, Ethiopia has become one of the top "sending countries" in the international adoption market. But with the growing numbers of adoptions have come allegations of fraudulent paperwork and unethical recruitment of children for adoption—a practice dubbed "child harvesting" by the Ethiopian government. Kathryn Joyce discusses her project "Casualties of Ethiopia's Adoption Boom"and the impact this new "export industry" has had on the local population.

Meet Kathryn Joyce: Adoption Boom and Fraud in Ethiopiapulitzercenter
Anna Badhken embedded with the women and communities of Afghanistan, traveling by donkey. Listen to her explain why below, and read her stories here.
Afghanistan: "We Simply Must Listen Closely"pulitzercenter
You can see more of reporting on women's issues on our Women content gateway. Want to meet more of our awesome journalists? We're featuring these women and others on our Tumblr and you can also check out our Meet the Journalist channel


Three women grouped together: an elderly woman smiling, a transwoman with her arms folded, and a woman holding her headscarf with a baby strapped to her back.


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Three women grouped together: an elderly woman smiling, a transwoman with her arms folded, and a woman holding her headscarf with a baby strapped to her back.


Gender Equality

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