Women and girls face a myriad of unique challenges around the globe. Although many countries around the world continue to work to mitigate the historic marginalization of and violence against women and girls, they are often disproportionately affected by war, climate change, poverty, industrialization, and global health crises.

In telling their stories Pulitzer Center journalists illuminate not only the violence and disparity faced by women and girls worldwide, but their resilience and strength in the face of it. Stories as varied as a young woman barricading herself in a hotel room in Bangkok to escape subjugation in Saudi Arabia to the women advocating for reproductive rights in Nigeria show women and girls constantly fighting to assert their own humanity.




Waiting for the Americans: Dungu

Expectant Congolese regard new American legislation as a harbinger of turning tides in a stubborn war.

Between Two Streams: Ngilima

Trapped between two streams and surrounded by the LRA, routine tasks such as seeking food have become increasingly dangerous for villagers of Ngilima.

Abandoned Homes: Democratic Republic of Congo

Throughout Bas Uele, we were greeted by mile after mile of previously occupied farmland and villages. They lie abandoned, the forest slowly reclaiming the land as its own. We could easily estimate the dates of the attacks by the LRA by the amount of land that had been reclaimed. These eery and empty places pay testimony to the devastation these attacks have had on the Congolese community.

Abandoned People: Democratic Republic of Congo

The voices in the darkened homes tell us when they were taken, they explain to us what they were forced to do and how that made them feel. There is no response to the horror of their words. The is no hope to understand what these children have been through and what goes through their minds at night when they lie alone in theirs rooms. The only response we have is to make it stop.

A Perfect Place for Hell

Decades of willful neglect have left northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo isolated, impoverished, and underdeveloped. But what was once simply the source of surmountable hardship is now transforming the districts of Haut and Bas-Uele into the ideal kill zone for one of the world's most notoriously brutal rebel groups.