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.




No Refuge for Refugee Children of Burma

For fear of arrest, daylight becomes an unfamiliar sight for many Burmese child refugees in Malaysia.

When I first sit down I notice the drawings pinned up on the wall in front of me. I'm pretty sure they're supposed to be of Burma. They were made by the children who sit with me around this table--all refugees from one of Burma's largest Buddhist states. The youngest child at the table is 6-years-old. The eldest is 17.

How Boat Clinics are Transforming Rural India

Boat clinics in India provide family planning services, immunizations, antenatal care to pregnant women and basic healthcare to socially and geographically isolated villages along the Brahmaptra River. But there are still hurdles to overcome.

A fisherman stands knee-deep in the river as a boat pulls up to the bank in the northeastern Indian village of Tengatoli. A crew made up of doctors, nurses, and one pharmacist grab bags of medical supplies and lug a large generator toward the bamboo homes in the distance.

In the Kano Maternity Ward

Families in Kano, Nigeria struggle to procure blood for mothers suffering from obstetric hemorrhage during delivery. A new blood bank next to the hospital offers hope.

This segment was produced by Outer Voices. The Outer Voices podcast series was made possible with the support of the Schulz Donor Advised Fund of Sonoma County.

Boat Clinics on the Brahmaputra

The mighty Brahmaputra River separates thousands from adequate healthcare facilities in Assam, India. Boat Clinics run by the Center for Northeast Studies and Policy Research navigate through the shallow waters to reach the inhabitants of the river's islands.

This segment was produced by Outer Voices. Support for Hanna Wingber Win's reporting was provided by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. This Outer Voices podcast series was made possible with the support of the Schulz Donor Advised Fund of Sonoma County.