Issue

Women

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.

 

 

Women

Liberia: Civil War Amputees Sleep, Beg on Streets

Many amputees who have fought in the 14-year civil war are considered social rejects because of their disability and their involvement with the war. They survive by begging for money and food.

David Junior

David Gibson and his girlfriend Grace live with their one-month-old baby in a makeshift shack in Monrovia. A sole breadwinner and amputee, David hopes his son will have a better life than he had.

Up the Creek

Many Liberians wish to come to the U.S., hoping for better opportunities. But those who have been to the U.S., like Chico, realized that grave challenges exist no matter where they go.

The Grace of God

After the civil war, many Liberian youth found themselves at the margins of the society, struggling to get by. Some, like Peter Fayah and David Gibson, survive by relying upon “the grace of God.”

Liberia: Between the Streets and the Stadium

Many Liberians whose limbs have been amputated join the amputee soccer league. While they’ve gained much fame and recognition playing soccer, some of them still live on the streets and beg for money.

Love in the Time of War

Liberia's civil war brought together those who once fought for Charles Taylor. Despite being marginalized after the war, the group has formed strong relationships that can lead to reintegration.