GGPI's five new grantees from around the world are producing new stories about unpaid care work.
Pinar Ersoy is a freelance journalist based in Istanbul with 14 years of experience covering foreign affairs. Between 2012-15, she was the Washington correspondent for Turkish daily Milliyet. In her first story for GGPI, Pinar is investigating how providing free child care options can benefit companies and the economy in general, while also bringing more women into the workforce. In a second article that will follow, she will explore how unpaid care work is preventing some girls in Turkey from attaining higher levels of education.
Andrew Green is a print and radio journalist who currently lives in Berlin after five years living in and reporting from sub-Saharan Africa. He writes often on the systems that perpetuate inequality, and the people looking to disrupt them, for publications like The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, and The Washington Post. His piece for GGPI will focus on the community health worker system: It was originally meant to simultaneously address the shortage of qualified medical staff in developing countries, while formalizing the unpaid care work that was already happening in many of those communities. Andrew's reporting will investigate whether the community health worker model, rather than removing people from the unpaid workforce, might actually have trapped them there, while considering new models meant to overhaul this system.
Carla Ruas, a Brazilian reporter, has worked on a number of investigative pieces in partnership with editors Alexandre de Santi and Silvia Lisboa. One of those stories revealed the violent dispute for land between native Indian people and farmers on the Brazil-Paraguay border, and was awarded a prize at Brazil's 32nd Human Rights Journalism Award in December 2015. Carla, in collaboration with Alexandre and Silvia, will write about the economic impact of Brazil's exploding female inmate population, which has increased by 567% in the past 15 years. They'll investigate the economic impact of their absence from the workforce, and, for those who are mothers, the consequences of the extra unpaid care work that falls to the women who take over the care of their children.
Clair MacDougall is an independent journalist and writer, currently based in Monrovia, Liberia. She reported on the Ebola outbreak and its aftermath, contributing to the New York Times’ Pulitzer Prize winning coverage and earning her the Kurt Schork Memorial Fund Award. Clair's story will focus on the ongoing struggle for Liberian girls to attain an education due to rural poverty, urban migration and pressure on girls to perform domestic labor. She hopes that her research and reporting will inform the current and future attempts at school reform in a nation where the system has failed to educate youths, and provide them with opportunities for more than a decade since the end of Liberia's civil war.
Vidhi Doshi is a freelance journalist based in India. She writes for the Guardian and Observer newspapers. Her work has also appeared in Delayed Gratification magazine, the Atlantic, Pacific Standard and others. Vidhi's project will focus on migrant construction workers in Indian cities and the impact their long hours and work lives have on their children's development.