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Amid major world events in 2016, The Fuller Project reported on the news that affects women, and on the news that women made.
Feminist activists around the world beat a steady drum, from Turkey where women march to end femicide, to Saudi Arabia where women compel political and economic openings, to Colombia where women brought factions to the table for peace. Reporting on watershed moments such as these, we raised activists’ voices, sharing stories of change with the world.
As the image of a Syrian child on a Turkish beach rocked the world, and Germany opened its borders, we reported on how global crises affect women. We tracked a young journalist running an underground newspaper in Syria, and told the story of Syrian women fleeing to Europe in search of opportunity and education. Our coverage of the New Year’s Eve attack in Cologne focused readers on German and foreign women, and we reported on Europe’s failure to address refugee women’s needs. The migrant crisis empowered right wing parties in Europe; we reported on the women in Poland who took to the streets to ward off anti-abortion legislation.
2016 was a pivotal year in the US, with the change to a socially conservative administration after 8 years of progressive leadership. Noting that only 1 percent of presidential debate questions were about women, we pushed for more attention. Soon after our report on the dangers of an all-male cabinet, the incoming administration tapped many more women for leadership positions.
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