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The Full Story is a partnership between The Fuller Project and Foreign Policy. Our rigorous reporting by diverse voices reveals the distinct and underexplored ways in which U.S. foreign policy impacts women and girls around the world. Our collaborative reporting has twice earned honorable mentions from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.

“Foreign Policy is incredibly proud of its partnership with The Fuller Project. As it becomes increasingly clear that the coronavirus pandemic has disproportionately impacted women around the world—on the frontlines of healthcare, in the informal economy, and with increased unpaid labor at home—Fuller Project reporters continue to shine a spotlight on underreported global trends by seeing gender as central to every story. With dispatches from Bangladesh to Brazil and beyond, The Fuller Project’s work plays a powerful role in changing mindsets and policies in the United States and around the world.” – Ravi Agrawal Managing Editor, Foreign Policy  

Isolated in Rural Nigeria—and Waiting for America to Vote

Women stand in line to enter a supermarket; some of them wearing a protective mask.

Transgender and Trapped in Sex-Based Social Distancing

Panama came up with a novel—and uniquely discriminatory—public health measure to combat the coronavirus.

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A woman in white and spectacles, wearing a name tag lanyard, talking to another woman who is sitting.

The Brutality of Brazil’s Pandemic Call Centers

Call centers are a mainstay of the Brazilian economy—and a growing menace to its workers.

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Women holding demonstration banners

America’s Guns Fuel Mexico’s Domestic Violence Epidemic

Lockdowns and an easy supply of weapons have been a fatal combination for Mexican women.

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A young girl with her face hidden by curtains

The Pandemic’s Hidden Human Trafficking Crisis

For anyone familiar with the mechanisms and methods that drive trafficking, it’s obvious why rates of exploitation spike during international crises.

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A nurse wearing full protective gear in a hospital

Iran’s Nurses Are Martyrs to Trump’s Maximum Pressure

Narjes Khanalizadeh was a 25-year-old nurse in Gilan, a province along the Caspian Sea in northern Iran.

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Women workers stand in a queue, wearing masks and apron

Kenya’s Labor Market Wasn’t Made for a Pandemic

NAIROBI—For the past week, every morning, Akonya Shimeseru wakes up in her single-room home that she shares with her two children in Ongata Rongai, a town on the outskirts of Nairobi.

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Trump’s War on the Concept of Women’s Health

The United States has joined with a group of authoritarian countries in opposing not just abortion, but also basic medical vocabulary that applies to women.

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A mother has a baby on her lap and another young child besides her in a hut in Cambodia, she is feeding her sons some food.

The World’s Mothers Are Watching Ever More Babies Die of Starvation

When 14-year-old Wounaba first found out that she was pregnant, she was excited—until the fear kicked in.

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African Men Try Leading the Fight to Stop Sexual Violence

When SP le Roux began to think about the sexual violence epidemic in his home country of South Africa, he put his background as an electrical engineer and inventor to work.

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Bangladesh’s Child Marriage Problem Is the World’s Human Trafficking Crisis

First Papiya was forced into marriage at 12 years old. Then she was trafficked into sexual slavery.

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Protecting Women Will Make You Money

Big investors are starting to use a new metric to assess financial risk: rates of gender-based violence.

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Trump’s Human Trafficking Record Is Fake News

The U.S. government has just released a highly anticipated human rights report that whitewashes the effects of its own policies.

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Britain Is Making Sexual Harassment a Hate Crime

Five different times, Shana Grice reported her ex-boyfriend to the police in Sussex, England.

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Only Women Can Stop the Apocalypse

Nearly three decades after the end of the Cold War, nuclear conflict remains the single greatest immediate threat to global security.

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El Salvador Kills Women as the U.S. Shrugs

Washington helped start an epidemic of violence against women in Central America. Now it’s washing its hands of the problem.

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America Never Gave Afghan Women a Chance

Washington failed at the most promising path toward stability in Afghanistan: keeping the country’s women alive.

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A Long Women’s March through Congress

It was a year of quiet, but major, progress for women’s issues in the U.S. government—and 2019 promises even more.

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