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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  

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The World Hasn’t Figured Out How to Stop ‘Revenge Porn’

Various countries have outlawed the practice—but the laws don’t seem to be working.

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Could Women’s Rights be Key to Unifying Israel’s Government?

Israel’s political future could influence the future for women in Israel, as well as elsewhere in the greater region.

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Are Chemicals Poisoning the World’s Female Workers?

Women are disproportionately exposed to deadly substances—and may be getting disproportionately sickened by them.

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The Legacy of Wartime Atrocities Still Looms Over Asian Alliances

A South Korean court's surprising dismissal of the landmark "comfort women" decision continues the debate over what justice looks like for survivors of wartime sexual violence and rape.

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India’s Suffering Female Farmers Have the Most to Lose

Activists say India’s farm reforms have been pushed through without input from key stakeholders—including female farmers. With virtually no power to negotiate, they fear they’ll face further disempowerment under the new laws.

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The ICC’s Major Anti-Kony Verdict Is No Relief for His Victims

A member of the brutal Lord’s Resistance Army rebel group has been convicted of crimes against humanity, but the survivors are still struggling to pull their lives together.

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France Is in Denial About Domestic Violence

Deeply held beliefs around France being the birthplace of “courtly love” and a cradle of seduction may be holding the nation back from more aggressively pursuing issues around gender violence, advocates say.

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Sex Criminals Use Bitcoin. So Do the Police.

Cryptocurrencies offer vast potential for catching sexual predators—but it remains mostly untapped.

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The Pentagon remains a battlefield for women

President-elect Joe Biden’s historic pick for Secretary of Defense dashed hopes for another first: a female head of the Pentagon.

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The Feminine Appeal of Macho Populism

While President Donald Trump’s defeat may have dealt a blow to his brand of “macho populism,” the phenomenon isn’t going away any time soon. And in many cases, it’s women themselves who are fueling it.

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Isolated in Rural Nigeria—and Waiting for America to Vote

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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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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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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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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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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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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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