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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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Baby formula marketing practices are still too aggressive

While American mothers can’t find enough formula, a new WHO report details why in other parts of the world parents are getting too much.

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Queer Afghan lives are at risk under the Taliban

During the US occupation, little was done to build a support network for the LGBTQ+ community in Afghanistan. Now their lives are in danger as they struggle to flee.

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Where democracy falters, so do reproductive rights

Where populist authoritarianism is on the rise, anti-abortion politics aren’t far behind.

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The Taliban are harming Afghan women’s health

Afghanistan’s new government is imposing discriminatory restrictions on the health care system.

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India is building a women-only social safety net

Political parties across India have promised a host of new social programs exclusively for women. Is it politics or progress?

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Did Angela Merkel matter for women?

Whatever labels have been affixed to this often-inscrutable woman, there is one that she herself has consistently dodged: feminist.

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The loneliest lactation consultant in the world

Pakistan has 50 million women of childbearing age and only one globally certified person to help them feed their newborns.

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Should abusive partners have parental rights?

A gruesome case of “vicarious violence” in Spain raises new questions about whether abusive partners can ever be good parents.

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‘They Left Us to the Taliban’

Six Afghan women describe their feelings of fear, anger, and betrayal in the wake of America’s departure.

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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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