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The Brutality of Brazil’s Pandemic Call Centers

SÃO PAULO — “I feel like I’m going to die.” It was just after midnight on April 16, and Vanessa Pereira was chatting with one of her best friends, Jaci Diniz, on WhatsApp. Three days…

Laid Off and Locked Up: Virus Traps Domestic Workers in Arab States

When the nine African women lost their jobs as domestic workers in Saudi Arabia because of the coronavirus lockdown, the agency that had recruited them stuffed them in a bare room with a few thin…

Lose Income or Risk Your Child’s Health at Daycare? The Impossible Choice Low-Income Parents Face in Wisconsin

When 19-year old Milwaukee native Lenesha Barr discovered her six-month-old son, LaShaun, tested positive for coronavirus in April, she panicked.  “There’s a risk that he might die from this,” says Barr, a cook at Wendy’s on unpaid…

This Financial Coaching Pilot is Helping Cash-Strapped Women During COVID-19

How do you make empowered decisions on a topic you know little about? People are asking themselves that question a lot during this pandemic, but it applies to everyday uncertainties as well. A big one is…

Federal Government Needs to Change How it Releases Unemployment Data

In the sweeping economic crisis fueled by the coronavirus pandemic, women and people of color are being hit particularly hard. Industries that disproportionately employ them — restaurant, hospitality, and services — were among the first…

Coronavirus Shutdowns Make Women the Majority of Unemployment Seekers in States Across U.S.

In 17 states, women filed the majority of new unemployment claims in the weeks after their governors closed schools and workplaces to curb the spread of the coronavirus, a new analysis by The Fuller Project…

Imagine Online School in a Language You Don’t Understand

OAKLAND, Calif. — Like many parents, Zainab Alomari has spent the last month trying to help her children learn at home. But unlike most, she has been talking to teachers and working through lessons in…

Breaking: Some States Show Alarming Spike in Women’s Share of Unemployment Claims

Statistics obtained by The Fuller Project from several states show that the share of people who filed new unemployment claims who were women during the last two weeks of March surged from an estimated 13…

My Cousin’s Experience with Childhood Trauma

Trauma is not only created by singular incidents. It can also be born out of a person’s repeated or continuous exposure to stress. A child in poverty faces a higher likelihood of developing this kind…

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. For as long as she could remember, her family of 12 had struggled to find enough food. She…

Ramona: A Story of Perseverance in Kensington

Here’s one woman’s story of perseverance: My name is Ramona Hieye. In the 1960s, I grew up in Kensington, a very different version of the neighborhood you see in the news today. My Kensington had…

Low Wages, Sexual Harassment and Unreliable Tips. This Is Life in America’s Booming Service Industry

After an eight-hour shift on her feet, shuffling between a stuffy kitchen and the red vinyl booths of Broad Street Diner, Christina Munce is at a standstill in traffic. Still wearing the red polo shirt…

‘I Need the Money But I Feel Guilt.’ How a Drought-Resistant Crop Turned Women in Kenya into Reluctant Drug Lords

Hours before dawn at Soko ya Nadhif market in Garissa, Kenya, middle-aged women in neon hijabs shout orders at men. They glide smoothly, like ghosts, through the darkness, groaning under the weight of heavy bags…

Doubts Still Linger on Kenyans’ Safety in Middle East

When Neema Khamis, 31, was offered a job in Saudi Arabia in 2014 as a domestic worker, she thought it was a dream come true. She had been unable to get work, yet she had…

The Living Hell of Young Girls Enslaved in Bangladesh’s Brothels

After five years in the brothel, Labonni stopped dreaming of being rescued. Ever since she had been sold to a madam at 13 years old, customers had promised to help her escape. None had followed…

Maternity Care Crisis (Averted?)

Dad was speeding down I-95 past the Philadelphia Airport, his heavily pregnant wife moaning in the SUV. The drive was too far; the traffic too congested. Eventually, he pulled over and with the help of…

How a Miami Judge Pioneered a New Way of Handling Minor Human Trafficking Cases

The turning point came the day a 13-year-old girl appeared in Judge Maria Sampedro-Iglesias’s Miami courtroom. The child wouldn’t make eye contact, so the judge asked her to approach the bench. That’s when she saw…

‘The Ones Nobody Misses’: Scope of Human Trafficking in Alabama Wider than Reported, Experts Say

The cursive script scrawls down Claira’s skin, looping across the finger on her left hand that, at another moment in time, might hold a ring. But for now, it still holds the name of her…
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