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'A New Kind of Slavery': In the Sundarban, Climate Change has an Unlikely Effect — on Child Sex-Trafficking

Child trafficking is on the rise in one of the most climate vulnerable places on earth—revealing blind spots in climate policy, experts tell contributor Ritwika Mitra.
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COVID ‘Crisis Moment’ for Families With Children in NYC Pre-K and 3K Programs

Ten-day quarantines are forcing families to keep young kids home, causing chaos for those in need of child care — regardless of negative COVID test results.
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She Made Jeans for Americans. When They Stopped Shopping, She Turned to Sex Work

As the garment sector—one of the Lesotho’s largest employers—crumbles during the coronavirus pandemic, a 30-year-old factory worker turns to sex work to make do.
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Violence Spikes As Myanmar Garment Workers Say Factories Are Colluding With the Junta

With tensions rising in alleged military-linked factories, brands such as Mango and Zara have cut ties in recent months. But at what cost to the mostly female workforce?
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Women With Children Having Harder Time Re-entering NYC Workforce

A new study shows 41% of women living with kids in New York Ci are not working compared to 24% of men with children — a lingering effect of remote school and a perpetual child…
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Why There Hasn’t Been A Mass Exodus Of Teachers

Much has been reported about the “she-cession,” how women have left the workplace in disproportionate numbers. Journalist Rebecca Klein investigates why that hasn’t happened among teachers.
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Would You Manage 70 Children And A 15-Ton Vehicle For $18 An Hour?

Take a new job or take your kids to school? A school bus driver shortage in suburban Minneapolis is leaving some moms with tough choices. It’s happening across America and is a trend that experts say won’t bode well for women and the economy.
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Dispatches From Afghanistan: Life of Fear Replaces Life of Dreams After Taliban Takeover

Once the breadwinner for eight people, an Afghan woman says she now feels "in prison" since the Taliban took over Afghanistan.
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Are You a Teacher? FiveThirtyEight and The Fuller Project Want to Hear From You

If you are currently a K-12 teacher, take this survey to help contribute to an in-depth investigation by FiveThirtyEight and The Fuller Project.
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‘One Paycheck Away From Losing Everything’: Why The Child Care Crisis Is Especially Hard for Black Mothers

The coronavirus pandemic caused a child care crisis. Black moms are bearing the biggest brunt.
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Female ‘Hotshot’ Firefighters Want Action on Reproductive Health Risks

A system "built for men" exposes women to chemicals that have been linked to miscarriage, birth defects and slowed fetal growth.
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The Moms STILL Are Not Alright

Vaccine availability, the delta variant and child care access are compounding challenges for working mothers.
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How the UK Became an Origin Country for Human Trafficking

For years the UK was known as a destination country for victims of trafficking. But now more and more vulnerable British nationals are being taken away from their communities and trafficked within the borders of…
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Female Migrant Workers And The Families They Support Are Being Abandoned By The Money-Transfer Industry

The flow of money sent home by foreign workers remained resilient in the face of COVID-19. But migrant women—and their home communities—still face significant financial barriers, particularly domestic workers in the Gulf living with ongoing…
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NYC Immigrant Communities Have Long Been Represented by White Men. Will This Election Change That?

Women of color are running to transform local governance in New York and across the U.S., driven by the belief that their communities have been neglected and inspired by the successes at the national level.
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Abused Factory Workers Told Me Their Stories. It Changed Their Lives, and Mine: Reporter’s Notebook

Researcher and Fuller Project contributor Refiloe Makhaba Nkune reflects on her experience reporting on workers’ stories of abuse at a factory that makes Kate Hudson's Fabletics athletic wear.
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In Nigeria, Gas Giants Get Rich As Women Sink into Poverty

As international gas companies like Eni, Shell and Exxonmobil reap millions of dollars, women in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region say gas flaring is destroying their land and livelihoods.
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Exclusive: Workers in Factory That Makes Kate Hudson’s Fabletics Activewear Allege Rampant Sexual and Physical Abuse

In a joint investigation with TIME, The Fuller Project has spoken to 38 workers who allege instances of abuse and harassment at a garment factory in Lesotho that predominantly supplies Fabletics, Kate Hudson’s athleisure brand.
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