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We spotlight the unique challenges faced by women in the global workforce – from employment opportunities to pay disparity, access to financial services, and sexual and physical abuse in the workplace – and hold accountable those who perpetrate or allow such injustices.

East Africa’s second-hand clothes markets – a major source of work for women – are under threat

How Uganda used clothes (Mitumba) traders are struggling to survive under the weight of changing domestic and foreign policies.

Reporter’s Notebook: How heat impacts fashion’s global workers

From floods to rising temperatures, workers in fast fashion’s global supply chain are on the frontlines of climate change

Fast fashion is one of the world’s most polluting industries. Its global workforce is paying the price.

Around the world, fashion’s mostly female labor force are grappling with working conditions made increasingly unbearable and unhealthy by climate change.

 Tea companies have agreed to slow mechanization after Kenya protests – but for how long?

As automation hits women’s jobs, unions in Kenya fight back.

New Hope for Pakistan’s Mistreated Workers

Germany’s new Supply Chain Act could help curb some of the world’s worst labor injustices.

The Brutality of Sugar: Debt, Child Marriage and Hysterectomies

Women working on India’s sugarcane farms are having expensive and medically unnecessary hysterectomies so they can work uninterrupted - a practice that keeps sugar flowing to Coke, Pepsi and Cadbury, but leaves its victims with…

Nearly Three Decades of Data on Women in Construction is Missing — Here’s How That Could Change

The government stopped collecting data on diversity in the construction industry nearly three decades ago — that could soon change.

Gaza’s Widows Are Fighting for Their Families’ Lives

Women in Gaza ‘have to find ways to survive’ as the humanitarian crisis grows.

Homelessness Spikes Among California Women

Data shows 60,000 unhoused women in the state, among them domestic violence survivors, pregnant women and mothers.

The Middle East Has a ‘Sextortion’ Problem

The region’s social stigmas are deterring women from reporting online sexual abuse.

Can the Climate Tech Revolution Avoid Leaving Women Behind?

Tech is dominated by men. Only a small percentage of solar and wind workers are female – but there are places where women shine in the clean tech world.

African fashion is booming. It could create millions of jobs for women.

African fashion is booming as the continent’s middle class expands. It could create millions of jobs for women.

Women workers at high risk from automation

In Kenya’s tea plantations, labor activists say thirty thousand women have lost their jobs as a result of automation — they represent a broader global trend, with experts saying women are more likely than men…

Silicon Valley VCs Invest Almost Exclusively in Companies Founded by Men. Could a new California law change that?

California would become the first state to require venture capital firms disclose the race and gender of the founders of the companies they fund, under a bill currently awaiting Gov. Gavin Newsom’s signature.

The women workers who are subsidizing global public health

Millions of community health workers, like the famous ASHA workers of India, form the cost-effective backbone of rural health programs around the world but are often unpaid — meaning millions of unpaid or underpaid women…

She escaped her husband’s physical violence – but economic ties kept them connected for years

The financial system has become a new frontier in the fight against intimate partner violence.

Debt ceiling deal leaves older women at risk of losing benefits

750,000 people aged 50-54 are expected to lose food stamp benefits because of spending caps. Most of them will be women.

Will California crack down on cash apps that trap women in debt?

Cash advance apps promise women financial freedom, but often leave them trapped in a cycle of debt.
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