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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.

Namakkal, Tamil Nadu: ‘When Will This End?’

Devi has been on the phone all morning. She’s called contractors, masons and friends to see if they have work for her tomorrow. But so far, no luck. Tomorrow she will try again. “I just…

Namakkal, Tamil Nadu: ‘When Will This End?’

A 30-year-old construction laborer and single mother of two children struggles to find stable work, jostling between multiple jobs in order to feed her family.
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Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir: ‘I Cannot Afford To Sit At Home Even For A Day’

A woman who's sold fish for decades as part of Kashmir's fishing community grapples with the grip of COVID-19 in India.
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Domestic Workers in Gulf Countries Vent Woes on TikTok

Foreign employees in wealthy households — most of them women — have been using the video-sharing app to bring abuses to light.

Right to Work: Advocates, Lawmakers Reshape Debate Over Decriminalizing Sex Work

Across the US, the decriminalization of sex work has become increasingly popular, provoking intense debates within communities. But what role, if any, will the police play?
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The Pandemic Devastated Home-Based Child Care: ‘I Don’t Know How We Bounce Back’

The pandemic has decimated the child care industry across the board, but home-based workers and older workers have been particularly impacted.
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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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‘I Want to Move Forward’: Student Moms Bear Costly Double Burden of Child Care Costs, Student Debt

Making progress toward reducing massive debt seems like an elusive dream for two moms who are struggling to repay mounting student loans while covering child care expenses. Experts say they are not alone.
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‘I Want To Go Home’: Pandemic Exposes Exploitative Conditions Filipina Domestic Workers Face

Filipina women interviewed across Asia, Europe and the Middle East lost jobs or had salaries cut since the pandemic — others were subjected to physical abuse.

Pandemic crushes global supply chains, workers at both ends

The lives—and livelihoods—of two women some 10,000 miles away from each other have become linked by a global pandemic that has not only crushed one of the world’s supply chains but economies, and millions of…
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In a changed mindset, new Zimbabwe law offers pregnant teens the promise of education

Teen pregnancy in Zimbabwe has skyrocketed during the pandemic. But a new law — and a change in mindset — promise to keep girls in school.
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As India’s Credit Sector Falters, So Do Women’s Livelihoods

India’s microfinance sector promises to empower income-insecure women. But it is widening the gap between men and women’s access to opportunity.
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