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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.

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.

“This is ours” – Somaliland women smell success as frankincense business takes off

Somaliland's female frankincense workers have set up their own cooperative to take back control after years of low pay and harsh conditions.

India’s solar power push delivers an unexpected bonus – empowering rural women

India’s push for solar delivers unexpected gains for women in the country’s rural areas.

Living on the Edge: how the “benefits cliff” holds women back

Economists call the dilemma the “benefits cliff”: get a new job or a promotion, and a rise in income beyond a certain threshold can disqualify people from benefits which they rely on to survive.

A decade after Rana Plaza’s collapse, factories are safer but women garment workers face new threats

A decade after Rana Plaza’s collapse killed over 1,100 garment workers in Bangladesh, women in the industry face new threats.

“There’s no support” — Undocumented and unemployed in pandemic-era California

The lack of unemployment protections for undocumented women were exacerbated during the pandemic.

Anxious wait for working mothers as last of California’s pandemic relief set to expire

A period of unprecedented aid reduced racial disparity in the Golden State, but all that remains is a child care subsidy that ends this summer.

A growing number of women farmers are changing the face of California’s agricultural industry

Farming is Female: women farmers in California are changing the face of the agricultural industry in their state and across the country.

In Thailand, an Uphill Battle to Legalize Sex Work

Sex workers and liberal politicians are fighing an uphill battle to legalize sex work in Thailand.

A rare instance of accountability

Overharvesting of frankincense led our reporter down a years-long investigation into abuse and exploitation in the essential oils industry.

Somaliland’s Frankincense Brings Gold to Companies. Its Women Pay the Price.

Female workers tell of exploitation and sexual assault at frankincense warehouse supplying US essential oils company.

Qatar’s World Cup Legacy Is Stranded Worker Widows

As the most controversial World Cup in recent memory draws to a close, thousands of widows across South Asia are left picking up the pieces of their shattered lives.

Women under pressure as finance sector makes push into remittances

Women migrants send back half of global remittances. Women who stay back receive most of them. One scholar warns that this money is being targeted.

Reporter’s Notebook: Migrant women in Qatar’s hotels speak out

Migrant women working in Qatar's World Cup hotels have said they were ignored when they made allegations of harassment or abuse.

Female migrant workers speak out about harassment in Qatar’s World Cup hotels

As the FIFA World Cup starts, migrant women working in Qatar's hotels say their allegations of harassment or abuse have been ignored.

“Neither a widow nor a wife”: India’s abandoned brides

Fraudster husbands in India get married and make promises to take their new wives abroad. But once they receive a dowry, they leave the brides behind. Abused and defrauded, these women are trying to put…
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