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Should Abusive Partners Have Parental Rights?

A gruesome case of “vicarious violence” in Spain raises new questions about whether abusive partners can ever be good parents.

‘The Pain Was Unbearable’: Thousands of Women Subjected to Banned ‘Virginity Tests’

The notorious two-finger test was outlawed in Pakistan last year, but an investigation by The Fuller Project and VICE World News showed that doctors are still subjecting rape survivors to the test with impunity.
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‘Women Are Routinely Discredited’: How Courts Fail Mothers and Children Who Have Survived Abuse

Burdened by the high cost of legal help and penalized by courts that favor fathers, women risk losing children to abusive partners
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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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Celebrity Justice: How Women Saw Their Own Experiences in the Cosby and Spears Cases

Two high-profile celebrity court cases over the past week seemed to capture the frustration many women experience as they seek justice in the U.S. legal system.
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France’s Femicide Rate Plunged Last Year. But Without Funding, More Women Will Die, Experts Say

Femicides dropped sharply in 2020, but activists worry it was only temporary.

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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‘We Need To Study Women’: Traumatic Brain Injury in Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence

Survivors of intimate partner violence suffer from traumatic brain injuries at high rates, but historically, they’ve been left out of scientific and public discussions around traumatic brain injuries. A faction of researchers in the US…
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The Legacy of Wartime Atrocities Still Looms Over Asian Alliances

A South Korean court's surprising dismissal of the landmark "comfort women" decision continues the debate over what justice looks like for survivors of wartime sexual violence and rape.

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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Uyghur Women Aren’t Safe No Matter Where They Go

Leaving Xinjiang has not meant they are free of China’s grasp.

10 Years After the Arab Spring, Tunisian Feminists Fight a Similar Battle

Despite some of the Arab world’s most progressive laws on gender equality, Tunisian women say they’ve been let down by the state. Now, a growing movement of intersectional feminists is pushing for change.
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Lessons from Texas: Advocates Warn of Extreme Weather’s Link to Domestic Violence

When a winter storm paralyzed Texas last month, millions of people in the state were left without power or heat or drinkable water. Traveling was dangerous and cell service was spotty. At the Houston Area…
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The ICC’s Major Anti-Kony Verdict Is No Relief for His Victims

A member of the brutal Lord’s Resistance Army rebel group has been convicted of crimes against humanity, but the survivors are still struggling to pull their lives together.

France Is in Denial About Domestic Violence

Deeply held beliefs around France being the birthplace of “courtly love” and a cradle of seduction may be holding the nation back from more aggressively pursuing issues around gender violence, advocates say.
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‘I’m scared every damn day’: In the Philippines, violence shadows trans lives

There is still no law against discrimination on the basis of gender in the Philippines, and, as a result, transgender people are subject to regular violence and abuse.
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‘Men’s Violence Will Outlive The Coronavirus’ — Push To End Global Spike In Abuse Against Women Amid the Pandemic

With half of the world’s population living under lockdown, millions of women around the world were trapped with an abusive partner.
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Targeted for abuse: With borders closed, women fleeing Venezuela face additional threats

Colombia’s border closure due to COVID-19 left no safe way for Venezuelan migrants to cross the border, exposing more women to sexual abuse, kidnapping, trafficking and murder that is endemic along informal routes.
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