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Bangladesh’s Child Marriage Problem Is the World’s Human Trafficking Crisis

First Papiya was forced into marriage at 12 years old. Then she was trafficked into sexual slavery. Her story isn’t unusual. It’s echoed by tens of thousands of girls in Bangladesh, highlighting a link between child marriage…

How to Make Abortion Great Again

On a rainy day in May, in the Polish coastal city of Gdańsk, in a high-ceilinged room on the second floor of an unremarkable building, 16 women and five men sat in mismatched office chairs…

What the World Loses if Turkey Destroys the Syrian Kurds

In spring 2015, the only semiofficial way to enter the Kurdish-controlled areas of northern Syria, referred to by Kurds as Rojava, was by boat across the narrow Tigris River from Iraqi Kurdistan. The boats were…

The Poland Model—Promoting ‘Family Values’ With Cash Handouts

SOBOLEW, Poland—Andrzej and Izabela Gromuł have a lot going on, with three boys ranging from 5 to 12, and a daughter on the way. On the warm Saturday afternoon that we spoke, the grassy backyard…

‘I Need the Money But I Feel Guilt.’ How a Drought-Resistant Crop Turned Women in Kenya into Reluctant Drug Lords

Hours before dawn at Soko ya Nadhif market in Garissa, Kenya, middle-aged women in neon hijabs shout orders at men. They glide smoothly, like ghosts, through the darkness, groaning under the weight of heavy bags…

Doubts Still Linger on Kenyans’ Safety in Middle East

When Neema Khamis, 31, was offered a job in Saudi Arabia in 2014 as a domestic worker, she thought it was a dream come true. She had been unable to get work, yet she had…

The Living Hell of Young Girls Enslaved in Bangladesh’s Brothels

After five years in the brothel, Labonni stopped dreaming of being rescued. Ever since she had been sold to a madam at 13 years old, customers had promised to help her escape. None had followed…

Britain Is Making Sexual Harassment a Hate Crime

Five different times, Shana Grice reported her ex-boyfriend to the police in Sussex, England. The 19-year-old asked for help when he followed her home and when he used a stolen key to break into her…

Only Women Can Stop the Apocalypse

Nearly three decades after the end of the Cold War, nuclear conflict remains the single greatest immediate threat to global security. The United States, Russia, China, France, the United Kingdom, India, Israel, Pakistan, and North…

El Salvador Kills Women as the U.S. Shrugs

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador—When police finally found Joselyn Milena Abarca, her body had been cut up into seven pieces and dumped across San Salvador. The 26-year-old had been a psychology major in college and a…

In Mosques Across Morocco, Women are Leading a Quiet Revolution

Not long ago, a woman confided a terrible secret to Zineb Hidra. Her husband, she whispered, was an alcoholic. He spent the young family’s money on liquor, and beat her when he was drunk. One…

‘Men Kill Women Because They Can’: Inside El Salvador’s Devastating Femicide Crisis

Yessenia Juárez and her daughter, Jocelyn, were extremely close. Even if only via a WhatsApp message fired off at lunch, the pair spoke every day. So when, on the morning of Thursday 5th July, Yessenia…
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