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Supporters of then presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro gather at Copacabana beach during a "Women for Bolsonaro" demonstration in Rio de Janeiro on Sept. 29, 2018.

The Feminine Appeal of Macho Populism

Donald Trump isn’t the only right-wing populist to govern with aggression—and do surprisingly well with women.

Blessing Agbo, a nurse, places a contraceptive implant for Habiba, a 30-year-old patient who didn’t give her last name, in Kaugama on Aug. 13. Habiba, who has six surviving children after 10 births, says she wants to take a break from bearing children. Shola Lawal for Foreign Policy and The Fuller Project

Isolated in Rural Nigeria—and Waiting for America to Vote

Across much of the world—including one remote Nigerian village—the availability of family planning will largely depend on the outcome of the U.S. presidential election.

Revelers take part in a Gay Pride Parade in front of policemen in Panama City on June 29, 2019.

Transgender and Trapped in Sex-Based Social Distancing

Panama came up with a novel—and uniquely discriminatory—public health measure to combat the coronavirus.

A call center supervisor talks with a telemarketing co-worker in Rio de Janeiro on Feb. 5, 2013.

The Brutality of Brazil’s Pandemic Call Centers

Call centers are a mainstay of the Brazilian economy—and a growing menace to its workers.

A Mexican woman holding a sign that reads "Don't kill us"

America’s Guns Fuel Mexico’s Domestic Violence Epidemic

Lockdowns and an easy supply of weapons have been a fatal combination for Mexican women.

A young woman believed to be a victim of human trafficking is questioned by police in Kathmandu, Nepal

The Pandemic’s Hidden Human Trafficking Crisis

The coronavirus has created more people vulnerable to exploitation by traffickers—and revealed the world’s unpreparedness to protect them.

Medical personnel work at Razi hospital, which has been allocated to treat COVID-19 patients in Ghaenshar, Iran, on April 9.

Iran’s Nurses Are Martyrs to Trump’s Maximum Pressure

The Trump administration’s sanctions have made it impossible for Iranian medical personnel to keep themselves safe amid the pandemic.

Workers line up to have their temperature taken in front of a factory in Kenya during the coronavirus pandemic

Kenya’s Labor Market Wasn’t Made for a Pandemic

Informal workers propped up the country’s economy—until they were suddenly struggling to survive.

Girls read an educational book about family planning in Uganda

Trump’s War on the Concept of Women’s Health

The United States has joined with a group of authoritarian countries in opposing not just abortion, but also basic medical vocabulary that applies to women.

Seventeen-year-old Louch Vi feeds her two sons at her hut in the Mondulkiri region of Cambodia on Feb. 9, 2018. Louch said she and her sons go days at a time without food.

The World’s Mothers Are Watching Ever More Babies Die of Starvation

Malnutrition is passed from one generation to the next between mother and child—unless someone commits to stopping the deadly cycle.

Men and women join in a protest march in Pretoria, South Africa

African Men Try Leading the Fight to Stop Sexual Violence

Some of their ideas are effective, some are strange—and some could make the problem even worse.

An Indian woman displays her 2000 rupee notes as she has her finger inked with indelible ink after exchanging withdrawn 500 and 1000 rupee banknotes at a bank in Chennai on November 17, 2016.

Protecting Women Will Make You Money

Big investors are starting to use a new metric to assess financial risk: rates of gender-based violence.

Shadows of migrants at a shelter in Mexicali, Mexico, en route to the United States on Nov. 15, 2018.

Trump’s Human Trafficking Record Is Fake News

The U.S. government has just released a highly anticipated human rights report that whitewashes the effects of its own policies.

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Britain Is Making Sexual Harassment a Hate Crime

A shift in how police departments handle complaints about men could save the lives of countless women.

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Only Women Can Stop the Apocalypse

Men make nuclear weapons more dangerous. So why do they still dominate the field?

Women march during International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women in San Salvador, El Salvador, on Nov. 26, 2018. (Marvin Recinos/AFP/Getty Images)

El Salvador Kills Women as the U.S. Shrugs

Washington helped start an epidemic of violence against women in Central America. Now it’s washing its hands of the problem.

An 11-year-old girl cares for her mother as she receives her first dose of chemotherapy at Jamhuriat Hospital in Kabul on July 15, 2017. When 38-year-old Fatema was diagnosed with breast cancer, it took her seven months to gather the money needed for her surgery, and she was forced to delay follow-up treatment until she could borrow money to pay for it. (Kiana Hayeri for Foreign Policy)

America Never Gave Afghan Women a Chance

Washington failed at the most promising path toward stability in Afghanistan: keeping the country’s women alive.

Voters elected a record number of women to the U.S. Congress in November, including, from left, Kim Schrier, D-Wash., Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Fla., Abby Finkenauer, D-Iowa, Sharice Davids, D-Kan., and Haley Stevens, D-Mich., seen during an incoming freshman class photo in Washington on Nov. 14. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

2018 Was a Long Women’s March Through Congress

It was a year of quiet, but major, progress for women’s issues in the U.S. government—and 2019 promises even more.

A woman displaced by fighting in Taiz sits outside her temporary home with her family on the outskirts of Aden, Yemen, on Oct. 15.

Women Want to Put Yemen Back Together Again

Men caused the world’s worst humanitarian disaster, but it’s become clear they can’t fix it.

An arrested woman appears before Iraqi judges in a makeshift courtroom in Baghdad on April 17. (Afshin Ismaeli/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Iraq Is Tempting Fate by Punishing Women

The country isn't just flouting international law by collectively punishing the wives of Islamic State fighters—it's inviting a return to war.

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