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Water mixed with salt was dinner for Umar Abubaker and his family of eight, including three young children, for many nights during Nigeria’s five-week lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Before the lockdown, Abubakar, who has a physical…
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Doris is a 75-year-old woman from Kayaba informal settlement in Nairobi. As with most families in the settlement, her house is a single dilapidated room with mud walls, a corrugated iron roof, and dirt floors. There is no clean running water, and she…
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The Covid-19 pandemic in the United States has left millions of people struggling to make ends meet. Massive government spending, especially the stimulus checks, has provided crucial relief. But the checks are just a band-aid for a U.S. social safety…
Gina Stanton, of the Homewood neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, attends a rally held by the Mon Valley  Unemployed Committee and Pittsburgh Restaurant Workers Aid Group at Governor Tom Wolf’s regional office on March 10, 2021, downtown Pittsburgh.
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No one should have to choose between housing that is unaffordable and housing that is uninhabitable.

President Joe Biden’s recently announced infrastructure plan calls for the federal government to invest $40 billion in repairing America’s public housing stock, a move that could open a new chapter in the nation’s fraught relationship with…
A group of protestors during a major demonstration at 26 Federal Plaza in New York City, in response to then-President Donald Trump’s proposal to cut $6.2 billion in federal housing funds, April 20, 2017. 
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Forcing Parental Involvement in Abortion Violates Rights

A law in the US state of Illinois that forces people under 18 to involve an adult family member in their abortion decision is failing some of the state’s young people and violating their human rights. In a new joint report with the American Civil…
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Each passing day underscores the urgency of expanding Covid-19 vaccine access. The gulf between vaccine haves and have-nots has been denounced as “vaccine apartheid". Huge inequities in government resources to procure vaccines and…
94-year-old Mother Teresa Llona receives a Pfizer vaccine during a Covid-19 vaccination campaign at the bull ring in Arnedo, northern Spain, March 4, 2021. 
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It was clear immediately that the Covid-19 pandemic would hit women hardest. First came the school closures. One point four billion children were sent home from school, and many more from childcare facilities. Who was going to look after them? Who…
Women domestic workers, many of whom lost their jobs after the coronavirus outbreak, shout slogans at a protest demanding social security from the government in Bengaluru, India, June 15, 2020.
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When the novel coronavirus began spreading, the shared fate of the globe’s seven billion people came sharply into focus. The virus could infect anyone; leaving anyone unprotected meant making everyone vulnerable. But any hope of solidarity was soon…
Children run past a mural that warns people about the dangers of the new coronavirus, in the Kibera informal settlement of Nairobi, Kenya.
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The warnings about vaccine nationalism started early. As governments poured massive amounts of public money into the race to develop Covid-19 vaccines, experts from around the world warned that, with limited supplies, vaccines would not become a…
A volunteer receives a Covid-19 test vaccine injection developed at the University of Oxford in Britain, during a clinical trial at the Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa.
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Food banks, including those in the Independent Food Aid Network (IFAN), which the BMJ is supporting in its 2020-21 appeal, have provided a lifeline for many people in the United Kingdom who have been left vulnerable and exposed by a deeply flawed…
Abdalkarim Sama, a volunteer at Sufra Food Bank, sorts through tinned food in the storage section on site at Sufra Food Bank, in Brent, Northwest London. October 9, 2019
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Federal Law Should Enable Workers to Fight for Better Conditions

It is hard to imagine a less hospitable environment in the United States for workers to organize than Alabama, where state law seriously curtails unions. But that is exactly what a group of Amazon warehouse employees in Bessemer, Alabama are…
An Amazon worker delivers boxes in downtown Los Angeles, California, October 1, 2020. 
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UK’s Children’s Rights Record is Under Review

Over the past year, as the Covid-19 pandemic has set in and schools closed, I’ve spoken to some amazing people who are working to protect children’s rights in the United Kingdom. Katie Barry, a primary school headteacher in Lincolnshire, told me in…
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Disinvestment and Privatization of Education in Uganda

Summary Low investment in public schools can undermine the right to education, especially for children from low-income households. This article presents trends in Uganda, where cuts to public education and the private sector’s growing involvement…
Pupils sit in a classroom at the Kibuye Junior Primary School in the Katwe slum of Kampala, Uganda, October 14, 2016.
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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) under the Trump administration has been gutting consumer protections for four years, putting low-income families at risk of exploitation by predatory lenders. The incoming Biden administration should…
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The world’s public development banks, focused on alleviating poverty, will gather this week during the Paris Peace Forum to discuss their collective responses to global challenges like climate change and recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. This…
Residents of Mindonga settlement on the banks of the stream of effluents released by the PHC palm oil mill, a company supported by European public development banks. February 2, 2019, Yaligimba, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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For the past three years, I have shopped and delivered food for Instacart to thousands of homes and businesses in the San Francisco area. I rarely take a day off and usually work seven days a week. But I struggle to make ends meet, no matter how hard…
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What started as a health crisis has quickly turned into an economic and human rights crisis, with hundreds of thousands of lives lost, over one billion children out of school, and jobs that have disappeared overnight. The people suffering the most…
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Californians will soon be voting on Prop 22—an initiative that would remove protections for gig workers and could drive them into financial hardship.

The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the tech-driven transformation of the grocery industry. Many Californians shunning brick-and-mortar stores for fear of catching the virus continue to rely on workers hired by online ordering apps to pick…
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