Ellen Wulfhorst

North American companies pledge to mentor LGBT+ refugees

Dec 08 2020

NEW YORK, Dec 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nearly two dozen North American companies have signed up to mentor LGBT+ refugees, preparing them to find jobs while overcoming obstacles like discrimination in their new homelands, organizers said on Tuesday.

U.S. food banks short of holiday volunteers due to coronavirus

Nov 25 2020

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Coronavirus fears are stripping U.S. soup kitchens, food banks and charities - normally teeming with volunteers during the holiday season, starting with Thanksgiving Day on Thursday - of helping hands to feed the hungry.

In new UN role, ex-CNN journalist seeks to end abuse of women and girls

Nov 25 2020

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Former CNN correspondent Isha Sesay planned to begin her new role as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) with a visit to Nigeria and Haiti - canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

To honor slave trade victims, a memorial in the depths of the Atlantic

Nov 20 2020

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Tributes to victims of the transatlantic slave trade can be found in museums and through statues, but a new proposal is calling for a memorial that can neither be visited nor even seen.

U.S. domestic workers seen better off under Biden presidency

Nov 12 2020

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As Joe Biden lays the groundwork for his presidency, more than two million U.S. domestic workers can expect better conditions and greater recognition of their role in reviving the pandemic-hit economy, labor advocates said this week.

Biden win seen as green light for women's reproductive rights

Nov 07 2020

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Democrat Joe Biden as U.S. president will bring sweeping changes to women's reproductive rights globally, starting with overturning a U.S. policy banning government-funded aid groups from mentioning abortion, according to campaign groups.

U.S. voters split over abortion access in election votes

Nov 04 2020

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Voters in the U.S. south and west weighed in with opposing views on women's reproductive rights in the election, approving an anti-abortion amendment in one state but blocking a ban in another, underscoring the divisive nature of the issue.

U.S. workers fear for future as election, COVID-19 loom

Oct 29 2020

NEW YORK, October 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - With businesses closed and coronavirus infections rising, former Californian hotel worker Walter Almendarez said he had no choice but to dig into his savings and go to a food bank for the first time in his life to feed his family.

Post-pandemic, will offices and factories become 'places men go'?

Oct 19 2020

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Office life will be different after COVID-19, with desks far apart, Plexiglass barriers and a health warning on handshakes. But the biggest change could be a notable absence of women.

Native Americans fear votes in remote tribal lands could go uncounted

Oct 19 2020

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Colleen Benally, who lives on the Navajo Nation reservation in the American Southwest, spends a lot of time in her car. Her daily commute takes three hours, and it's a 28-mile (45-km) drive to collect mail from the nearest post office.

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