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Emma Batha

UK set to end legal loophole allowing child marriage

Jun 16 2021

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Britain must scrap a legal loophole allowing child marriage "by the back door", lawmakers said ahead of the introduction of a bill in parliament on Wednesday to raise the minimum age to 18.

Plastics tax urged for UK fast fashion brands 'fueling runaway climate change'

Jun 10 2021

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Half of fast fashion items sold by popular British online brands including Boohoo and Missguided are made entirely from non-recycled plastics like polyester, a think-tank said on Friday as it urged the government to slap a tax on such garments.

Sexual abuse 'normalised' in UK schools as boys pester girls for 'nudes'

Jun 10 2021

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sexual harassment and online sexual abuse has become "normalised" in English schools, inspectors said on Tuesday, with some girls contacted by up to 11 boys a night asking for nude or semi-nude images.

Italian court condemned for 'sexist stereotypes' in gang rape case

May 28 2021

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Europe's top rights court criticised an Italian court on Thursday for "revictimising" a woman who said she had been gang raped, accusing it of perpetuating "sexist stereotypes" that could undermine trust in the country's judicial system.

Amazon Flex, Bolt and Ola criticised for failing to ensure minimum wage

May 26 2021

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Gig workers using some of Britain's most popular labour platforms, including Amazon Flex and Uber Eats, often earn less than the minimum wage, researchers said on Tuesday, as they called for stronger protections.

Amazon Flex, Bolt and Ola criticised for failing to ensure minimum wage

May 25 2021

LONDON, May 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Gig workers using some of Britain's most popular labour platforms, including Amazon Flex and Uber Eats, often earn less than the minimum wage, researchers said on Tuesday, as they called for stronger protections.

Drones to digital: Asia, Africa find ways to plug COVID health gaps

May 19 2021

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As COVID-19 strains Pakistan's health system, tens of thousands of women doctors are sitting at home, their talents squandered in a country where millions have no access to medical care.

Lawmaker urges Malta to stop criminalising women who seek abortions

May 12 2021

LONDON, May 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Maltese lawmaker made history on Wednesday by calling for the decriminalisation of abortion in the Mediterranean island, which has one of the world's strictest bans.

Britain passes "life-saving" law on domestic abuse

Apr 29 2021

LONDON, April 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Britain passed "life-saving" domestic abuse legislation on Thursday that campaigners say will protect millions of women, hold more abusers to account and clamp down harder on revenge porn.

Eyes and ears: UK tradespeople trained to spot domestic abuse

Apr 29 2021

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Hundreds of British tradespeople are being trained to spot signs of domestic abuse - from punch holes in doors to broken bathroom locks - during callouts for home repairs under a new initiative.

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