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K. Sophie Will

U.N. awards Cyndi Lauper first social justice prize for LGBT+ work

Nov 27 2019

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - U.S. singer Cyndi Lauper, who is set to win the United Nations' new social justice award, said on Wednesday that her drive to end LGBT+ homelessness began in support of family and friends.

Extinction Rebellion aims to turn up political heat with hunger strikes

Nov 21 2019

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Extinction Rebellion activists pressing for more rapid action on climate change threats on Wednesday entered a third day of a week-long hunger strikes in 27 countries.

The F-word is back as most young UK women identify as feminists

Nov 18 2019

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The majority of young women in England and Wales now identify as feminists, according to a study on Tuesday, with researchers attributing a rise in the past year to the #MeToo movement and the failure to stop discrimination at work.

California wildfires spark interest in DIY home protection

Nov 07 2019

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As the U.S. state of California struggles through a wildfire season that has forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee and burned hundreds of homes, researchers are seeking ways to protect buildings including by wrapping them in "fire blankets".

'Wave of hope' to end FGM in Ethiopia as activist pioneer dies

Nov 07 2019

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ethiopia's Bogaletch Gebre - feted for almost eradicating female genital mutilation in her home region - has died, her charity said on Wednesday, as activists vowed to push on with her work.

Here's a trick: Recycle that pumpkin and cut Halloween waste

Oct 31 2019

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When the sugar rush has faded, the candle in the pumpkin has burned out and the costume-clad trick-or-treaters are again back home, what do you do with the Halloween leftovers?

John Legend updates 'Baby It's Cold Outside' to remove date rape lines

Oct 29 2019

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - American singer-songwriter John Legend has revamped the 75-year-old classic "Baby It's Cold Outside" for the #MeToo era, after it was banned last year as critics said it encouraged date rape.

Expert Views: UK truck deaths cast spotlight on global trade in humans

Oct 29 2019

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The discovery of 39 bodies in a truck in London last week cast a spotlight on the global trade in human beings and sparked debate about Britain's approach to tackling smugglers and traffickers.

Philippines bamboo entrepreneur digs in on poverty and climate threats

Oct 25 2019

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Mark Sultan Gersava grew up in poverty, one of 12 children of a slash-and-burn subsistence farmer in the Philippines province of Sultan Kudarat.

Spreading human rights around the world, one AI at a time?

Oct 25 2019

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - British billionaire Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Atlantic Airways and a campaigner for LGBT+ rights, cannot be in all places at all times.

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