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Comic artist draws on history for tales of politically powerful women

Nov 08 2018

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A feminist manga-style artist says she will use characters based on an Egyptian pharaoh and a Chinese empress to bring more female empowerment to the male-dominated world of comic books.

Tire manufacturers promise to put the brakes on deforestation

Nov 06 2018

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - E nvironmental groups welcomed an initiative by global tire manufacturers to stop the destruction of forests to make way for rubber plantations, but warned that the industry-backed organization must act independently to be effective.

Indonesian startup uses road safety to drive women's empowerment

Nov 05 2018

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Iim Fahima Jachja cannot operate a vehicle and relies on a driver to get around the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, but that did not stop her from putting road safety at the heart of her women's empowerment startup.

Renewable brew: Indonesian geothermal project energizes women coffee growers

Oct 31 2018

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Coffee farmers in matrilineal villages in a mountainous region of Indonesia are getting assistance from a geothermal energy company, which said it is helping them to grow, roast and find global buyers for their beans.

Kitchen building material could cut urban flooding by half: scientists

Oct 30 2018

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Cities could reduce flooding by constructing sidewalks from an absorbent building material commonly used in household kitchens, scientists have discovered.

FEATURE-Asian ride-hailing apps put the brakes on sexual harassment

Oct 25 2018

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Shocked by the rise in sexual harassment against Indonesian women on public transport, two college students launched a ride-hailing business that only uses women drivers.

'Facebook for disasters' app helped Indonesian neighbors save lives - researchers

Oct 24 2018

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A fledgling social media app that connects neighbors in disaster-prone communities across Indonesia has saved lives and reduced financial losses, researchers said on Wednesday.

Wellington adds water 'islands' as city lifeline after quakes

Oct 18 2018

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Weeks after a powerful 2016 earthquake sent glass and masonry toppling from buildings in New Zealand's capital, work began on how the "lifelines of the city", such as water supplies, could be protected in the event of a similar or bigger disaster.

World's largest rice gene bank secures funding to fight climate change

Oct 15 2018

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The world's largest collection of rice varieties has secured indefinite funding in what officials say will be crucial for the development of seeds resilient to the effects of climate change.

Abandoned by banks, Indonesia's poor farmers turn to crowdfunding

Oct 10 2018

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Indonesian poultry farmer Yohanes Sugihtononugroho faced ruin four years ago when plummeting prices forced him to slaughter all 100,000 of his chickens and shutter his business.

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