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Zoe Tabary

No documents, no home: 'desperate' Syrian mothers turn to child marriage

Mar 28 2019

WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Millions of Syrian women who have fled the eight-year war are stuck in a "legal limbo", unable to own or reclaim land when they go home, driving some to marry off their underage daughters to acquire property, researchers said on Thursday.

Blockchain potent force but 'no cure-all' for land rights

Mar 26 2019

WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Blockchain can prove a potent force to strengthen people's land rights, but a poor understanding of how the technology works has so far limited its impact, researchers said on Tuesday.

One in three fear losing homes in West and Central Africa, poll finds

Mar 26 2019

WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nearly one in three people living in West and Central Africa fear losing their homes and land in the next five years, according to a survey of 33 countries, making it the region where people feel most insecure about their property.

Millions of women still landless despite global push for equality

Mar 25 2019

WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Millions of women worldwide are still unable to access and own land despite laws recognizing their rights, researchers and campaigners said on Monday as they urged countries to bridge the gap between policy and practice.

Women 'uniquely placed' to inspire climate action, mayors say

Feb 21 2019

PARIS (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Women's untapped communication skills make them "uniquely placed" to explain the damaging impacts of an overheating planet and spur climate action by the public, mayors said on Thursday.

'More prison cell than bedroom': photo series spotlights homes of London's poorest children

Feb 07 2019

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A cot standing next to an overflowing kitchen sink; yellowing moldy walls; a used mattress lying by a washing machine and bags of clothes – these rooms make up the homes of London's poorest children.

Swedes ditch glitzy Xmas ads to guide homeless to shelter

Dec 20 2018

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As freezing temperatures grip the Swedish capital, dozens of downtown billboards have swapped commercial ad content for directions guiding the homeless to their nearest shelter.

The final frontier: who owns the oceans and their hidden treasures?

Dec 03 2018

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ransom-hungry pirates, polar explorers, offshore oil giants - the race for the riches of the world's final frontier is on.

Drones, data and digital tools lauded as new ways to fight human rights abuses

Nov 15 2018

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - From "citizen science" identifying slavery to drones mapping degraded land, technology and data can help create a "search bar for the planet" and detect and fight all manner of human rights abuses, experts told a conference on Thursday.

Land laws worthless without proof of ownership: experts

Nov 15 2018

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Land laws mean nothing unless communities can prove their ownership, researchers said on Thursday, calling for better tools to map the land and stave off conflict over property.

World News

Sri Lankan police hunt 140 people after Easter bombings

Sri Lankan police are trying to track down 140 people believed linked to Islamic State, which claimed responsibility for the Easter Sunday suicide bombings of churches and hotels that killed 253 people, President Maithripala Sirisena said on Friday.