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Today in Squirrel News, the continent of Africa creates the common African Medical Supplies Platform to tackle coronavirus collaboratively, disadvantaged schoolchildren across Lagos are being provided with 300,000 mobile phones to enable e-learning, and we take a look at the Dutch university that is addressing gender imbalance in the maths and sciences by only employing female staff.
African countries unite against COVID-19 with creation of continental online marketplace
By creating the common African Medical Supplies Platform, the costs of accessing test kits, PPE and future vaccines will be lowered whilst ensuring fair play for the more isolated nations.
Source: Global Citizen
Disadvantaged children in Lagos given free phones to enable remote learning
So far the scheme has provided 20,000 children with a smartphone containing an e-learning app, with plans to roll-out to 300,000 in the coming weeks to bridge the city’s digital divide.
Source: The Guardian
Why this technological university is only hiring women
Eindhoven University of Technology exhibited the worst gender imbalance amongst Dutch universities, until they introduced this radical new scheme.
Source: The Guardian
Homosexuality decriminalised in Gabon
Lawmakers in Gabon have reversed the 2019 law that criminalised gay sex, becoming one of the few sub-saharan countries in Africa to do so.
Source: Thomas Reuters Foundation
Supreme court upholds democracy in Africa as Malawi re-runs election
With its “first-past-the-post” system being ditched, the election in Malawi has become a test case for the ability of African courts to tackle vote fraud.
UK citizens’ assembly shows “striking consensus” of importance of green recovery
79% of the citizens’ assembly on climate change backed the idea that the economic recovery from coronavirus should be also aimed at achieving net-zero.
Source: New Scientist
Law passed in Somalia to grant 30% of parliamentary seats to women
Representation of women in power and leadership positions in Somalia was boosted significantly by the approval of the Lower House.
Source: Garowe Online
A fifth of the world’s ocean floor has now been mapped
Seabed 2030, a project launched in 2017 is well under way in its aim of mapping the full surface area of the global ocean floor by 2030.
Endangered smoky mouse resurfaces after fears bushfires wiped out entire population
As 90% of its habitat was destroyed in Australia’s bushfires, conservationists feared the already endangered species was wiped out.
Source: The New Daily