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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re talking about a revolutionary new law in Botswana allowing women to become equal landowners alongside their husbands, an update in New Zealand’s inclusion and gender diversity guidelines, and a French initiative to offer free period products in high schools.
Women in Botswana are to be made equal landowners under new law
The amendment to a land act will allow women to be independent in marriages, and is being celebrated as long overdue by rights groups.
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation News
Schools in New Zealand have been advised to use students’ preferred names, genders, and pronouns
For the first time in nearly a decade, inclusion and gender diversity guidelines were updated in order to be in line with modern values.
Free period products will be available in French high schools by the end of October
The initiative aims to reduce levels of period poverty, with 6-12% of young women regularly skipping classes due to a lack of access to basic products.
More Afghan interpreters will be able to resettle in the UK following the expansion of a relocation scheme
Until now, many of those who worked as translators and interpreters for British forces were not protected against backlash from the Taliban.
Source: BBC News
Pope Francis has told a group of parents that God and the church loves and accepts their LGBTQ+ children
By announcing that “the church loves your children as they are because they are children of God”, there is hope for more acceptance of LGBTQ+ communities.
Black employees in Berlin’s tech sector have founded a group to promote diversity
Black in Tech Berlin aims to share ideas on how to bring about change in the industry, in addition to offering networking support.
Source: Africa News
A company in New York is producing a hand sanitiser made from captured CO2
Vodka producer Air Co. uses solar power to separate oxygen and hydrogen molecules, before combining the latter with CO2 sourced from beverage factories.
Source: Tea After Twelve
Khao Yai National Park is posting rubbish back to littering tourists
Visitors to the Thai park have to register their addresses, making it easy for rangers to track them down if they leave rubbish behind.
Source: BBC News
A Germany-based African organisation is supporting trafficking survivors upon their return to Ghana
Maisha offers hope for those trying to rebuild their lives by providing help with networking, knowledge sharing and capacity building.
Source: The African Courier
The Plated Project is using art to feed hungry children in India
All profits from the creative social enterprise go to supporting access to food, with over 175,000 meals sponsored this year.
Source: The Inkline