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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re talking about Britain’s initiative to support women with menopause in the workplace, a campaign raising awareness of breast cancer for a generation of young women, and preserving Kenya’s mangroves whilst simultaneously empowering female entrepreneurs through a microcredit model.
Britain is pioneering the menopause-friendly workplace
Spearheaded by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, initiatives and policies such as paid leave and menopause training for both men and women are being introduced into British businesses.
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CoppaFeel charity raises breast cancer awareness amongst young women
When she was told she had stage four breast cancer in 2009, Kris Hallenga didn’t even know it could be a danger at her age. Then she started a campaign to save thousands of lives.
Microcredit scheme for female entrepreneurs conserves mangroves in Kenya
A community project on the Lamu archipelago is training women to help protect this vital ecosystem, providing small business loans in return.
G7 pledges to end investment in coal power stations in 2021
Canada, Germany, Japan, France, Italy, the United States and United Kingdom commit to not only abandoning coal investments, but also to preserving 30% of the land and sea’s biodiversity.
Nonprofit biotech company commits to treat neglected diseases
Without shareholders or investors, DRIVE’s business model relies on a mixture of major market medicine and otherwise less treated diseases along with donations to remain independent.
The New York Times
Disneyland Paris to build 30 megawatt solar plant to power its park
The park aims to fully decarbonise its energy supply through one of Europe’s largest solar canopies, producing over 31 gigawatt hours per year.
Online community supports and empowers female entrepreneurs
Female business owners only receive 2% of venture capital. The innovative HUB WEgate provides necessary capital along with respective consulting to female founders.
Doctor archives DNA evidence of rape victims for decades in fight for justice
50 years ago there was neither much willingness among authorities nor infrastructure to conserve evidence of rapes – until Dr. Rudiger Breitenecker pioneered the archiving of DNA evidence.
Two prisoners care for fellow inmates with mental illnesses in pioneering US initiative
In a unique attempt to treat fellow inmates with mental health issues, Craig Armstrong and Adrian Beruman help them establish daily routines in a supportive and compassionate environment.
The Christian Science Monitor
Communities collaborate to ensure each other’s safety in Minneapolis
One year after the murder of George Floyd, block-by-block organising and participatory budgeting are used to address community issues at hand.