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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re talking about a teenager helping his sister communicate through a self-developed app, a women-led platform offering support to Turkish women subject to domestic violence, and a menstrual hub delivering menstrual hygiene products as well as education in Philadelphia.
Teenager develops open source app for those with speech impediments
16-year-old Archer has developed a freely accessible app for his sister and others with speech difficulties, providing an alternative to expensive communication apps.
“History’s on our side”: Turkish women fighting femicide
As Turkey quits the Istanbul convention, Gülsüm Kav’s group We Will Stop Femicide is helping keep women alive amid a rise in gender-based violence.
Philadelphia opens first “menstrual hub” offering free products and education
Nya McGlone and Lynette Medley founded the non-profit organisation No More Secrets: Mind, Body, Spirit to provide a safe space to discuss topics surrounding menstruation.
11 US mayors to test pilot reparations programmes for Black residents
In an attempt to deal with their country’s divisive past, mayors of cities such as Los Angeles and Denver will make direct cash payments to Black Americans.
Third gender option to be introduced to US passports
Following moves from countries like India, Pakistan, Nepal and the Netherlands, the US plans to introduce a third gender on its passports, pending a Supreme Court ruling.
130 countries worldwide support move to introduce minimum corporate tax rate
The tax rate of at least 15% could generate a global annual tax revenue of approximately $150 billion. The 130 countries in question are responsible for 90% of the world’s GDP.
Urban Agriculture Program tackles food poverty and natural disasters in Argentina
The city of Rosario turns vacant land into sustainable gardens, providing income and employment to its population whilst inspiring other South American cities to follow suit.
Samburu women empowered through forest management training in Kenya
The forest management plan is developed jointly with the Samburu women, who always operate in groups, can use it sustainably and are to report any illegal activity. They also receive training on how to run small businesses along with financial support.
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Brazil plants eucalyptus trees to provide carbon-neutral beef
To offset its vast emissions, the world’s largest exporter of beef is planting the fast-growing trees on its cattle farms, increasing environmental benefits and sustainable wood production.
Canadiana cities cancel national holiday celebrations to contemplate conflicted past
Citizens are choosing to wear orange shirts in recognition of the ill treatment of Indigenous tribes in the former British colonies, prompting new conversations around the rights of native peoples.
Reasons to be cheerful
Bollywood has its first certified “intimacy coordinator” for film sets
Like the US, Bollywood was shaken up by allegations made as part of the #metoo movement. Aastha Khanna sets ground rules on set in order to ensure the safety of all actors when filming intimate scenes.