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BRUSSELS, May 20 (Reuters) – Online sex abuse of children in the European Union has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, the head of EU law enforcement agency Europol said on Monday, warning that more cases could emerge when schools reopen as teachers’ monitoring resumes. Cybercrime has spiked during the epidemic with many people forced to […]

  By Rachel Savage LONDON, May 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Hungary’s parliament voted Tuesday to ban transgender people from changing their gender on identity documents, in a move that LGBT+ advocates said was creating panic among trans people who feared an increase in discrimination and attacks. The legislature voted 133 to 57 to replace the Hungarian […]

  Nadia Murad is a Nobel Peace Laureate, UNODC Goodwill Ambassador, and president of Nadia’s Initiative. Women are often on the frontlines of those most vulnerable during crisis situations. They are targets of gender-based violence (GBV) in war, conflict, economic crises, disasters, pandemics, and in their everyday environments. GBV is a result of systemic inequalities […]

By Sonia Elks LONDON, May 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – As many countries around the world relax their coronavirus lockdown measures, densely-packed cities face particular challenges in enforcing physical distancing rules. Urban residents going out for shopping or daily exercise often struggle to keep the recommended distance apart from others – prompting authorities and traders […]

By Oscar Lopez MEXICO CITY, May 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The number of women killed in Argentina has reached a 10-year high under coronavirus lockdown, a leading rights group said on Monday, with more than 50 femicides in less than two months. Three of those women were murdered in just the last four days, […]

By Nellie Peyton With bars shut, clubs closed and people staying home across the United States, sex workers are struggling to cope in the coronavirus pandemic, bereft both of customers and state support. Experts have estimated there are about a million sex workers in the United States, where prostitution is illegal except in parts of […]

  By Matthew Lavietes NEW YORK, May 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The United States has shed more than 65,000 solar energy jobs in the coronavirus pandemic, industry leaders said on Monday, reversing five years of job growth in a field aimed at reining in climate change. The steep losses were mostly among workers unable […]

  LONDON, May 19 (Reuters) – Climate activists placed more than 2,000 pairs of children’s shoes in neat rows across London’s Trafalgar Square on Monday to demand the British government stop bailing out carbon intensive industries that pollute the environment. In the shadow of Nelson’s Column, Extinction Rebellion activists lined up the shoes across the […]

By Emma Batha LONDON, May 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Somalia’s coronavirus lockdown has led to a huge increase in female genital mutilation (FGM), with circumcisers going door to door offering to cut girls stuck at home during the pandemic, a charity said on Monday. Plan International said the crisis was undermining efforts to eradicate […]

By Caroline Wambui MERU COUNTY, Kenya, May 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – For many farmers in Kenya, a bout of prolonged rain and flooding, as the East African nation has experienced since March, can wipe out a whole season of crops. But for herb grower Silas Mutuma, heavy rains often mean a year of solid […]

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