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  By Sonia Elks LONDON, May 31 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Zambian climate campaigner Precious Kalombwana was thrilled to take part in an online training workshop with former U.S. Vice President Al Gore. But when she wanted to speak, a shaky internet connection meant no one could hear her. Pandemic moves to virtual events – […]

By Maimunah Mohd Sharif, the executive director of UN-Habitat. For more than a year, cities have been on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. As economic hubs, engines of growth and development and lively crossroads, urban centres are often the first places to be exposed to the virus. The way in which cities respond […]

  By Nita Bhalla NAIROBI, May 31 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Kenya’s president pledged millions of dollars in state funds on Friday to help tackle a surge in gender-based violence during the pandemic, outlining plans to open women’s shelters across the country and improve policing. Uhuru Kenyatta said crime statistics showed cases involving violence against […]

By Sharon Kimathi LONDON, May 28 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – No longer a women’s-only industry, the so-called femtech sector is grabbing the attention of investors betting on a worldwide boom in products and services designed to meet women’s often-neglected healthcare needs. From apps offering expert online medical advice to home fertility testing kits, the global […]

  MELBOURNE, May 28 (Reuters) – Israel Folau is taking legal action against the Queensland Rugby League (QRL) after the governing body refused his registration to play for an amateur club, Australian media reported on Thursday. Dual code international Folau, who was sacked by Rugby Australia (RA) in 2019 for a social media post deemed […]

  A defining characteristic of the way many people live today is persistent online connectedness. Since the introduction of smartphones about 15 years ago, the rapid and broad adoption of these devices has had an impact on people’s behaviour at all hours of the day. Forecasts suggest that the number of smartphone connections in sub-Saharan Africa will reach 678 million […]

  By Christopher Bendana KAMPALA, Uganda, May 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Inspired by a similar diversity policy, Uganda’s government is set to require public agencies to allocate part of their budgets to climate change measures if they want state funding, hailing the move as a big step toward meeting the nation’s green goals. But […]

  Sanda Ojiambo is CEO and Executive Director of the UN Global Compact Houston, we have a problem. Too many companies are pledging they will eliminate their carbon emissions by 2050, without spelling out how they will get there. To the public, this smacks of greenwashing. It is also undermining trust in the many genuine […]

By Kristi Eaton TULSA, Oklahoma, May 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Leading up to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day on May 5, Sutton King and her team at the Urban Indigenous Collective took to Instagram to spread the word about their missing persons project. The New York-based group had created a series of […]

Bheki Mkhwane starring as Njandini in Bopha! at State Theatre. Credit Mpilo Zondi. The South African State Theatre regrets to inform the public that veteran performer Bheki Mkhwane will no longer be part of Bopha’s season -starting from 25 May to 13 June 2021- after being booked off sick for four weeks. The SAST and […]

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