Scotland is making history as the first country to make sanitary products free for all women with the passage of The Period Products Scotland Bill. "These are not luxury items. They are indeed essential and no one in Scotland should have to go without period products," lawmaker Monica Lennon says.
Artists, researchers and advocates are partnering on the launch of Story at Scale, a free resource to help creators ensure their projects meet a more inclusive standard. The initiative focuses on gender and presents an opportunity for advocates to present their issues effectively. Read more.
A can-do attitude shared by leaders in northwest Arkansas was one of the reasons Caryl Stern decided to accept her position as executive director of the Walton Family Foundation based in Bentonville, she said. Communities tend to think change has to come at the expense of traditions and values, but leaders in the region think otherwise, she said.
Stone Soup PDX is tackling homelessness in Portland, Ore., through a for-profit restaurant that incorporates a nonprofit skills-training program that prepares people for jobs in hospitality and then works with local restaurants to help them secure employment. "We are taking that willing workforce and training them for a career where we know there are open jobs so that we can give people a little bit of safe self-sustainability and the tools to dig themselves out of poverty," says co-founder Craig Gerard.
The University of Baltimore is receiving $5 million from GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons. The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation will donate $1 million per year over five years to cover tuition gaps for about 250 community college graduates and military veterans receiving Pell Grants.
The Montana Tech Foundation, an organization that supports improvements at Montana Tech, recently completed a six-year capital campaign that generated $40 million. "What we really learned going through this campaign was that our family and friends have a culture of passion for the institution, and for giving back," says foundation President Joe McClafferty.
Members of the United Nations Security Council voted unanimously on Monday to issue a statement reiterating UN support for a "negotiated two-state solution, recalling previous relevant U.N. resolutions, and in accordance with international law, where two democratic states, Israel and Palestine, live side by side in peace within secure and recognized borders." The statement urged all parties to avoid actions that would undermine peace in the region.
Countries around the world need to develop and implement plans to deal with coronavirus outbreaks as new cases and outbreaks of the disease continue to be reported, the World Health Organization said this week. The WHO has promised to send experts to Algeria, where the country's first case was confirmed this week, to support health teams.
The number of people in Africa facing poverty or hunger has been increasing since 2013 and governments must commit to greater action to improve the lives of their citizens, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said this week at a forum on sustainable development. The deputy UN chief also voiced concerns about gender and income inequality and youth unemployment.
Global progress made on women's rights and gender equality faces real threats from the resurgence of discrimination, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet warned the Human Rights Council this week. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres echoed Bachelet's warning, noting an increase in femicides, growing aggression toward women's rights defenders and the persistence of laws that exclude and subjugate women.