Iceland’s Plans to Close the Gender Wage Gap by 2022

Iceland’s prime minister Bjarni Benediktsson has announced legislation to make equal pay mandatory in the country – regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or nationality. He made the announcement in New York on 8 March, International Women’s Day. The law would require all companies with more than 25 employees to prove that equal pay policies …

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The Forest that Combats Pollution

The first project of its kind in Asia, towers covered in thousands of plants and trees are under construction in China. The architect wants to build more across Chinese cities to help offset pollution. Work is under way on a ‘vertical forest’ in eastern China: two towers that will be covered in 1,100 trees and …

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Gangubai’s story of illiteracy

Gangubai lives alone. Her husband died many years ago. However, for the past year, Gangubai has been picking up chocolate wrappers and discarded news paper she finds in her village. At home, she pores over her pile of scraps, trying to read the words written on them. Whenever they prove too difficult, she goes to a …

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Teaching gender equality in India

A creative education is challenging gender stereotypes in India, from picking apart pop songs to girls walking down the street. Could starting at a younger age break down some of the ingrained attitudes in society? “I became so frustrated with the normalisation of gender injustice,” says Gulika Reddy, a 27-year-old human rights lawyer. Pacing the …

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Five Ways to Repair a Broken Self Esteem

Hi! Well this is exciting! So after posting lots and lots of news stories, I thought I might post about some self help tips and tricks to really pick yourself up. Now is the time to really appreciate the new season, and I thought everyone would like a few tips to inject some "spring" in …

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Rescue Breeds are the only Breeds in San Francisco

San Francisco has recently passed a law enforcing all pet shop owners to only sell rescue dogs and cats. Most animal lovers are horrified at the thought of keeping their beloved family pet in a cage for a second — let alone a week, month or even years. Which is why is why this new …

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Iowa is devoting 1,000 acres of land to save honeybees

Honeybees. The dying race. Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is a phenomenon first noticed in the USA whereby entire colonies of bees simply died out thanks to hitherto unexplained circumstances. It is also put forward as a possible cause but is dismissed by those in the know. One theory that does hold some water is the …

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