Good News From Around The World – As COVID-19 has affected all aspects of life around the world, it dominates news cycles and takes up a lot of our attention and energy. The crisis has also shed more light on existing and growing gender inequalities, such as the unequal sharing of unpaid care work in our homes and domestic violence. While these urgent needs remain at the forefront of our thoughts and actions, today we want to take a moment to celebrate some of the milestones we accomplished in the summer of 2020.
Join us in celebrating some of the highlights of gender equality and women’s rights that you may have missed in recent months.
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In May, the Government of Sudan approved an amendment to the criminal law banning the practice of FGM.
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Good news! Sudan has legalized female genital mutilation, making it punishable by prison terms. This marks a step closer to an equal world for all. v @BBCNews #GenerationEqualityhttps://t.co/CHReh4lJFD— UN Women (@UN_Women) May 1, 2020
Anyone who performs FGM, whether in a medical facility or outside, faces up to three years in prison and a fine.
In June, the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of civil rights legislation to protect gay and transgender workers from discrimination.
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The decision said the original Civil Rights Act of 1964, which banned discrimination based on sex, also applies to discrimination based on gender and sexual identity.
Although New Zealand’s existing law guaranteeing that women and men are paid the same for equal work dates back to 1972, this year’s wage reform bill focuses on pay equity and tackles some of the persistent causes of the gender pay gap men: low pay and insufficient value. of industries dominated by women.
#ICYMI: New Zealand Parliament unanimously passes the #EqualPay Amendment Act, which ensures workers are not paid less because of their gender. 👏👏 via @GlblCtznhttps://t.co/K0QYAHJ7EP— UN Women (@UN_Women) August 16, 2020
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The law, passed in July 2020, will ensure that women and men are paid equally for work of different but equal value, including in industries long dominated by women. The new law makes it easier for employees to file complaints about pay inequality and sets guidelines for comparing pay in areas with similar skills and roles.
Traffic lights in Mumbai have been changed with the addition of a female figure instead of the usual male figure.
Here’s #GoodNews! 🚦 Mumbai is changing some of its traffic lights to include gender. 🚦 via @CNNStylehttps://t.co/6vCHS6i2ut — UN Women (@UN_Women) August 6, 2020
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The new, more inclusive lights aim to challenge public attitudes, draw attention to the exclusion of women for conscience, and promote the representation of women in all public spheres.
The Fortune 500, a ranking of America’s largest companies, hit a new record for female CEOs in 2020, with 37 of those companies led by women, compared to 33 last year.
The new level of female leaders marks a continuing trend of more female CEOs, and while this still represents less than 10% of female leadership in the Fortune 500, it’s a trend we want to celebrate and accelerate, because 20 years ago, there were only two female CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.
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Costa Rica has become the first country in Central America and the sixth in all of South America to legalize same-sex marriage.
The Constitutional Court had already ruled in favor of marriage equality in 2018, and the ban was officially lifted 18 months later in May 2020. Two lines crossed forming an “X”. Indicates a way to close the interaction or remove the notification.
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“A species of giant tortoise thought to have been extinct for over 100 years has been discovered in the Galapagos Islands”. Courtesy of The Happy Broadcast
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There have been upsetting headlines in 2019. But artist Mauro Gatti wants to highlight the positive developments in this year, which is often overshadowed by tragedy and negativity.
“We are often faced with shocking and panic-inducing headlines that make us feel like the world is falling apart,” he said. “However, while it is important to report problems and issues, I believe there is much good in this world that needs to be found and promoted just as widely.”
Gatti created The Happy Broadcast to show “carefree” good news from around the world that happened in the last year. He regularly enlists other artists to express his messages of hope.
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Here are 10 positive news stories that can help you feel more optimistic about 2020. Gatti’s comments have been condensed and edited for clarity.
A 73-year-old Florida man has donated 100 gallons of blood and platelets over 43 years, saving hundreds of lives.
“The power of one man! A Florida man saved 864 lives after donating 100 pints of blood for 43 years.” Courtesy of The Happy Broadcast
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“We need to recognize and be inspired by how one person’s action can contribute to change.
Since 1976, 73-year-old James Michelini has donated blood and platelets every second Wednesday. After 43 years, he has made his original goal of 10 gallons ten times.
Each pint of platelets donated can save one life, while each pint of blood has the potential to save up to three lives. This equates to over 800 lives saved by the 100 gallons that Michelini provided.”
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“A living member of the turtle species, which has not been seen for more than 110 years and is feared to be extinct, has been found in a remote part of the Galápagos island of Fernandina.
A mature female Chelonoidis phantasticus, also known as the Fernandina giant tortoise, was spotted by a joint expedition from Galapagos National Park and the Galapagos Conservancy in the US.
The only other living member of the species was found in 1906. Since then, expeditions have encountered turtle droppings and bite marks on cacti, and there was a possible unconfirmed sighting in 2009. This discovery was the first confirmed and possibly occurring. obtaining more members of the species increased the probability of reproduction.”
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“Suicide rate among LGBT+ community in Sweden and Denmark drops by 46% after legalization of same-sex marriage”. Courtesy of The Happy Broadcast
“LGBT+ youth are at least three times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers, according to 35 studies from 10 countries compiled by researchers in 2018.
The advent of gay marriage reduced suicide rates among gay and lesbian men in Sweden and Denmark, who accepted early marriage. Over the two periods compared, from 2003 to 2016 and 1989 to 2002, the researchers found that suicides fell by 46 percent among people in same-sex unions.
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Students in Milan move in with elderly residents to save money on rent and provide companionship to an aging population.
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“The city of Milan launched [the Adopt a Student program.” Students move in with older people to save money and help the elderly fight loneliness.” Courtesy of The Happy Broadcast
“Milan is the most expensive city in Italy and one of the most expensive in Europe. With its seven universities, it has a population of 180,000 students, of which 65,000 are from outside the city. Milan has 314,000 elderly people, most of them women, who live in homes that have become too big for them and are also very expensive to manage while living on pensions.
In the 15 years of providing Adpt a Student, the MeglioMilano association has arranged approximately 600 living quarters. The average age of the host is 79 years; in 76% of cases, the host is a woman who lives in the apartment she owns.
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Project manager Monica Bergamasco says it was born out of two problems: an aging population with a growing number of seniors living alone, and taxes rising beyond the means of students.
People around the world are helping koalas injured in the Australian bushfires by sending handmade coins to animal hospitals.
“After the fires in Australia, people all over the world made small koala coins with burned feet and raised almost $2 million to help.” Courtesy of The Happy Broadcast
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“Many bushfires have ravaged Australia, affecting both residents and wildlife. As a result of the fires, wildlife hospitals have seen an influx of animals and are struggling to keep up with demand.
Many of these rescued koalas are now being treated for skin burns