Passions: The Queen and us

“British royalty is the symbolic face of Britain, not India” by Onir Onir says that before the British colonized India, women did not change their surnames after marriage. India suffers from a huge colonial hangover. We are obsessed with fair skin. We get excited about the Oscars. The women follow western standards of beauty. All … Read more

INTERVIEW-LGBTQ+ rights ‘going backwards’ around the world, warns UK envoy

By Hugo Greenhalgh LONDON, March 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Gay and transgender rights are receding in some parts of the world, Britain’s first special envoy for LGBT rights has warned, as Hungary implements a law against homosexuals and equality reforms in Singapore and Bermuda are blocked. Hungary recently passed a law banning the … Read more

Malala Yousafzai says educating girls to fight climate change

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Keeping girls in school and taking young climate leaders seriously are key to tackling climate change, Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai said on Friday. Speaking on a virtual panel, Malala, 23, said educating girls and young women, particularly in developing countries, would give them the opportunity to pursue green … Read more

Many people abandon pets when leaving Hong Kong due to COVID rules

At Hong Kong Dog Rescue, Eva Sit gets down on one knee and calls out to the shelter’s newest residents, “friendly and goofy” Cassius and “shy” Roxy, two mongrels abandoned by their migrating owner. The past few weeks have been hectic for Sit and his colleagues, with government data showing that more than 100,000 people … Read more