Today’s Solutions: January 19, 2022

Politics

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The Philippines bans child marriage to help stop child abuse

According to a report issued last year by the United Nations Children’s Fund, more than half a billion girls and women across the globe were married as children, meaning under the age of majority (18). The areas with the highest rates of child marriage are found in sub-Saharan Africa and South Read More...

Everything you need to know about California’s new composting law

Food waste is a huge problem to tackle, which is why we’ve shared numerous stories with tips on how you can help reduce your own personal food waste. To that end, we’ve suggested that people re-organize their pantry and refrigerator, download apps that connect consumers with grocery items that Read More...

Britain to wipe past conviction of consensual same-sex activity

In a news release published earlier last week, the British Home Office announced that any individual who has been convicted of consensual same-sex sexual activity under abolished laws in England and Wales will soon be able to have those records wiped. “It is only right that where offenses have Read More...

Belgium's "right to disconnect" protects workers from burnout

In November of last year, we shared a story about how Portugal has made it illegal for employers to contact workers outside of working hours in an effort to encourage a healthier work-life balance. Now, Belgium’s Minister of Civil Service Petra De Sutter has introduced a similar law for the Read More...

Tennessee beauticians are now trained to identify victims of domestic abuse

There’s a new law in Tennessee that harnesses the unique position of beauty professionals to help identify victims of domestic abuse. The new law, which was enforced on the first day of 2022, requires hairstylists and barbers to go through a free training program that will teach them how to Read More...

European cities could see a lot less cars on the roads in the near future

As local governments are finally coming to the realization that prioritizing cycling and walking over driving can tremendously benefit their residents, many are considering implementing permanent policies to tackle car-centric city development. In a bid to accelerate the adoption of such policies, Read More...

Pakistan appoints Justice Ayesha Malik as first female Supreme Court judge

Late last week ruling party members of the Muslim-majority nation of Pakistan announced the appointment of their first female Supreme Court judge. The decision to make 55-year-old Justice Ayesha Malik the first female judge on the Supreme Court since the country’s independence was thanks to Read More...

Canada pledges to compensate First Nations children billions of dollars

Indigenous community advocates in Canada are finally celebrating a historic win—the Canadian government has reached Agreements-in-Principle to financially compensate Indigenous children who suffered discrimination and injustice. On Tuesday, the federal government released a statement that Read More...

Same-sex couples in Israel can now become parents through surrogacy

Last July, Israel’s Supreme Court ruled in favor of lifting the surrogacy ban for same-sex couples. On Tuesday, the country announced that starting next week the ruling will go into effect, finally allowing Israeli same-sex couples to become parents through surrogacy. Before, surrogacy in Read More...

French ban on plastic packaging for most fruit and veg comes into force

A few months ago, we wrote about France’s ambitious plan to phase out single-use plastic packaging. On January 1st, that ban went into effect, paving the way for more sustainable and ethical consumption habits among its citizens. As part of the ban, about 30 varieties of fruit and vegetables, Read More...