The Daily Populous

Monday October 11st, 2021 evening edition

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President Jair Bolsonaro’s decision to block a plan to distribute free sanitary pads and tampons to disadvantaged girls and women has been met with outrage in Brazil, where period poverty is estimated to keep one in four girls out of school.

Bolsonaro vetoed part of a bill that would have given sanitary products at no charge to groups including homeless people, prisoners and teenage girls at state schools.

It was expected to benefit 5.6 million women and was part of a bigger package of laws to promote menstrual health, which has been approved by legislators.

“Bolsonaro says this project is ‘against the public interest’ – I say that what is against the public interest is that girls lose around six weeks of school a year because they are menstruating,” Amaral told the Guardian.

She was among politicians and other groups outraged by justifications given for the veto – including that giving free sanitary products to poor girls and women would “favour a certain group”.

“The veto is absurd and inhumane,” said Rozana Barroso, president of the Brazilian Union of Secondary Students (UBES).

“Many students are prevented from studying because they stop attending school due to not having a sanitary pad. »

Drug treatment for Lyme disease could lead to its eradication

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The discovery that a chemical is deadly to the bacterium that causes Lyme disease but harmless to animals might allow the disease to be eradicated in the wild.

Lyme disease is caused by a bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi that lurks in wild mice.

Vaccines against Lyme disease are also being developed, but eradicating the disease would be an even better option. »

Biden officials have reunited only 52 of at least 1,000 separated migrant families, a task they say is almost impossible because of Trump

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Michelle Brane said 52 families had been reunited, a tiny share of the 1,000 or so still separated.

A task force set up by the Biden administration has managed to reunite only 52 families who were separated by the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" border policy, "60 Minutes" reported.

In a June 2021 update, the task force said at least 3,913 children had been separated under the policy. »

Lego to remove gender bias from its toys after findings of child survey

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Lego has announced it will work to remove gender stereotypes from its toys after a global survey the company commissioned found attitudes to play and future careers remain unequal and restrictive.

Since the start of 2021, the Geena Davis Institute has been auditing Lego and consulting to “address gender bias and harmful stereotypes”, and the company has promised to remove gender bias from its lines.

The recent Lego Con showcased female designers talking about the work they did, while Lego’s Rebuild the World campaign focuses on girls. »