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Plight of Lebanon's migrant maids spurs coronavirus repatriation push

28 May 2020

AMMAN (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Foreign governments are scrambling to organise repatriation flights for thousands of migrant domestic workers stranded in Lebanon due to the coronavirus lockdown following an outcry over their treatment and at least one suicide.

Philippines investigates suicide of a maid at embassy shelter in Lebanon

24 May 2020

AMMAN (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Philippine government is investigating the suicide of a maid who died on Sunday after an incident at a shelter run by its embassy in Beirut for Filipino workers waiting to return home after losing their jobs in the coronavirus pandemic.

Plight of Filipino maids in Lebanon raises concerns over stranded workers

20 May 2020

AMMAN (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The fate of about 26 Filipino women housed in a crowded shelter under the care of the Philippine Embassy in Beirut has highlighted the plight of foreign workers in Lebanon struggling to return home after losing jobs, human rights groups said.

Iraq's stalled domestic violence bill may be revived by new government

18 May 2020

AMMAN, May 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Fears of increased domestic violence during Iraq's coronavirus lockdown will spur the new government to push through long-stalled legislation to protect victims, the head of the cabinet's women's rights department said on Monday.

Coronavirus seen delaying justice for Iraqi women displaced by war

11 May 2020

AMMAN (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Hundreds of thousands of vulnerable Iraqi women forced to flee their homes during war have still not been able to return and now face even longer delays due to the coronavirus pandemic, researchers warned on Monday.

Top Egyptian actor goes public about trans son

04 May 2020

AMMAN (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A well-known Egyptian actor has spoken on television about having a 26-year-old transgender son, in a rare public show of support for LBGT+ rights in the conservative Muslim country.

Top Egyptian actor goes public about trans son

04 May 2020

AMMAN, May 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A well-known Egyptian actor has spoken on television about having a 26-year-old transgender son, in a rare public show of support for LBGT+ rights in the conservative Muslim country.

'Emergency' for millions as coronavirus severs remittance lifeline

01 May 2020

ROME/AMMAN (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Fathy called his family back home in Egypt a week ago, they asked him to send money, as he had for the past year. But he had none, having lost his job as a car painter in the United Arab Emirates in March, when a coronavirus lockdown was introduced.

FEATURE-'Emergency' for millions as coronavirus severs remittance lifeline

01 May 2020

ROME/AMMAN, May 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Fathy called his family back home in Egypt a week ago, they asked him to send money, as he had for the past year. But he had none, having lost his job as a car painter in the United Arab Emirates in March, when a coronavirus lockdown was introduced.

Calls in Egypt for censored social media after arrests of TikTok star, belly dancer

28 Apr 2020

AMMAN (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Egyptian lawmakers have called for stricter surveillance of women on video sharing apps after the arrests of a popular social media influencer and a well-known belly dancer on charges of debauchery and inciting immorality.

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