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Diana Baptista is a Data Journalist at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Mexico City. Before joining the Thomson Reuters Foundation Diana was a fact-checking producer at Reuters, and a journalist for Noticias Telemundo and national newspaper Reforma. Diana has a graduate degree in Data Journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
May 24, 2023
Twenty years ago, Kenya did something no other country had done before – it removed the sales tax on period products. The move was supposed to reduce the price of these essential items in a country where two-thirds of women and girls cannot afford them. Kenyan authorities received global praise and dozens of countries followed suit. But results were mixed.
May 24, 2023
More than a quarter of menstruating women and girls around the world - some 500 million people - struggle to manage their periods, often because they cannot afford sanitary pads, according to the World Bank.
Concern about "period poverty" has fueled campaigns globally calling for the end of the so-called tampon tax, which refers to consumption levies such as value-added tax (VAT) that most countries charge on items such as sanitary pads, tampons, panty liners and menstrual cups.
May 24, 2023
Lilian Makau was 17 when she started having sex with an older man in her neighbourhood in Kenya in exchange for something she desperately needed but could rarely afford: sanitary pads.
Within months, she was pregnant and had to quit school to look after the baby, her dreams of becoming a doctor shattered.
"It's the issue of pads that got me into this mess," Makau, now 20, told Context.
May 19, 2023
Flood insurance is costing ever more, forcing many Americans - not just those considered most under threat - to make hard choices or drop coverage and risk losing their home to wild weather.
Climate change is bringing more frequent and intense storms and flooding, making insurers skittish about covering losses for events that are now almost routine in parts of the country.
May 11, 2023
Homeowner Tommy Becnel has never had a flood claim on his house in the hurricane-prone U.S. state of Louisiana, but his annual insurance premium is still set to rise 10-fold, to nearly $7,000, in the years ahead.
He is among thousands of homeowners facing steep flood insurance cost hikes after an overhaul in flood risk ratings by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), partly to factor in more extreme weather linked to climate change.
May 01, 2023
In an industry awash with mass-produced fast fashion, Regina Soto is bucking the trend by designing high-quality, long-lasting clothes that do not end up as trash after a few months.
Soto, 33, is senior design manager at Someone Somewhere, the first Mexican manufacturing firm to obtain a "Climate Neutral" certification for reducing carbon emissions throughout its entire value chain and aiming to cut them to zero.
February 27, 2023
It takes painstaking leg work - grieving mothers knocking door to door with photos and bereft wives scouring mass graves for clues. Now victims of Mexico's missing persons crisis can also use technology to track down their loved ones.
From chatbots to mass texts, social media to online guides, tech has transformed the painful hunt that thousands of Mexicans must undertake to find a ransomed relative.
Or unearth their corpse.
February 08, 2023
The mental health of American teenagers, especially girls, has got worse in the years since apps including Instagram and Snapchat took off. But while many teens, parents and teachers feel sure of a link, academic research is far less conclusive.
Between 2011 and 2021, the number of people aged 12 to 17 with major depressive episodes in which they had trouble sleeping, eating or with their self-worth increased 149%, with girls particularly affected, according to data by the U.S. National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
December 23, 2022
With traditional Christmas dinner costing almost twice as much as 2021's festive spread, María Magdalena Luna has decided to forgo turkey and the usual glut of gifts for family this year.
After months of enduring the highest levels of inflation in two decades, Latin American households like Luna’s are bracing for a prohibitively expensive Christmas.
November 02, 2022
Weighed down with four liters of water, Mexican Alfredo Cázares embarked on a risky, illegal journey across the U.S. border and into the sweltering Arizona desert beyond.
The construction worker was able to withstand the thirst during the two-day trip, but most of the others in his 15-person group became too dehydrated to keep walking.