Deepika Padukone Launches Her Self-Care Brand, 82°E

~ To introduce skincare as its debut category ~

Deepika Padukone

MUMBAI, India, Nov. 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Global Indian icon Deepika Padukone launches her self-care brand, 82°E today. A pioneering advocate of mental, physical and emotional well-being, her brand will offer premium, high-performance products that make the practice of self-care a simple, effective, and enjoyable part of everyday life.

Pronounced Eighty-Two East, the brand name is inspired by the meridian that runs longitudinally through India and defines the standard time of the country. 82°E reflects Deepika Padukone’s journey and experience as a modern woman who is rooted in India but global in her outlook.

The brand will launch with skincare as its inaugural category this month. 82°E’s skincare products are formulated by in-house experts, and each product combines an Indian ingredient with a scientific compound into a powerful formula. 82°E products have been thoughtfully designed to make skincare a delightful ritual.

82°E takes pride in being India’s first celebrity-owned self-care brand that is backed by global institutional venture capitalists. On the occasion of launching her very own self-care brand, Deepika Padukone, Co-founder, 82°E, says: “Wherever I am in the world, practising simple acts of self-care consistently, helps me stay grounded and enables me to feel my most centered. With 82°E, I hope to inspire us all to connect with our truest, most authentic selves through consistent and humble self-care practices. The first step in that direction is our range of skincare products that have been rigorously sourced, carefully crafted, and clinically tested so you can build simple, joyful, and effective everyday rituals to care for the health of your skin.”

The launch of 82°E also marks Padukone’s foray into full-fledged entrepreneurship, expanding her mission to leave behind a distinguished legacy and to inspire people to live authentic lives beyond her professional endeavours as an actor, producer, and mental health advocate.

82°E has ambitions to expand into other categories that support a holistic approach to self-care. To learn more about 82°E’s offerings, please visit

About 82°E:

82°E is on a mission to make the practice of self-care simple, joyful and effective through high-quality and high-performance products. Born in India, for the world, 82°E will launch with a set of skincare products that support the fundamentals of skin health, with ambitions to expand into other categories that support a modern, holistic approach to self-care.

Pronounced Eighty Two East, the brand is inspired by the standard meridian that passes through the India, and reflects Deepika Padukone’s personal and professional journey as a modern Indian woman who is strongly rooted in her homeland, global in her outlook and appeal, and committed to her physical and emotional well-being.

Rigorously sourced, carefully crafted, and clinically tested: 82°E’s skincare line is made with science and spirit. Each of the brand’s products combines time-tested Indian ingredients with powerful scientific compounds to create revolutionary formulas for healthy, radiant skin.

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Constellation Brands to Present at the 2022 Morgan Stanley Global Consumer and Retail Conference on December 6, 2022

VICTOR, N.Y., Nov. 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ), a leading beverage alcohol company, announced today that Garth Hankinson, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will present at the 2022 Morgan Stanley Global Consumer and Retail Conference on Tuesday, December 6, 2022 in New York, NY. The presentation is scheduled to begin at 10:15 a.m. ET and is expected to cover the company’s strategic business initiatives, financial metrics, and operating performance, as well as outlook for the future.

A live, listen-only webcast of the virtual presentation will be available on the company’s investor relations website at under the News & Events section. When the presentation begins, financial information discussed in the presentation, and a reconciliation of reported GAAP financial measures with comparable or non-GAAP financial measures, will also be available on the company’s investor relations website under the Financial History section. For anyone unable to participate in the webcast, a replay will be available on the company’s investor relations website through the close of business on January 11, 2023.


At Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ), our mission is to build brands that people love because we believe sharing a toast, unwinding after a day, celebrating milestones, and helping people connect, are Worth Reaching For. It’s worth our dedication, hard work, and the bold calculated risks we take to deliver more for our consumers, trade partners, shareholders, and communities in which we live and work. It’s what has made us one of the fastest-growing large CPG companies in the U.S. at retail, and it drives our pursuit to deliver what’s next.

Today, we are a leading international producer and marketer of beer, wine, and spirits with operations in the U.S., Mexico, New Zealand, and Italy. Every day, people reach for our high-end, iconic imported beer brands such as Corona Extra, Corona Light, Corona Premier, Modelo Especial, Modelo Negra, and Pacifico, our fine wine and craft spirits brands, including The Prisoner Wine Company, Robert Mondavi Winery, Casa Noble Tequila, and High West Whiskey, and our premium wine brands such as Meiomi, and Kim Crawford.

But we won’t stop here. Our visionary leadership team and passionate employees from barrel room to boardroom are reaching for the next level, to explore the boundaries of the beverage alcohol industry and beyond. Join us in discovering what’s Worth Reaching For.

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Constellation Brands Announces Completion of Previously Announced Elimination of Class B Common Stock

VICTOR, N.Y., Nov. 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ), a leading beverage alcohol company, announced today that it completed the previously announced reclassification transaction and eliminated its Class B Common Stock. Trading in the Class B Common Stock will cease after the markets close today, at which time Constellation’s publicly listed stock will consist solely of Class A Common Stock.

In connection with completing the transaction, the company has deposited for distribution the $64.64 per share cash consideration, or approximately $1.5 billion in aggregate, to holders of Class B Common Stock. Financing for the cash payment was provided through funding of the previously announced delayed draw term loan credit agreement and Constellation’s existing commercial paper program. The interest expense associated with this financing is expected to be $80 – $90 million on an annual basis based on current market rates. Giving effect to the interest expense associated with the financing, the company now expects interest expense for fiscal 2023 to be approximately $390 – $400 million. As part of the delayed draw term loan agreement, Constellation has the right to prepay the borrowing in whole or in part, without premium or penalty, ahead of its three-year maturity date.

In addition, upon completion of the transaction, Robert and Richard Sands, who previously served as Executive Chairman of the Board and Executive Vice Chairman of the Board, respectively, retired from their executive positions with Constellation. As a result of the retirement of Robert and Richard Sands from their executive positions, Constellation expects to realize an estimated $15 – $20 million in pretax annual compensation savings. The company anticipates to initially attain $15 million of these annual savings in fiscal 2024 and to reach the estimated $15 – $20 million in run-rate savings within three years of the reclassification transaction as certain benefits accessible by Robert and Richard Sands are terminated.

Additional details with respect to the reclassification and related matters will be described in filings to be made by Constellation today with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


At Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ), our mission is to build brands that people love because we believe sharing a toast, unwinding after a day, celebrating milestones, and helping people connect, are Worth Reaching For. It’s worth our dedication, hard work, and the bold calculated risks we take to deliver more for our consumers, trade partners, shareholders, and communities in which we live and work. It’s what has made us one of the fastest-growing large CPG companies in the U.S. at retail, and it drives our pursuit to deliver what’s next.

Today, we are a leading international producer and marketer of beer, wine, and spirits with operations in the U.S., Mexico, New Zealand, and Italy. Every day, people reach for our high-end, iconic imported beer brands such as Corona Extra, Corona Light, Corona Premier, Modelo Especial, Modelo Negra, and Pacifico, our fine wine and craft spirits brands, including The Prisoner Wine Company, Robert Mondavi Winery, Casa Noble Tequila, and High West Whiskey, and our premium wine brands such as Meiomi, and Kim Crawford.

But we won’t stop here. Our visionary leadership team and passionate employees from barrel room to boardroom are reaching for the next level, to explore the boundaries of the beverage alcohol industry and beyond. Join us in discovering what’s Worth Reaching For.


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The forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations and should not be construed in any manner as a guarantee that such results will in fact occur. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release and Constellation does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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Industry leaders to speak at Wood Mackenzie’s Grid Edge Innovation Summit 2022

Join executives from Shell Recharge Solutions, Exelon, BMW and General Motors, as event looks at current trends, challenges and drivers shaping the grid edge

LONDON/HOUSTON/SINGAPORE, Nov. 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — With electrification forecast to increase grid demand over the coming decade, the grid edge holds enormous potential to offer homeowners and businesses a financial stake in the energy transition while enabling a more balanced grid.

Join Wood Mackenzie’s analysts and leaders from across the industry to discover how utilities, automakers and distributed energy resource (DER) and software providers in the U.S. are addressing key issues affecting the sector at the Grid Edge Innovation Summit in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S. on December 6-7.

Sessions will include insights on grid modernisation, DER aggregation technologies, as well as transportation and building electrification.

Along with exclusive presentations from Wood Mackenzie experts and a top-tier speaker line-up including representatives from Shell Recharge Solutions, Exelon, BMW and General Motors, the in-person conference provides the opportunity to connect with grid operators, energy service providers and utilities and policymakers, along with professionals specialising in electric vehicles (EV), solar and energy storage.

Key themes on the agenda include:

  • Modernising the grid in a time of massive electrification
  • Ownership models for EV charging infrastructure
  • Deploying infrastructure capital through everything-as-a-service
  • Grid insecurity and customer resilience offerings
  • Decarbonising heat: From heat pumps to district energy
  • Distributed energy resource management systems (DERMS), sensors and artificial intelligence (AI): Advanced monitoring and control solutions for utilities
  • Fragmentation and integrations of EV charging networks
  • The rapidly changing microgrid technology landscape
  • Grid-interactive and efficient buildings
  • Virtual power plants: Project landscape and regulatory outlook

The Grid Edge Innovation Summit will hear from leading experts from across the industry including:

  • Erick Karlen, Director of Policy and Market Development, Shell Recharge Solutions
  • Crystal Stiles, Executive Director, FPL Development, Distributed Technologies and Mobility, Florida Power & Light
  • Sarah Kist, GM, T&D Engineering & Construction, Arizona Public Service (APS)
  • Aimee Bailey, Director of Innovation & Portfolio Management, National Grid Partners
  • Suzanna Mora, Director, Federal Policy and Agency Relations, Exelon
  • Sterling Clifford, Manager, Government Affairs, Sunnova
  • Kathy Knoop, Manager, EV Stakeholder Solutions, General Motors
  • Adam Langton, Energy Services Manager, BMW of North America, LLC
  • Jeff Dennis, General Counsel and Managing Director, Advanced Energy Economy
  • Melissa Chan, Director of Grid Solutions and Strategic Partnerships, Fermata Energy
  • Ken Schisler, Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, CPower Energy Management
  • Mark Martyak, Chief Sales Officer, Distributed Infrastructure, PowerSecure
  • Martin Milani, CEO, Sunverge Energy
  • Nicholas Smallwood, SVP, Products, Procurement, & Strategic Development, Sunrun
  • Trudie Wang, VP of Product, Heila Technologies
  • Giri Iyer, Vice President, Business Development, Sentient Energy, a KES Company
  • Mark Danzenbaker, CEO, GridPoint

To reserve your place at Wood Mackenzie’s Grid Edge Innovation Summit or for further information, please click on this link.

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Vision Energy & Linde Engineering Sign Cooperation Agreement

JERSEY CITY, N.J., Nov. 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Vision Energy Corporation (OTCQB:VIHDD) (“Vision Energy” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce it has entered into a cooperation agreement with Linde Engineering to accelerate engineering efforts for the Company’s pioneering Green Energy Terminal in North Sea Port of Vlissingen, the Netherlands.

Vision Energy, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Evolution Terminals BV, has partnered with Linde Engineering, to deliver preliminary Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED) services to the project for Phase 1 of Vision Energy’s Green Energy Terminal. Scope includes design and engineering of 150,000 cubic meters (CBM) of Green Ammonia (NH3) storage, truck and barge loading facilities, ship loading and unloading facilities, and utilities, infrastructure and buildings.

Engineering efforts under the agreement have commenced and are anticipated to conclude in April 2023 in support of the Company’s target to reach Final Investment Decision (FID) by Q3 2023.

Vision Energy is in the advanced stages of planning for the construction and delivery of Northwestern Europe’s first import, storage and handling terminal designed exclusively for hydrogen carriers, renewable energy products and low-carbon fuels. The Company is scheduled to file all remaining environmental and construction permits by December 2022. Total capacity under Phase 1 is for up to 400,000 CBM including 150,000 CBM allocated to Green Ammonia, 180,000 CBM allocated to Renewable Methanol and 70,000 CBM allocated to Biofuels.

“Our cooperation with Linde Engineering marks a critical milestone in our development, to deliver this world-class project with the vast global expertise Linde possesses,” said Andrew Hromyk, CEO. “Our Green Energy Terminal Project will accelerate and advance the energy transition and facilitate Northwestern Europe’s ambition to achieve Net Zero through carbon-abatement and adoption of hydrogen as a core feedstock and fuel.”

“We are proud to work with Vision Energy on the sustainable development of this ammonia terminal, leveraging our extensive EPC expertise and clean energy technology to enable the green hydrogen economy,” said John van der Velden, Senior Vice President Global Sales & Technology at Linde Engineering.

About Linde

Linde is a leading global industrial gases and engineering company with 2021 sales of $31 billion (€26 billion). We live our mission of making our world more productive every day by providing high-quality solutions, technologies and services which are making our customers more successful and helping to sustain and protect our planet.

The company serves a variety of end markets including chemicals & energy, food & beverage, electronics, healthcare, manufacturing, metals and mining. Linde’s industrial gases are used in countless applications, from life-saving oxygen for hospitals to high-purity & specialty gases for electronics manufacturing, hydrogen for clean fuels and much more. Linde also delivers state-of-the-art gas processing solutions to support customer expansion, efficiency improvements and emissions reductions.

About Vision Energy
Vision Energy is an integrated energy company developing assets and solutions for the commercial, industrial and transportation sectors. Leveraging its proven track-record in site and asset procurement, accelerating development and permitting processes, plant design, and grid integration to facilitate low-carbon energy production, supply and distribution. The Company pursues reliable offtake relationships and operating partnerships with energy industry participants and end users seeking carbon abatements across feedstock and fuels. Vision Energy is committed to providing low carbon energy solutions with the highest yield, and where possible, projects are designed to leverage existing gas and power infrastructure to integrate and facilitate import and or distribution of reduced-carbon energy to domestic and global supply chains.

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EV Technology Group Engages Leading Design and Engineering Consultancy Callum to Define the Future of Premium Electric Vehicles



  • EV Technology Group (OTCQB: EVTGF, NEO: EVTG, DE: B96A) has entered a partnership with CALLUM, led by legendary designer Ian Callum to scope the future of EV Technology Group’s electric vehicles within its ‘House of Brands’
  • CALLUM will conduct research and ideation to help EV Technology Group develop its portfolio of brands and innovative premium electric vehicles
  • The EV Technology Group electrifies iconic brands, with a mission to create and redefine the joy of motoring for the electric age

TORONTO, Nov. 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — EV Technology Group Ltd. (the “Company” or “EV Technology Group”`) (OTCQB: EVTGF, NEO: EVTG, DE: B96A) announces today that it has appointed leading UK-based design and engineering consultancy CALLUM to create future premium electric vehicles designs within the Company’s house of brands.

CALLUM, co-founded by legendary designer Ian Callum, will be responsible for a research and development project for future electric vehicle designs within the EV Technology Group brand portfolio. EV Technology Group has recently acquired Marazzi, Fantuzzi, Brewster & Co and Officine Stampaggi Industriali and signed a definitive agreement to acquire MOKE International Limited, official producer of MOKE vehicles since it acquired the original 1964 trademark. The Company will continue to expand with further iconic brands that will help to fulfil the mission of bringing back the joy of motoring in an electric age by assisting their transition to electrification.

CALLUM and its growing team of designers and engineers has the ability to offer everything from research and concept design, vehicle engineering and development, down to the finer details such as leather trimming, additive manufacturing and sustainable materials.

Wouter Witvoet, CEO EV Technology Group “As EV Technology Group builds a house of brands with such iconic marques, it’s essential that we establish the right pillars, the right templates and harness world class strategies at an early stage. I am delighted that a renowned industry leader such as CALLUM will direct us and assist us as we prepare for future growth. We are already seeing great results, and this could lead to participating in many future projects.”

Mark Stubbs, Head of Design Electric Vehicle Technology Group “Striking and sophisticated design will be one of the key attributes of EV Technology Group’s vehicles going forwards, which is why is such a pleasure to be working with Ian Callum and his talented team at CALLUM. They are already offering us some hugely creative design solutions for future lightweight electric vehicles, based on EV Technology Groups’ technologies, and giving us excellent insights as we begin to create our house of brands and an array of game-changing future EVs.”

Ian Callum CBE Design Director, CALLUM “At CALLUM our mission is to create design stories that stir the imagination. The sheer scale of the ambition of EV Technology Group and its mission to reinvent iconic brands is brimming with potential to do just that. There’s nothing a creative team likes more than limitless possibilities. We will progress each design language so that these brands remain captivating and relevant for an electrified world.”

David Fairbairn, Director, CALLUM “EV Technology Group wanted a design partner that didn’t just present a deck of pretty renders. Creative ideas also need engineering substance to streamline the early stages of development and get them to commercialisation faster. We expect CALLUM’s combined team of designers and engineers to integrate seamlessly with the talent at EV Technology Group, grasping their challenges but also exploiting the opportunities these brands offer.”

About EV Technology Group

EV Technology Group was founded in 2021 with a vision of electrifying iconic brands –and a mission of redefining the joy of motoring for the electric age. By acquiring iconic brands and bringing beloved motoring experiences to the electric age, EV Technology Group is driving the EV revolution forward. Backed by a diversified team of passionate entrepreneurs, engineers and driving enthusiasts, EV Technology Group creates value for its customers by owning the total customer experience — acquiring and partnering with iconic brands with significant growth potential in unique markets and controlling end-to-end capabilities. To learn more visit:


CALLUM is a design and engineering business creating bespoke and limited-edition products. CALLUM is focused on design, lifestyle and travel, taking on projects that intrigue, excite and tell a story. It is a collaboration of talented individuals with experience across art, audio, automotive, fashion and motorsport brands. 
Nimble and agile, CALLUM produces exquisite design supported by quality execution, with its 30,000 sq. ft Warwick facility housing the latest technology to deliver design, prototyping, machining and trim services. 
Amongst its founding members is British designer Ian Callum CBE, admired for his prolific automotive work, which includes the Aston Martin Vanquish, Vantage and DB9, Jaguar F-Type, F-PACE, XJ and, most recently, the World Car of the Year Award-winning I-PACE, amongst others.


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EV Technology Group

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CEO and Chairman of the Board

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Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance, or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the Forward-looking Statements, including those factors discussed under “Risk Factors” in the filing statement, annual information form and base shelf prospectus of the Company. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events, or results to differ materially from those described in Forward-looking Statements, there may be other factors that cause actions, events, or results to differ from those anticipated, estimated or intended.

Forward-looking statements involve significant risk, uncertainties, and assumptions. Many factors could cause actual results, performance, or achievements to differ materially from the results discussed or implied in the forward-looking statements. These factors should be considered carefully, and readers should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements. Although the forward-looking statements contained in this news release are based upon what management believes to be reasonable assumptions, the Company cannot assure readers that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained herein are made as of the date hereof and the Company disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether because of new information, future events, or results or otherwise, except where required by law. There can be no assurance that these forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

All information contained in this press release with respect to EV Technology Group and CALLUM was supplied by the parties respectively for inclusion herein, and each party and its directors and officers have relied entirely on the other parties for any information concerning the other party. EV Technology Group has not conducted due diligence on the information provided by CALLUM and does not assume any responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of such information.


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WeWorld Index 2022 – Women and Children Breaking Barriers to Build the Future

(New York, NY). An annual report published by ChildFund member WeWorld finds a world that is still profoundly unequal, where 1 in 2 children and more than 1 in 3 women live in countries where they experience different forms of exclusion. Such low levels of inclusion—from an economic, social and fundamental rights point of view are among the main findings of WeWorld Index 2022 – Women and Children Breaking Barriers to Build the Future.


WeWorld has been defending the rights of women and children in 27 countries, including Italy, for the past 50 years, and has been publishing the Index since 2015. This year’s report, measuring the level of inclusion of women and children in nearly 170 countries, is now a flagship product of ChildFund Alliance: a global network of 11 child-focused development and humanitarian organizations working to create opportunities for children and youth, their families and their communities.


Inclusion affects multiple spheres of life: from access to education, health services, and living in safe places, to equal rights in social participation—from access to public services to the ability to fully and freely express one’s personality. The annual Index identifies four building blocks for asserting and exercising the rights of women and children—health, education, the economy, and society. All are inextricably linked to the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda—a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to be a blueprint for achieving a better and more sustainable future for all.


The Index includes all countries with a population of more than 200,000 with available data. It groups together 30 indicators related to the building blocks that are essential for the implementation of women’s and children’s rights. Regrettably, as this year’s report highlights, the world is not on target to achieve the SDGs, and progress toward improving the lives of the world’s most vulnerable groups of people has slowed. In seven years’ time, the world has improved by only 1.5 points on the WeWorld Index. This means, at this rate, it would take 182 years to achieve a level of adequate inclusion for women and children globally.


Knowing this, the Index 2022 focuses specifically on five (5) main barriers that hinder children and young people’s future—poverty, conflict, forced migration, climate change, and online risks. The report delves into the overlapping effects of the crises characterizing today’s world and how they impact children’s living conditions.


“The report highlights that the great challenge of our times is to guarantee a future for boys and girls,” says Marco Chiesara, President of WeWorld. “The impact of the war in Ukraine is not yet recorded in this edition, but it will probably become a significant point in the next one. What clearly emerges in this edition is how the pandemic has affected the health sector, while also fuelling inequality: the distribution of vaccines only in the North of the world, online education that has disadvantaged or excluded entire groups of the poorest children. The result shifts away from the objectives of the 2030 Agenda and shows an increase in the exclusion of women and children in many countries. As stated in the report, the barriers to inclusion are many: this is why it is essential to intervene with targeted and multi-sector policies. Women and children must be considered both subjects and actors of change, and for this reson, local, national and supranational institutions must finally put their future at the center.”


“It is critical that the world pay attention to how the effects of these five barriers intertwine with each other, creating a threatening combination that could potentially compromise the future of an entire generation and of those to come,” said Meg Gardinier, Secretary General of ChildFund Alliance. “Though significant work remains ahead, I am encouraged by the collaborative efforts of ChildFund members and our partners to create a more inclusive world where children and women are guaranteed their rights and are able to achieve their full potential.”


Index Highlights:


The final ranking of the WeWorld Index 2022, which analyses 166 countries, once again sees Northern Europe and continental Europe at the top, being the most inclusive areas for women and children. Norway, Iceland and Sweden are leading, followed by Denmark and Finland.


The same is unfortunately true for the countries at the bottom of the ranking: the three worst countries for inclusion of women and children are Central African Republic, South Sudan and Chad. Since 2015, the first year of publication of the WeWorld Index, a group of countries has never progressed, remaining at the bottom of the ranking; in particular, SubSaharan Africa is the least inclusive area for women and children, with countries experiencing chronic poverty, political instability and undemocratic governments.


Children – As far as children are concerned, the worsening of living conditions was recorded, above all, in the education sphere: a very serious issue as education is the main factor in guaranteeing fundamental rights, empowerment, and the ability to create one’s future.


Women – The WeWorld Index 2022 records a timid improvement in women’s conditions globally, but many critical issues remain: women’s participation in work does not increase, and women often remain victims of discrimination.


The Five Barriers


Globally speaking, today 1 in 2 children (50.4%) and over 1 in 3 women (38%) live in countries where they experience some form of exclusion. Five global barriers are holding back the achievement of an adequate level of inclusion: poverty, conflict, forced migration, climate change and online risks for children. For each barrier, the report analyzes the negative effects, while also providing good practices and recommendations to overcome them, proposed by ChildFund Alliance, a network of 11 child-focused development and humanitarian organizations including WeWorld.


POVERTY: About 10% of the world’s population still lives in conditions of extreme poverty. Among them, children are more than twice as likely to be poor as adults (World Bank, 2020). 127 million girls of primary and secondary school age are out of school (UNESCO, 2022).


Recommendations: Social protection systems need to be established and strengthened with an intergenerational perspective. A family-friendly policy package should provide quality and affordable services in areas such as nutrition, education, and physical and mental health.


CONFLICTS: In 2020, according to the WeWorld Index, 1 in 6 children – 452 million in the world – lived in a conflict zone (Peace Research Institute of Oslo, 2021); between 2005 and 2020, more than 93,000 children were recruited and used by the warring parties (UNICEF, 2022).


Recommendations: G7 countries should close the funding gap in emergency education and humanitarian response by improving the quality of evidence-based defense and financial data, and by supporting the Cannot Wait (ECW) Education Fund.


FORCED MIGRATIONS: Today, nearly 1 in 3 children living outside their country of birth is a refugee child (UNICEF, 2021); nearly half of the world’s refugee children are still unable to attend school (UNHCR, 2021).


Recommendations: provide technical support to strengthen child-friendly law enforcement at all stages of the migration journey. Engage with authorities to provide technical support to establish child-friendly law enforcement, including border control procedures.


CLIMATE CHANGE: The effects of the climate crisis mostly impact the world’s poorest countries and their most vulnerable groups: around 1 billion children, globally, face a “considerable risk” due to the consequences of climate change (UNICEF, 2021).


Recommendations: Ensure that the best interests of children and their rights are included in all national climate plans, including national adaptation plans.


ONLINE RISKS: According to Interpol, on average, there are 7 victims of online child sexual exploitation every day. More than 60% of unidentified victims are prepubescent, including infants and toddlers and 65% of online abuse victims are girls. Among older children, more than a third of teenagers report being a victim of cyberbullying, with 1 in 5 skipping school for fear of cyberbullying. These are some of the data on online risks for children and young people, analyzed by the WeWorld Index 2022: the increase in Internet use during the pandemic has exacerbated the problem, making targeted solutions increasingly urgent.


Recommendations: Strengthen laws and policies to protect children from online threats and equip them with the tools they need to participate in online civic engagement in a safe, ethical and responsible manner as part of their development, as stated by the ChildFund Alliance campaign, WEB Safe & Wise “Creating a better digital world with children”.


ChildFund Alliance


ChildFund Alliance is a global network of 11 child-focused development and humanitarian organizations helping nearly 23 million children and their families in 70 countries. We work to end violence and exploitation against children; provide expertise in emergencies and disasters; and engage in partnership with children, families and communities to create lasting change. Our commitment, resources, and expertise are a powerful force to transform the lives of children by using our global voice with and for children to address threats to their lives, safety and well-being.




WeWorld is an independent Italian organisation active in 27 countries, including Italy. Through 129 projects, WeWorld reaches more than 8.1 million direct beneficiaries and 55.6 million indirect beneficiaries. It is active in Italy, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Libya, Tunisia, Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Benin, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Mali, Niger, Bolivia, Brazil, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Haiti, Cuba, Peru, Thailand, Cambodia, Ukraine and Moldova. Girls, children, women and young people, actors of change in every community, are the protagonists of WeWorld’s projects and campaigns in the following areas of intervention: human rights (gender equality, prevention and contrast of violence against children and women, migration) , humanitarian aid (prevention, relief and rehabilitation), food security, water, hygiene and health, education and education, socioeconomic development and environmental protection, education for global citizenship and international volunteering.


Source: Child Fund Alliance

Trained sniffer dogs uncover smoked bats smuggled from China

Sniffer dogs, known locally as “inspector beagles”, helped quarantine inspectors at Suvarnabhumi airport to intercept smoked bats, hidden in luggage flown into Thailand on a flight from China’s Kunming City yesterday (Wednesday).


Somchuan Ratanamungklanon, director-general of the Livestock Development Department, said inspectors, from the quarantine and inspection canine unit based at the airport, opened the luggage after a trained beagle detected something unusual.


They found a package of smoked bats wrapped in a plastic bag, a 2.5kg pack of smoked pig leg and 4.5kgs of smoked pork belly.


He said that quarantine inspectors focus on flights from high-risk countries, such as China, Cambodia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam and Laos, where various species of wildlife are consumed as a delicacy.


He said that the smuggling of animal carcasses into Thailand is against the Animal Diseases Act, adding that samples of the impounded meat have been sent to a lab for analysis, while the remainder will be destroyed, as a precautionary measure, to prevent a possible outbreak of animal diseases, particularly African swine fever.


Somchuan also said that bats are known to carry various diseases and pathogens, including the Nipah virus, as he urged Thai consumers to avoid eating uncooked meat or wildlife.


According to the World Health Organisation, the Nipah virus (NIV) is a zoonotic virus and can be transmitted through contaminated food or directly between people. In humans, it causes a range of illnesses, from asymptomatic infections to acute respiratory illness and fatal encephalitis. The virus can also cause severe disease in animals, including pigs, resulting in significant economic losses for farmers.


The natural host of the virus is the fruit bat.


Although there have only been a few outbreaks of Nipah virus infections in Asia, it infects a wide range of animals and causes severe disease and death in humans, making it a public health concern.


There are currently no drugs or vaccines to treat or protect against Nipah virus infection. Intensive supportive care is recommended in the treatment of severe respiratory and neurologic complications.


Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service