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Brazilian hairdresser using L'Oréal Matrix products
Brazilian hairdresser using L'Oréal Matrix products
Dominique Chapuis and Florence Bauchard

RIO DE JANEIRO — The sign outside this modest hair salon in the Rio das Pedras favela, or shantytown, of Rio de Janeiro reads "Belos Fios" ("beautiful hair"). Inside, customers can find Matrix hair color products stacked behind the salon's two only chairs. This is just one of some 30 small salons, most of them undeclared, that Carlos Renato visits regularly. A former driver, he's now one of the 60 micro distributors L'Oréal supports to sell its most affordable professional hair care products in the poor neighborhoods of Rio and São Paulo.

Launched in 2012, this program is part of L'Oréal's corporate social responsibility strategy, and it has received support from Santander bank and Sebrae, the Brazilian micro and small business support service.

"The project is there to help those who want to get by while at the same time giving the population access to quality products," explains Tatiana Peczan, head of the program for L'Oréal. In total, almost 2,000 hairdressers are supplied this way.

Candidates are selected by the company, which prefers people with trade experience and who are well-integrated in their communities. L'Oréal then teaches them all they need to know about the products. Sebrae offers them management classes, while the bank provides them with microcredits to get their businesses started.

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End Of Roe v. Wade, The World Is Watching

As the Supreme Court decides to overturn the 1973 decision that guaranteed abortion rights, many fear an imminent threat to abortion rights in the U.S. But in other countries, the global fight for sexual and reproductive rights is going in different directions.

"Don't abort my right" At 2019 pro-choice march In Toulouse, France.

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Hannah Steinkopf-Frank and Sophia Constantino

PARIS — Nearly 50 years after it ensured the right to abortion to Americans, the United States Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade case, meaning that millions of women in the U.S. may lose their constitutional right to abortion.

The groundbreaking decision is likely to set off a range of restrictions on abortion access in multiple states in the U.S., half of which are expected to implement new bans on the procedure. Thirteen have already passed "trigger laws" that will automatically make abortion illegal.

U.S. President Joe Biden called the ruling "a tragic error" and urged individual states to enact laws to allow the procedure.

In a country divided on such a polarizing topic, the decision is likely to cause major shifts in American law and undoubtedly spark outrage among the country’s pro-choice groups. Yet the impact of such a momentous shift, like others in the United States, is also likely to reverberate around the world — and perhaps, eventually, back again in the 50 States.

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