What’s Current: Women in refugee camps risk male violence every time they menstruate

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A refugee camp in Greece.
  • Women and girls in refugee camps face danger of male violence ever time they menstruate. It is too dangerous for them to even get hot water to clean themselves or go to the bathroom, and they don’t have access to sanitary pads.
  • Universities in the UK could face fines for failing to uphold free speech if their student unions no-platform speakers they disagree with. Jo Johnson, the higher education minister said he plans to allow the Office for Students to fine or suspend institutions that fail to protect freedom of speech on campuses.
  • Apparently, the New York Times story about sexual harassment at Vice doesn’t even scratch the surface.
  • Pimps are tattooing their initials or names on the bodies of prostituted girls and women. Because the cost of removal is out of reach, Ben Alway of Second Skin Tattoo Removal in Edmonton is offering tattoo removal to the women for free.
  • Chris Hedges speaks with Julie Bindel about efforts to legalize prostitution and the nefarious forces behind this “movement.”
Meghan Murphy
Meghan Murphy

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Meghan Murphy is a freelance writer and journalist. She has been podcasting and writing about feminism since 2010 and has published work in numerous national and international publications, including New Statesman, Vice, Al Jazeera, The Globe and Mail, I-D, Truthdig, and more. Meghan completed a Masters degree in the department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University in 2012 and lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her dog.

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