What’s Current: Women’s refuges in the UK consider hiring trans-identified male staff

  • Women’s Aid, England’s largest group of women-only refuges for rape and abuse victims, is re-evaluating their policy against allowing trans-identified males to work with female clients. Women’s anti-violence advocate Karen Ingala-Smith and trans-identified male India Willoughby discuss this on Good Morning Britain.
  • The talent manager who helped make Halle Berry and Taraji Henson famous is accused of using his position as a gatekeeper for women of colour in Hollywood to sexually harass multiple aspiring actresses.
  • Emily Doe, as Brock Turner’s victim is known publicly, has refused to continue working with Stanford University in setting up a memorial plaque quoting her words, after the university insisted on using the quote, “I’m OK, everything’s OK.”
  • Actress Nazanin Boniadi calls on supporters of the Women’s March to stand in solidarity with the women of Iran as they demonstrate against the compulsory hijab. More than 20 women have been arrested so far.

“Dozens of women throughout Iran — old and young, veiled and unveiled — to engage in the same act of civil disobedience, standing bareheaded in public as they silently wave their scarves from the ends of sticks.

To be clear, this Iranian movement did not happen overnight, and the plight of the Iranian woman runs far deeper than challenging compulsory clothing regulations. However, for many women in Iran, the hijab has become a constant reminder of their inequality and oppression in a social, political, legal and religious climate that favors men.”

Natasha Chart

Natasha Chart is an online organizer and feminist living in the United States. She does not recant her heresy.