What’s Current: Environmental activist to give birth behind bars after being jailed for self-defence

  • Environmental activist Siwatu-Salama Ra may be forced to give birth behind bars after attempting to defend her mother and child during a dispute that turned violent. People are protesting online under the hashtag #FreeSiwatu.
  • What message does the Belfast rape trial send? That women will always be blamed for incidents of sexual violence.
  • Denzel Bird, who injured a woman so badly during a sexual assault that she had to relearn how to walk and talk, will face sentencing today in Lethbridge, Alberta.
  • Survey finds that sexual harassment is rampant in the world of interactive virtual reality. Forty-nine per cent of women surveyed reported sexual harassment while interacting with men in virtual spaces.
Jess Martin

Jess Martin is a public relations professional, an aspiring writer, and an assistant editor at Feminist Current. She prefers to write about feminist topics, disability, or environmental issues, but could be persuaded to broaden her horizons in exchange for payment and/or food. In her spare time Jess can be found knitting, gardening, or lying in the fetal position, mulling over political theory that no one in their right mind cares about.