What’s Current: Nepalese teen dies of snake bite while banished to a menstrual hut

  • An 18-year-old Nepalese woman died from the bite of a snake that fell on her in her sleep, while she was forced to stay in the family’s Chhaupadi, or menstrual exile hut, during her monthly cycle.
  • In Orlando, a violent repeat offender and serial domestic abuser, who was in violation of his probation and suspended prison sentence terms, killed four children he was holding hostage before turning the gun on himself, after police responded to a domestic violence call. He was the father of two of the children he murdered.
  • A sex trade survivor, Micky Meji, explains why she resigned from a South African sex trade organization and now advocates for the Equality Model — also called the Nordic Model — of reform to sex trafficking laws.
  • An open letter to New Zealand government ministers from several self-described “sex workers” criticizes the practices of the New Zealand Prostitutes’ Collective, says that they don’t represent the grassroots, and calls on the government to investigate their funding and monopolization of the policy debate around the sex trade.
  • The Indian peer outreach program, Save A Mother, helps women in some of India’s poorest villages get accurate information about pregnancy, nutrition, birth, and care for infants, dramatically reducing both maternal and infant mortality.
Natasha Chart

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