What’s Current: 19-year-old man charged with the rape and murder of Eurydice Dixon

  • Earlier this week, Eurydice Dixon was raped and murdered while walking home through a park in Melbourne, Australia.  Police responded by warning “people” to be vigilant when walking home alone. 19-year-old Jaymes Todd — a stranger to Dixon — has now been charged. Dixon is the thirtieth woman  who has been murdered in Australia this year.
  • The first-ever inventory of sexual abuse cases in Canadian schools has been released, revealing that  nearly 1300 kids were victimized by school employees over the last 20 years. The perpetrators were overwhelmingly men preying on girls.
  • Shah Hussain — who stabbed Khadija Siddiqui 23 times in 2016 because she rejected his advances — has had his conviction for attempted murder overturned by Pakistan’s high court. Outrage over the acquittal has led the country’s Supreme Court to step in and  review the case.
  • The New York Philharmonic is considering changing their dress code so that women can wear pants. Currently, they are the only major orchestra in the US that requires female musicians to wear skirts.
  • Argentina is one step closer to decriminalizing abortion. Congress voted 129-125 in favour of a bill to legalize abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.
Lisa Steacy

Lisa Steacy is an Assistant Editor at Feminist Current. She has a B.A. in Women & Gender Studies from the University of Toronto. However, the women she met in her five years as a frontline worker and collective member with Vancouver Rape Relief & Women’s Shelter deserve almost all of the credit for her feminist education. She lives in Vancouver with her partner and their cats.