What’s Current: Ministers vow to defend women’s rights to female-only spaces in the UK

  • UK ministers say they intend to protect women’s rights to single-sex accommodations in any future reforms to the laws on gender identity, following campaigning by feminists working to draw attention to the impact of self-identification on women’s rights. A statement from the Government Equalities Office promises that “advancing the rights of trans people does not have to compromise women’s rights”.
  • Australian health officials have expanded an investigation into Dr Emil Shawky Gayed — a gynecologist who performed unnecessary, botched, and mutilating procedures on his female patients — and are asking former patients who were injured to please come forward.
  • Mexican officials disqualify 15 men from running for office as women, on the basis that they hadn’t consistently claimed to be transgender before the filing deadline.
  • The parents of 19-year-old Noura Hussein, sentenced to death in Sudan for killing her husband after he had relatives hold her down to rape her, say they never disowned her and hope that people around the world will write to their local Sudanese embassy to ask for mercy for their daughter.
Natasha Chart

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