What’s Current: Mother of missing Indigenous woman launches $600 million lawsuit against RCMP

What’s Current is Feminist Current’s daily news roundup.

  • Diane BigEagle, an Indigenous woman whose daughter went missing in 2007, is attempting to launch a class-action lawsuit on behalf of all families of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada. BigEagle filed suit against the RCMP claiming their investigations were in adequate, discriminatory and negligent. She is claiming $600 million dollars in damages.
  • Women in the US are sending wire coat hangers to the office of Republican Senator Susan Collins in an effort to pressure her to vote against any Supreme Court nominee that would put legal access to abortion at risk.
  • In Afghanistan, an official public health policy is being introduced to stop “virginity testing” in clinics and hospitals. Across the country, it is estimated that thousands of girls and women have been imprisoned after failing these tests.
  • A woman named Therese Patricia Okoumou climbed the Statue of Liberty in New York yesterday in order to protest the Trump administration’s immigration policy. Police are recommending she be charged with trespassing, disorderly conduct, and interfering with government functions.
  • Female prisoners are still being subjected to routine strip searches in the Australian state of Victoria despite a 2015 report from a government watchdog urging the state to terminate the “abusive practice.”
Lisa Steacy
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.

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