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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  • cday881@gmail.com

    I find it ironic that Victoria would strip-search women. I’m pretty sure Queen Victoria would not be amused.

  • lk

    “Virginity is one of the male invented concepts that I fucking hate the most.”

    Me too, I absolutely despise the obsession with female virginity. People don’t seem to care too much though if boys don’t remain virgins…

    I remember years ago at some award show a comedian poked fun at the Jonas brothers for their purity rings and Jordin Sparks defended them by saying “not everybody wants to be a slut”..women who have sex before marriage are not sluts, women are not sluts period….

    I cannot believe that in 2018, women are being jailed for not being virgins (is this an example of this female cisprivilige transactivists are always going on about?)

  • Everything you say is solid gold and I love you. I have nothing else to add. heh.

  • TwinMamaManly

    My hymen broke at 12 years old doing gymnastics. I would have been hung on the wall. Plus, I really enjoyed my first heterosexual experience – which obviously makes me a slut.