What’s Current: Women to protest Twitter and Facebook in Washington

  • A series of events, actions, and meetings are planned in Washington, the week of January 26, to protest the silencing of women on platforms like Facebook and Twitter. More information will be released in the coming weeks.
  • Irish Health Minister Simon Harris intends to ban protests at abortion providers by introducing legislation to create safe access zones around hospitals and clinics starting January 1, 2019. 
  • In the UK, increasing numbers of women are being secretly filmed on spy cameras in public restrooms and changing rooms due to cheaper and more readily available recording technology. The Independent reports:

“This material is then being uploaded to porn websites where there is said to be a growing market for voyeuristic material. …experts say the hidden nature of this crime means most women will never be aware they have been captured on camera — and also makes it very difficult to accurately predict the scale of the problem.”

  • South Korea’s “blatantly sexist” sex education program is receiving backlash from the country’s growing feminist movement.
  • A recent trend of rape videos going viral in India leads many to believe that easy access to violent pornography through smartphones, along with a lack of sex education, is fuelling sexist violence.
Meghan McCarty

Meghan McCarty is an undergraduate student and aspiring journalist living in the United States.