What’s Current: Women in Honduras flee to escape femicide epidemic

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  • Women in Honduras flee to escape domestic violence and gang-motivated femicide, worsened by inadequate or mocking police responses.
  • Mark Addis, a UK man who threatened to kill his former partner, changed his name to Melissa, and is now allowed access to women’s hostels on the basis of gender identity.
  • The Florida trial of Michael Haim, charged with murdering his wife in 1993, begins this week. The case was cold until the couple’s son, Aaron, won a wrongful death suit against his father, and later found his mother’s body on the property of the family home.
  • A new Australian government program encouraging women in abusive relationships to stay with their abusers and attend family counseling could result in more women’s deaths. Anna Spargo-Ryan writes:

“To put at-risk women in situations designed to manipulate power imbalances and personal strength is to sign their death certificates. The perceived sanctity of marriage cannot take precedence over safety. “Keeping mum and dad (and definitely not any other combination, in Morrison’s opinion) together” cannot be the driving force behind domestic violence initiatives.

Pressuring women to stay in their homes will kill women. It will kill them. It will kill us.”

  • Paula Radcliffe, women’s marathon world record holder, responds to news that the Boston Marathon will allow trans-identified males to qualify for women’s spots, saying it is “unfair.”
Natasha Chart

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