What’s Current: Spain’s socialist party takes stand against prostitution and surrogacy

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  • Spain’s socialist party vows to clamp down on prostitution and surrogacy in order to win women’s vote. The Guardian reports:
    • “PSOE sources told El País that, under pressure from feminist groups, an updated document would assert that ‘prostitution, which we aim to abolish, is one of the cruellest aspects of the feminisation of poverty and one of the worst forms of violence against women.’”
  • Two Saudi sisters publicly seek asylum after escaping their homes, where they were allegedly imprisoned and suffered verbal and physical abuse from male relatives.
  • Italian state broadcaster Rai is under fire for proposing to create separate male and female TV channels. MPs and women’s groups criticize the proposal as “grotesque and sexist.”
  • Bangladeshi women demand justice for Nusrat Jahan Rafi, 19, who died after being set on fire for refusing to drop a sexual harassment complaint against her headmaster, who police say ordered the attack on the student.
  • A hidden camera is found in a women’s restroom aboard a U.S. Navy ship, military officials report
Meghan McCarty

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