What’s Current: Moscow authorities refuse to allow rally in support of sisters charged with murder of abusive father

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  • Russian authorities refuse to approve a rally in downtown Moscow in support of three teenage sisters charged for murdering their abusive father. Activists will instead conduct single-person pickets to call to address Russia’s domestic violence problem.
  • FIFA President Gianni Infantino plans to expand the women’s World Cup from 24 teams to 32, in 2023.
  • A multimillionaire businessman facing serious sexual assault and harassment allegations is granted wide-ranging secrecy orders preventing The Times from revealing his identity:

The Times has fought a legal battle for more than a year for the right to report the case but a senior judge ruled last month that in this case the protection of the millionaire’s ‘honour and reputation’ took precedence over the principle of open justice under which reporters are deemed to be ‘the eyes and ears of the public’ in the courts.”

  • In India, the health of poor women is jeopardized in order for them to continue working low wage jobs. Women’s wombs are removed so they can work in sugarcane fields, where female workers are given hysterectomies for minor gynecological problems and fined for taking days off due to menstrual pain. The Thomas Reuters Foundation reports female garment workers in Tamil Nadu are given unlabelled drugs for period pain, which allegedly cause health problems. 
  • An Indonesian woman is jailed after attempting to report her boss for sexual harassment. Baiq Nuril Maknun recorded lewd phone calls she received from the principal of a high school she previously worked at, but was found guilty of violating anti-pornography laws.
Meghan McCarty

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