What’s Current: Victoria passes bill allowing people to change sex on birth certificates without surgery

  • Victorian MPs voted 26 to 14 to allow people to change the sex recorded on their birth certificate. A new women’s group, Victorian Women’s Guild, was created in opposition to the legislation due to the potential impact it would have on women-only spaces.
  • Women’s rights activist Saba Kord Afshari has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for protesting the compulsory hijab. Her defense attorney, Hossein Taj, announced that Afshari received 15 years for her anti-hijab activism and another nine years for “illegal assembly” and “propaganda against the regime.”
  • A teenager in Georgia is suing her former school district following her expulsion for “sexual impropriety” after she reported sexual assault by a peer.
  • In a New York federal courtroom, 23 women testified about sexual abuse they faced as underage girls at the hands of Jeffrey Epstein. One of the victims, Anouska Georgiou, stated:

“Something I think is very important to communicate is that loss of innocence, trust, and joy that is not recoverable. The abuse, spanning several years, was devaluing beyond measure and affected my ability to form and maintain healthy relationships, both in my work and my personal life. He could not begin to fathom what he took from us.”

Genevieve Gluck

Genevieve Gluck is a writer and advocate for women's sex-based rights and creator of Women's Voices, an audio library dedicated to bringing awareness to feminist texts and speeches.