What’s Current: Woman’s Place UK meeting protested by trans activists

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  • Trans activists are accused of intimidation after protesting outside the venue of a feminist event held by Woman’s Place UK. Attendees describe the protesters kicking on windows and blocking the entrance as police stood by and watched. A WPUK spokeswoman told the Morning Star:

“The volume, the intensity of the chanting, and the size of the crowd — it was intimidating. It was very aggressive and threatening, and intended to be so.

We had women arriving through the crush in tears. One woman had liquid thrown at her as she tried to enter. Even the men who attended were shocked at the scale of the harassment because they’re not normally subject to this.”

  • The UK-based organization End Violence Against Women (EVAW) initiated a legal challenge against the Crown Prosecution Service for systemic failure to prosecute and investigate rape allegations. Rebecca Hitchens, EVAW’s campaign manager, said:

“It is vital that the CPS, a state institution so central to women’s access to justice, is held to account for any internal policy change that has adversely impacted the likelihood of rape cases reaching court.”

  • Thousands of students in Indonesia protest a new criminal code which would criminalize sex outside of marriage and establish a four year prison sentence for women who obtain an illegal abortion. 
  • Author Caroline Criado Perez won the Royal Society science book prize for her work Invisible Women, which reveals the ways society is constructed for men at the cost of women’s health and safety.
  • Twitter users work to have upcoming event looking at how media bias shapes the gender identity debate at Simon Fraser University cancelled.
Mary Hickman
Mary Hickman

MARY HICKMAN HAS DONE VOICE WORK FOR THE ENGLISH AUDIO TOUR OF ​THE WAR AND WOMEN’S HUMAN RIGHTS MUSEUM​ IN SOUTH KOREA. SHE IS CURRENTLY DEVELOPING A VOLUNTEER-RUN AUDIO PROJECT TO BRING AWARENESS TO FEMINIST WRITERS.

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