— Toronto Public Library (@torontolibrary) October 12, 2019
- In response to ongoing efforts to pressure the Toronto Public Library (TPL) to cancel an event discussing gender identity legislation and women’s rights, the TPL released a statement, saying, “As a public library and public institution, we have an obligation to protect free speech.”
- In the Chinese detention camps where UN officials believe at least one million Uighur Muslims are held for “training,” refugees who’ve sought asylum in other countries are revealing stories of widespread sexual abuse, involuntary abortion, sterilization, and family separations.
- Paul Peterson, an elected tax assessor in Arizona, is facing charges of fraud and adoption trafficking in Arizona, Arkansas, and Utah, over a scheme where women from the Marshall Islands were lured to the US while pregnant, sell their children after giving birth, and then return home.
- A survey of Belgian girls and young women, ages 15-24, reveals that up to 90 per cent have been targeted for sexual harassment, and nearly one in five have been touched without their consent.
- A newborn baby girl has been discovered buried alive in northern India. The baby was found by a villager who was burying his own daughter, who died minutes after birth. The baby was taken to the hospital and is reportedly recovering. The BBC reports:
“India’s gender ratio is one of the worst in the world. Women are often discriminated against socially and girls are seen as a financial burden, particularly among poor communities.”