What’s Current: Bill decriminalizing prostitution rejected by South Australian Parliament

  • A bid to decriminalize the sex industry in South Australia was rejected by Parliament in a 24 to 19 vote.
  • Tens of thousands of rape cases in the UK may have been dismissed by the Crown Prosecution Service in an attempt to meet target conviction rates.
  • A woman in Mexico who was the victim of revenge porn is campaigning for law reforms to protect women against digital violence. The “Olimpia'” law, named after her, has been passed in 13 out of 32 Mexico’s states this year.
  • Ugandan police have arrested suspects involved in trafficking women and teenage girls into China’s surrogacy industry.
  • New research from Northwestern University reveals disparities in the postpartum care received by black and Hispanic women. The study found that black and Hispanic women receive lower doses of pain medication than white women despite reporting higher pain levels.
  • An internal survey of the UN World Food Program detailed multiple allegations of sexual assault and abuse, including 640 respondents who said they were either victims of, or had witnessed, sexual harassment. In response, the head of the organization, David Beasley, told the Associated Press that aggressive action would be taken. 
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.