What’s Current: Two girls set on fire in Nigeria after being accused of witchcraft

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  • Two young girls — five- and 11-years-old — were accused of witchcraft and set on fire in Waduruk community, Shen village, Jos South local government area of Plateau State.‌ They are currently battling for their lives at the Plateau State Specialists Hospital.
  • new study found that nearly 60 per cent of the female veterans they interviewed said they experienced being stalked while they served.
  • Canadian strip clubs are dying out, but that doesn’t mean trafficking and sexual exploitation is.
  • Honour crimes and forced marriages spike during the Christmas holidays because specialist police services are reduced at this time of year and victims are “off the radar” due to not being at school. Natasha Rattu, director of Karma Nirvana, said:

“We tend to find it is the week before they break up because travel tends to be cheaper. Those absences go unnoticed because it is Christmas — girls at risk are more invisible at that time of year. Everything before and over Christmas grinds down to a halt. There are often fears among victims about escalation over the festive period.”

Meghan Murphy
Meghan Murphy

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Meghan Murphy is a freelance writer and journalist. She has been podcasting and writing about feminism since 2010 and has published work in numerous national and international publications, including The Spectator, UnHerd, the CBC, New Statesman, Vice, Al Jazeera, The Globe and Mail, and more. Meghan completed a Masters degree in the department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University in 2012 and lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her dog.

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