What’s Current: Women trapped with abusers amid coronavirus lockdowns

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  • Time reports mandatory COVID-19 lockdowns are trapping women experiencing domestic violence in their homes with abusers. According to the US National Domestic Violence Hotline, a growing number of victims say their abusers are using coronavirus as a means to control and isolate them.
  • Dr. Catherine Hamlin, a trailblazing gynecologist and obstetrician, has passed away at age 96. Dr. Hamlin dedicated her life to caring for Ethiopian women suffering from obstetric fistula and helped pioneer treatments for the devastating childbearing injury.
  • Despite Namibia’s small size, thousands of women are joining the #MeTooNamibia movement to track down and punish sexual predators and offer psychological and legal support for survivors.
  • Six Bangladeshi women rescued from four years of forced prostitution in India are unable to return home due to coronavirus travel restrictions.
Meghan McCarty

Meghan McCarty is an undergraduate student and aspiring journalist living in the United States.