What’s Current: Landlords reportedly asking women for sexual favors instead of rent amid pandemic

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  • Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women reports that growing number of women are reporting landlords asking for sexual favors in exchange for rent.
  • South Korea’s first-ever feminist party is seeking parliamentary seats in the upcoming election. The party says the country’s political establishment has failed women and hopes to bring women’s rights to the forefront of policy making amid a spycam porn epidemic.
  • Tanzania pledges to improve pregnant girls’ access to education after receiving a controversial $500 million loan from the World Bank, yet still refuses to allow pregnant girls in classrooms and will not end mandatory pregnancy tests.
  • Responding to legal pressure and allegations from women’s groups saying that local politicians were stalling the implementation of abortion services, Northern Ireland authorities confirm abortions can be carried out.
  • Singapore suspends the use of video conferencing service Zoom for virtual classrooms after two men hacked a stream full of students, displayed obscene images, and asked girls to “flash.”
Meghan McCarty

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