What’s Current: UK government moves to ban sex reassignment surgery for minors

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  • The UK plans to ban sex reassignment surgery for children under the age of 18, according to a statement by equalities minister Liz Truss. Addressing the Women and Equalities Commission on Wednesday, Truss said:

“I believe strongly that adults should have the freedom to lead their lives as they see fit, but I think it’s very important that while people are still developing their decision-making capabilities that we protect them from making those irreversible decisions.”

  • Women in Colombia’s capital city suffering domestic violence will be able to request aid from pharmacies and supermarkets as part of a new campaign to address a spike in abuse during lockdown. 
  • Female NHS workers are at a greater risk of exposure to the coronavirus due to protective personal protective equipment (PPE) having been designed for male body types, even though some 75 per cent of NHS staff are women.
  • A Tokyo man, 47, will not be prosecuted for the rape of a 12-year-old girl, despite admitting to the allegations upon his arrest in January. 
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.