What’s Current: Sudan criminalizes female genital mutilation

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  • Sudan has criminalized female genital mutilation, making it punishable by three years in prison, a move campaigners say represents a “new era” for women’s rights in the nation.
  • Foreign Policy reports the COVID-19 pandemic has made people more vulnerable to exploitation by traffickers, revealing that leading humanitarian organizations are unprepared for human trafficking spikes in times of crisis. 
  • A trans-identified female who gave birth loses an appeal to be registered as the father of her child. The ruling upholds a high court verdict that motherhood is defined as being pregnant and giving birth, regardless of gender identity.
  • Seven women sue the NCAA for failing to protect them from alleged sexual assaults by male college athletes.
  • Women represent the majority of unpaid volunteers who are sewing personal protective equipment to meet COVID-19 demands.
Meghan McCarty

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