What’s Current: Trailblazing journalist and civil rights activist Ida B. Wells receives posthumous Pulitzer honor

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  • US journalist and civil rights activist Ida B. Wells was posthumously awarded a Pulitzer Prize on Monday for her investigative journalism which exposed the lynchings of black men. 
  • Women in Wales convicted of low-level crimes will be transferred to a residential center instead of prison by the end of 2021. The center will be the first of its kind to focus on rehabilitation as an alternative to incarceration.
  • Hungary’s Parliament blocked the ratification of the Istanbul Convention, the first legally binding international treaty aimed at preventing violence against women. Explaining the reason for opposition, the government declared the treaty promotes “destructive gender ideologies”.
  • Contraceptive pills have been listed on eBay in response to women’s limited access to healthcare during lockdown. Health officials in the UK warn the recent trend of purchasing contraceptives on eBay poses risks to women, recommending women visit online pharmacies.
  • Officials in Orange County, California, issued a public warning as seven convicted sex offenders were released after rulings by the court commissioner. In an attempt to mitigate risk of contagion for prisoners, state officials released the convicts, some of whom were imprisoned for less than a week.
Mary Hickman
Mary Hickman

MARY HICKMAN HAS DONE VOICE WORK FOR THE ENGLISH AUDIO TOUR OF ​THE WAR AND WOMEN’S HUMAN RIGHTS MUSEUM​ IN SOUTH KOREA. SHE IS CURRENTLY DEVELOPING A VOLUNTEER-RUN AUDIO PROJECT TO BRING AWARENESS TO FEMINIST WRITERS.

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