What’s Current: Nigerian women take to the streets to demand action against rape and sexual violence

  • Women’s rights activists across Nigeria protested in the streets on Monday, demanding action to combat rape and violence against women. The demonstrations were in response to the brutal killings of two students — Uwaila Vera Omozuwa and Barakat Bello — who were slain within the same week.
  • Attempts to force underage girls into marriage in Bengal, India, more than doubled between March and April, the first month of the COVID-19 lockdown. Government officials and women’s rights activists expect a surge in child marriage and trafficking in women and girls.
  • Egyptian authorities will prosecute a man who took his three daughters to a clinic to undergo FGM on the premise that they would be receiving a coronavirus vaccine. The practice was made a felony in the nation in 2016, though no one yet has been prosecuted under the law.
  • A study in the British Medical Journal reveals that the highest proportion of pregnant women admitted to the hospital with COVID-19 are black and ethnic minority (BAME) women and called for “urgent investigation.”
  • J.K. Rowling writes a piece explaining her reasons for speaking out on sex and gender issues amidst public backlash for challenging gender identity ideology.
Genevieve Gluck
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.