What’s Current: Germany makes ‘upskirting’ a punishable crime

  • German lawmakers approve harsher penalties for upskirting, making the act of taking photos or videos of the area under a woman’s skirt or bust line a punishable crime.
  • Six former inmates shared accounts of alleged sexual abuse at a New Jersey women’s prison during a public forum about the experiences of women who have faced sexual harassment and misogyny in New Jersey politics.
  • Woman in Papua New Guinea took to the streets in mourning clothes to demand an end to domestic violence following the “slow, deliberate, painful” torture and death of a 19-year-old mother of two.
  • The Dutch human rights council rules that Eindhoven University’s decision to restrict job vacancies to women in an effort to hire more female academics violates equal treatment laws.
  • Human rights lawyers criticize the Home Office for failing to grant asylum to an 11-year-old girl found to be at high risk of female genital mutilation if removed from Britain.
Meghan McCarty

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