What’s Current: Women in India turn to surrogacy after losing employment due to Covid-19

What’s Current is Feminist Current’s daily news roundup.

  • Women professionals in India are increasingly turning to the surrogacy industry after losing employment or having their salaries cut as a result of Covid-19.
  • A video of a woman in Indonesia being abducted in order to be forcibly married sparked national outcry over the practice of bride kidnapping, prompting government officials to declare a renewed effort to end the custom.
  • The number of femicides in Mexico has increased by 9.2 per cent during the coronavirus pandemic, which some women’s rights activists attribute to lockdown measures requiring women to remain at home while in abusive relationships.
  • A new study on the health impacts of racism for black women found that those who reported experiencing racial discrimination on a daily basis were 2.75 times more likely to show signs of poor subjective cognitive functioning as compared with women who did not report being subjected to daily racism.
  • UK government funding to curb the practice of FGM was reduced by 76 per cent in spite of data highlighting hundreds of new cases each month.
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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