What’s Current: Outcry as Somalia considers bill allowing forced marriage

  • Outcry grows in Somalia as parliament considers a bill that would allow child marriage once a girl’s sex organs mature, and would permit forced marriage with the family’s consent. Thousands of people in Somalia are circulating a petition against the bill.
  • Women are forming human chains around Belarus to condemn government crackdowns on protests, as the country experiences unrest over an allegedly fraudulent election.
  • Three Michigan women file a lawsuit against the state for its “tampon tax,” arguing that charging taxes on menstrual products is sex-based discrimination.
  • New research suggests women are more likely than men to suffer adverse side effects of medications because drug dosages are historically based on clinical trials conducted on men.
Meghan McCarty

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