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What's Current: Facebook censors political ad questioning fairness of trans-identified male athletes in female sports

What’s Current: Facebook censors political ad questioning fairness of trans-identified male athletes in female sports

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

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  • A US political campaign ad questioning legislation that allows trans-identified male athletes to participate in women’s sports was censored by Facebook.
  • The Japan Times reports that the COVID-19 pandemic has split surrogate babies from their families and increased exploitative practices, including reviving a black market for surrogacy.
  • Several North Korean women defectors claim they were sexually assaulted by police officers assigned to protect them. Earlier this month, two high-ranking intelligence officers were indicted on charges of raping a defector multiple times.
  • Kenya’s top judge advised the president to dissolve Parliament due to its inability to meet a minimum requirement for women’s representation.
  • A top member of Japan’s ruling party describes the country’s politics as a “democracy without women”, days after the new prime minister appointed only two female MPs to his cabinet.
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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