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What's Current: World Rugby bans males from playing elite women's rugby

What’s Current: World Rugby bans males from playing elite women’s rugby

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  • World Rugby has released new guidelines recommending trans-identified males not be permitted to play elite women’s rugby for because of “significant” safety concerns. A review led by Dr. Araba Chintoh, a former Canada women’s international and psychiatrist, explains:

“We set out to determine whether it would be possible to maintain inclusion in contact rugby based on the available research and evidence and rugby’s unique context of combining strength, power, speed and endurance in a physical, collision environment… As we progressed through a comprehensive and inclusive review, it became clear that there are compelling evidenced safety considerations which we simply cannot ignore.”

  • The Times reports a Liverpool chemist is delivering puberty blockers and sex hormones to trans-identified children, bypassing NHS safeguards put in place to protect children.
  • Protests erupt in Bangladesh after a video of a group of men attacking, stripping, and sexually assaulting a woman went viral. Demonstrators demand the resignation of the country’s Home Minister over the government’s failure to address an uptick in sexual violence against women.
  • Berlin authorities rescind approval for a statue dedicated to Korean “comfort women” who were forced into sex slavery in Japanese wartime military brothels.
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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