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What's Current: RFU clears males who identify as female to keep playing domestic women's rugby in England

What’s Current: RFU clears males who identify as female to keep playing domestic women’s rugby in England

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  • The Rugby Football Union defied the decision by World Rugby to reserve same-sex restrictions in competition, claiming that more evidence was needed to determine whether males who identify as female have a physical advantage. The Guardian reports:

“The RFU’s decision means that trans women can continue playing women’s club rugby in England for now, provided their concentration of testosterone in serum has been less than 5 nmol/L continuously for at least 12 months. However, they are no longer eligible for selection for the Olympics or the Six Nations, competitions governed by World Rugby rules.”

  • Four women filed a lawsuit against a Japanese medical university for the systemic lowering of women’s entrance exam scores to deny them admission with a focus on reparations for psychological damage for the administration’s refusal to admit wrongdoing.
  • American rapper Azealia Banks was suspended for Twitter for tweets condemning the use of limited healthcare services for sex reassignment surgeries.
  • Women in India are starting collective farms to support each other and provide access to grains. In rural India, 70 per cent of women who work are farmers, yet less than 13 per cent own land.
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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