What’s Current: Iran’s Cabinet approves bill criminalizing domestic violence against women

The Parliament of Iran
  • After more than a decade of women’s rights campaigning over successive administrations, Iran’s Cabinet has approved a bill criminalizing male domestic violence against women. The Protection, Dignity, and Security of Women against Violence will now be submitted to the parliament for vote before it becomes law.
  • Zara Kay, an Australian women’s rights campaigner and ex-Muslim activist, has been detained in Tanzania over political charges relating to statements made over social media, alleged to be either blasphemous or critical of the country’s leader.
  • In Kentucky, the Free2Hope women’s drop-in center for victims of male violence was sprayed with bullets on New Year’s Eve.
  • Ofcom, the UK media regulator, has expanded hate speech restrictions to include intolerance of opinions and to cover “gender reassignment.”
  • A class-action lawsuit alleges that poor screening of drivers subjects female passengers of Lyft drivers to greater risk of sexual violence.
Natasha Chart

Natasha Chart is an online organizer and feminist living in the United States. She does not recant her heresy.