What’s Current: Moscow Metro hires first female train drivers after lifting decades-long ban

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  • Moscow’s transportation department hired its first female conductors since the 1980s, when the profession was added to a list of careers considered to be too difficult for women to undertake.
  • Femicides in Juarez have doubled in the past three years. Women’s rights organization Red Mesa de Mujeres attributes the rise in violence to conditions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic which make women more vulnerable to male violence.
  • Supporters of imprisoned Saudi women’s rights campaigner Loujain al-Hathloul have called for a boycott of the Dakar Rally, an off-road racing competition which will pass within a few hundred meters of the prison where she is being detained. Hathloul was tried in a terrorism court for campaigning for women’s right to drive.
  • Germany’s cabinet approved a draft law that would require top-tier corporations to place at least one woman on their board of executives, which, if implemented, would affect 70 companies in the nation.
  • A New York man was charged with hate crimes for a string of attacks against nine women. The basis for the hate crime charges is the allegation the perpetrator was targeting light-skinned women.
Genevieve Gluck

Genevieve Gluck is a writer and advocate for women's sex-based rights and creator of Women's Voices, an audio library dedicated to bringing awareness to feminist texts and speeches.