What’s Current: Venezuelan women subject to increased sexual assault; trafficking due to Covid border closures

  • Human rights campaigners report a spike in human trafficking and sexual violence against Venezuelan woman and girls fleeing to Colombia, which closed its border in March due to COVID-19.
  • A global survey finds that 70 per cent of front line workers are women, yet women are left out of many COVID-19 response and recovery plans.
  • Women working in the UK sex trade are facing increased violence and economic hardship as a result of lockdown restrictions.
  • The hashtag #SaveManalSisterofQamar is circulating on Arabic-language social media after a Saudi Arabian woman was allegedly murdered by her brothers for having a Snapchat account.
Meghan McCarty

Meghan McCarty is an undergraduate student and aspiring journalist living in the United States.