What’s Current: Martina Navratilova seeks protection for women in elite sports following Biden executive order

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  • Tennis champion Martina Navratilova calls for a special provision to ensure a level playing field in professional sports after U.S. President Joe Biden signed an executive order that would allow trans-identified males to compete in public school women’s sports.  
  • Dalit garment worker Jeyasre Kathirvael was raped and murdered by her male supervisor at a factory supplier for fast fashion retailer H&M.
  • Tech giant Google settled for $2.6 million, which will be paid to more than 5,500 employees and prior applicants for discrimination. The case, which found that Google discriminated against women and Asians, either by paying them less or denying their applications, was brought forward by the US Labor Department.
  • Tokyo’s Chief of the Olympics Committee, Yoshiro Mori, is under fire for stating: “if we increase the number of women (on the board), we have to also restrict their speaking time to an extent. Otherwise they’ll never stop.” Currently only 20 per cent of the JOC are women.
  • Hundreds of protesters gathered outside North Macedonia’s Interior Ministry calling for action against digital sexual abuse. The demonstration was in response to the revelation that a chat group on Telegram with over 7,000 members was posting photos of women and girls, along with names and addresses.
  • Harvard professor Dr. Mark Ramseyer sparked outrage for publishing an academic paper in The International Review of Law and Ethics arguing that South Korean comfort women “chose prostitution” and made their decision based on awareness of risks in order to increase economic gain.
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.