What’s Current: Three women working in polio vaccine drive shot dead in Afghanistan

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  • Three female health workers in Afghanistan working to distribute polio vaccines were murdered in a wave of femicides targeting women in the public sphere; just weeks prior, three female journalists were killed in the same city.
  • A French court of appeals overturned the defamation conviction for Sandra Muller, a journalist credited with the creation of France’s viral Me Too hashtag, #BalanceTonPorc, after she was sued by the TV executive she accused of sexual harassment.
  • A survey conducted in Singapore revealed 4 in 10 women have encountered discrimination at work as compared to 1 in 10 men. Only 12 per cent of those who self-reported workplace discrimination took formal action, and all such complaints were made by women.
  • A Chinese college student who pled guilty and admitted to rape was given probation rather than a prison sentence, prompting outcry on social media over the leniency of the judge.
  • Sex traffickers in the U.S. state of South Dakota disproportionately target Native American women and children, where Native Americans make up only 8 per cent of the population but account for 40 per cent of those trafficked in the sex industry.
  • Ghislaine Maxwell, accomplice of Jeffrey Epstein, faces new charges related to sex trafficking. The indictment accuses Maxwell of grooming and trafficking a 14-year-old girl.
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.