What’s Current: Investigation into Canadian military sexual misconduct cut short following Liberal motion

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  • Federal Liberals vote to shut down an internal defence committee probe into allegations of high-level sexual misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces, as one group of survivors claims the investigation has become “too partisan.”
  • A South Korean court sentences a key member of the infamous “Nth Room” sexual blackmail ring to 34 years in prison for coercing young women and girls into sharing explicit videos of themselves. The man is among hundreds arrested as part of the country’s crackdown on a network of sexual exploitation chatrooms.
  • U.S. pharmacy chain CVS will no longer ask patients seeking a COVID-19 vaccine for their birth sex after receiving complaints from transgender people. The form has been changed so patients only have to declare their gender identity.
  • Human rights groups challenge Mali in West Africa’s top court for failing to outlaw female genital mutilation and leaving women and girls vulnerable to “a grave and systemic violation.”
  • Women disproportionately take on the responsibility of caring for Singapore’s aging population. The Washington Post reports:

“With Singapore’s rapid development over the past 50 years came a sharp decline in the fertility rate. Today, the cost of caring for the substantial aging population is falling disproportionately on women, many of them unmarried, who have sacrificed careers and retirement savings to care for their elders but have no children to do the same for them.”

Meghan McCarty

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