What’s Current: NCAA suggests they may pull games in states where participation is based on sex

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  • The U.S. National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) issued a statement suggesting it may not hold championship games in states where participation in sport is based on sex, rather than self-identification. “The NCAA Board of Governors firmly and unequivocally supports the opportunity for transgender student-athletes to compete in college sports,” the organization said.
  • The case of a 13-year-old girl who was the victim of rape has become a rallying cry for women’s rights campaigners in Venezuela. Activists seek to overturn the nation’s near-total abortion ban after her mother and teacher were both arrested for helping her terminate the pregnancy while the rapist remains free. 
  • A trans-identifying male in the UK with a previous conviction for raping a minor has avoided an immediate jail sentence for breaching a harm prevention order. According to the judge, “You are very, very, very vulnerable. That’s the only reason I am not sending you to prison.”
  • The New York Times reports on an “epidemic of loss” of women in the sciences as a result of burdens imposed on them due to the pandemic, citing several studies which show that women are publishing fewer academic papers and conducting fewer clinical trials.
  • Women in the Middle East and north Africa are being bombarded with digital sexual abuse. According to a UN Women survey, in nine countries in the region, online harassment was the most commonly reported type of violence against women during the pandemic.
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.