What’s Current: Canadian government launches external review into military sexual misconduct

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  • The federal government launches an independent, external review into sexual misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces. Global News reports the review will focus on setting up an independent reporting system so military members can share sexual harassment allegations outside the military chain of command.
  • CNN reports women around the world lost at least $800 billion in income last year due to disproportionate job losses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Nigerian women are taking action against a surge in rape and violence against women since the COVID-19 pandemic began
  • Ecuador’s top court decriminalizes abortion in cases of rape, a major step in the Catholic-majority country where women can face up to three years in prison for having an abortion.
  • The British government slashes its funding to the UN population fund for contraceptives and reproductive health supplies by 85 per cent in a move described as “devastating” for women and girls. 
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