What’s Current: Sweden ends use of puberty blockers for children under 16

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  • Sweden’s Karolinska Hospital issued a new policy statement ending the practice of prescribing drugs dubbed “puberty blockers” for children under 16. As a result, Sweden has become the first country to explicitly stop following the Dutch protocol and deviate from guidances put forward by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH).
  • At least 160 women have been killed in Guatemala and over 20,000 complaints of violence against women were filed during the first four months of 2021. Women on social media are calling for awareness and an end to femicide on social media with the hashtag #TengoMiedo, which translates to, “I am afraid.”
  • Women in Montreal launched a protest in response to a police investigation of a Telegram chat group with over 3,000 members sharing digital sexual abuse content, including pornographic images of minors and women who had been drugged.
  • Incidents of random attacks by men on women in Khartoum are on the rise as part of a social media campaign orchestrated to punish women that are deemed to be dressed immodestly.
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.