What’s Current: Two prominent Saudi women’s rights activists released from prison

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  • Saudia Arabia releases prominent women’s rights activists Samar Badawi and Nassima al-Sadah, who were imprisoned for nearly three years for challenging the country’s male guardianship system.
  • Women in Pakistan are protesting Prime Minister Imran Khan’s suggestion that there would be fewer sexual assaults if women dressed more modestly in response to an interview question about Pakistan’s “rape epidemic.”
  • A group of student activists are fighting to end forced “virginity tests” at schools in Mongolia. The United Nations condemned the worldwide practice in 2018, but girls in Mongolia say they are still forced to undergo the “traumatic” practice.
  • A Frenchwoman who killed her stepfather turned husband after nearly two decades of abuse walks free after being found guilty. Valerie Bacot was sentenced to four years in prison with three of those years suspended after already serving a year in prison. 
Meghan McCarty

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