What’s Current: New Jersey to house inmates based on gender identity instead of sex following ACLU lawsuit

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  • The state of New Jersey will house inmates according to gender identity rather than sex as a result of a legal settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). NBC News reports: 

“New Jersey’s policy will also establish intake and identification procedures that include questions about gender identity and pronouns, and it will recognize self-attestations, which means someone doesn’t have to prove their gender identity through invasive searches or other means.

The policy will also prohibit staff harassment and discrimination based on a person’s actual or perceived gender identity, and will guarantee gender-affirming undergarments, clothing and other personal property, among other policy changes.”

  • The Spanish Cabinet passed a draft bill which would allow sex self-identification without a medical referral beginning at the age of 16. Feminist organizations accuse the government of ignoring women as protests against sex self-identification took place in 19 cities across the country on Saturday.
  • Four of the world’s largest social media networking companies — Facebook, Twitter, Google, and TikTok have signed a pledge put forward by the World Wide Web Foundation (WWWF) promising to overhaul their moderation systems in order to address online abuse of women. 
  • Thousands of pregnant women in England were denied mental health care as a result of the pandemic, according to analysis from psychiatrists. Up to one in five women experience mental health issues, including anxiety and depression, during pregnancy or after birth.
  • Hidalgo became the third Mexican state to decriminalize abortion. Currently, only Oaxaca and Mexico City also allow women to terminate a pregnancy.
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.