What’s Current: Number of UK women and girls seeking help over forced virginity testing skyrockets

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  • The number of women in the U.K. contacting charities for support due to worries surrounding “virginity testing” has escalated, as have reports of hymenoplasty. Families seek a certificate verifying supposed virginity status as a “badge of honour.”
  • Indigenous women incarcerated in Canberra’s prison system were found to have been forced to undergo strip searches at twice the rate of other inmates, sometimes in front of male guards.
  • A New South Wales parliamentary committee unanimously recommended criminalizing coercive control, a move praised by domestic violence and family support groups.
  • Recent data reveals that women held only 5.9 per cent of director-level government positions in Japan during the year 2020.
  • A young woman in Zimbabwe who claims to have been acting in self-defense against a would-be sexual predator has been charged with murder, prompting outcry.
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.