What’s Current: Activists call for inquiry into trans-identified male appointed as head of rape crisis centre

  • Feminist campaigners are asking the Equality and Human Rights Commission to examine the appointment of Mridul Wadhwa, a trans-identified male, as CEO of Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre, a position that was advertised as open to women only. Wadhwa called rape survivors who objected to his appointment bigots who ought to “reframe their trauma.”
  • A viral TikTok video of a woman in China chained by her neck was the victim of human trafficking, authorities have confirmed. Xiaohuamei had been sold at least three times, the first time when she was 20-years-old.
  • A Mexican FIFA World Cup official has revealed that she was charged with a crime after reporting her rape to Qatari police. Paola Schietekat was charged with having “extramarital sex,” which is a crime in Qatar punishable by up to seven years in prison.
  • A government report on maternal mortality found that Black women in the United States were nearly three times as likely to die during or shortly after pregnancy during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic than white women.
  • According to Free Speech Union, Cardiff University defended violent threats and acts of vandalism committed by student trans activists as “free speech.” The intimidation campaign was directed at University staff who signed a letter critical of Stonewall.
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.