What’s Current: Taliban asks women working at Afghanistan’s finance ministry to give their jobs to men

A teacher in Afghanistan. Only female healthcare workers and teachers can still go to work. (Image: Aamir Qureshi/Getty Images)
  • Women working at Afghanistan’s finance ministry are asked by the Taliban to send a male relative to replace them, one year after women were banned from holding public-sector jobs.
  • A trans-identified male involved in trafficking a seven-year-old girl to create child exploitation material with a “trans porn” company is transferred to New Jersey’s only women’s prison. The Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women recently came under fire for allowing a trans-identified male inmate to impregnate two female prisoners.
  • Spain’s top court rules the minimum height requirement for female officers in Spain’s police force is discriminatory, scrapping the 1.60 metre (5 feet 3 inch) minimum for women.
  • England’s heatwave plan says females are among those most vulnerable to extreme high temperatures, as data suggests heat-related mortality is higher in women than in men.
  • An influential forum on Reddit bans the word “groomer” under its hate speech policy, claiming the term is an “anti-LGBT slur.”
Meghan McCarty

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