What’s Current: Saudi women’s rights activist given 34 year prison sentence over tweets advocating women’s rights

  • Activist Salma al-Shehab is sentenced to 34 years in Saudi Arabian prison, the longest sentence ever handed to a women’s rights defender in the kingdom, over her social media campaigns for Saudi women’s freedom.
  • A man is appointed as Scotland’s first “period dignity officer” to promote menstrual health in schools, sparking criticism that the position should have gone to a woman.
  • Pakistani doctor and international women’s health champion Nafis Sadik has passed away aged 92 in her New York home.
  • Eleven men serving life terms for raping a pregnant Muslim woman and murdering her family members during India’s 2002 Gujarat riots are released from prison by the government.
Meghan McCarty

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