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THE HIGHLIGHTS

The WHO is focusing on violence against women. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

Between 2000 and 2018, the World Health Organization (aka the WHO) compiled data from 161 countries and areas on girls and women aged 15 and up. The goal: get definitive statistics on the prevalence of violence against women. It’s the largest-ever study on the topic. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

The results are out. Spoiler: almost 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual violence at least once in their lifetime. Nearly 1 in 4 women who’d been in a relationship have already experienced some kind of violence...by age 19. Overall, the vast vast vast majority of women faced violence at the hands of a husband or a partner. 

 

THE REACTION. 

If you’ve heard some version of those numbers before, it’s because it’s remained pretty much the same over the past decade. But the study is also reminding everyone that we’re in the middle of what some are calling a “shadow pandemic:” a surge in violence against women amidst the coronavirus pandemic, when many have been trapped at home with their abusers. It’s also bringing more attention to the US’s Violence Against Women Act, which expired in 2018. Now, Congress is reportedly planning to reauthorize it. 

 

THE TAKE. 

The study underscores just how many women have experienced some kind of violence - and spotlights the ongoing global abuse crisis amidst the pandemic. 


THE ACTION

CORONAVIRUS: More and more US states are expanding eligibility for the vaccines - including Alaska, which just became the first state to open it up to everyone over the age of 16. Nationwide, about 1 in 10 American adults have been fully vaccinated. That number is expected to rise exponentially over the next couple months as the US gets more vaccines. In fact, across the world, richer nations are administering about one vaccine dose every second. This comes as most poorer nations have yet to get a siiiiingle shot. Meanwhile, US lawmakers are looking to get more deets on the pandemic’s mental health toll. Stay tuned. 

 

POLITICS: Speaking of coronavirus - the House of Reps is set to greenlight Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus package today. After that, it’ll be sent to Biden’s desk, where he’s expected to sign it right away. Even though it doesn’t include the $15 minimum wage hike championed by progressives, Sen Bernie Sanders (D-VT) says it’s the “most significant legislation for working people that has been passed in decades.” In other news, the House of Reps just passed the so-called PRO Act. The bill would encourage unions and give workers more power to organize and collectively bargain for wages and benefits. It comes as Amazon workers at an Alabama warehouse are voting on whether to unionize. 

 

WORLD: For pretty much forever, women weren’t allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia. Untilll 2018, when the country finally waved goodbye to the ban. Only a slight problem...the country also locked up one of its most well-known women’s rights activists, Loujain al-Hathloul. Al-Hathloul spent years leading the campaign against the ban on driving. She also spent years in prison for apparently “agitating” the gov. She was released on probation last month, but she’s still subject to a travel ban and other restrictions. In response, al-Hathloul tried to appeal...to which the country just said ‘no way.’ Meanwhile, a second official from Aung San Suu Kyi’s party just died in military detention, prompting fears of torture. This comes after Myanmar’s military jailed officials and took control of the country in a coup. 


WHAT TO KNOW

UC Davis:” what’s offering students $75 to stay home over spring break. BRB, enrolling at UC Davis. 


SAY WHAT?

“Shoe Zone announces Terry Boot as next finance boss - replacing Peter Foot” - an actual headline. We’re picking up on a pattern here…

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