News & Current Affairs

Women This Week: Around The World in 5

By Hillary Essien | Mar 26, 2023

This ongoing series highlights women's news and information about foreign policy. This week’s post covers March 20 to March 26.

Argentina

This week, a court in Argentina convicted two men for the rape and murder of 16-year-old Lucia Perez in 2016. 

In November 2018, both men had been convicted of drug dealing but the rape and femicide charges were thrown out because judges determined it could not be established whether there had been consent. 

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The United Kingdom

Lawmakers have approved plans to make street sexual harassment a crime with a jail sentence of up to two years.

Catcalling, following someone or blocking their path will become an offense in England and Wales under a bill backed by the government. While sexual harassment is already illegal, the bill aims to improve enforcement and targets street harassment.

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Morocco

On March 24, Morocco’s women football team moved up three spots to rank 73rd in FIFA’s latest ranking. The Atlas Lionesses are also the seventh-best team in Africa. 

The women's national football team earned respect for their eye-catching performances during the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON).

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Thailand

A former IT worker at the Australian embassy in Bangkok has been sentenced to two years' jail for installing tiny hidden cameras in women's bathrooms inside the secure government building.

Nayot "Bank" Thamsongsana, 39, was convicted in the Bangkok South Criminal Court after pleading guilty to two counts of committing an indecent act to persons over 15 years of age by threatening with any means.

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Women in Sports

On Saturday, sports streaming platform DAZN confirmed that more than 20 million viewers tuned into its free-to-air coverage of the UEFA Women’s Champions League (UWCL) group stages this season.

 

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