Plus: Women largely sidelined by new Sudanese government; former Sudanese president in court; Iranian women arrested for thwarting stadium ban; FIFA needs to act more quickly in case of abuse against Afghan women; little justice for rape survivors in England and Wales; new Australian rule for nursing homes puts older people at risk of harm; UN launches inquiry into hospital bombings in Syria; Hong Kong gearing up for more protests; and Polish Grandmas fight hatred.
Women and girls who want to attend major football matches in Iran have long had to disguise themselves as men and boys to thwart a ban that prohibits them from attending public sporting events. Last week, authorities in Iran arrested six women for doing just that, among them Zahra Khoshnavaz, a prominent advocate for ending the ban, and Forough Alaei, a leading photojournalist.
Speaking of football & women's rights... the international football association FIFA needs to act more swiftly on complaints and evidence brought by women players of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse by leaders of the Afghanistan Football Federation.
Recently-released UK Home Office data reveals that legal action is less likely to be taken for allegations of sexual violence than for any other category of crime in England and Wales. Despite a dramatic increase in the number of rape allegations a mere 1.5 percent of reported rapes led to a charge or summons between April 2018 and March 2019.
A new Australian government rule that allows nursing homes to overmedicate and restrain older people will be coming under scrutiny in a parliamentary inquiry this week. Older people in nursing homes are at serious risk of harm if this new care regulation is allowed to stand as is.