Monday: International “women in the news” roundup

28 Mar

AFGHANISTAN: Afghan women’s rights activist and former member of Afghan parliament Malalai Joya was finally granted a U.S. travel visa after the ACLU and members of Congress protested her initial rejection.

CHINA: The Chinese government is set to execute two Filipino women convicted of drug trafficking even though the condemned women’s families claim they are victims of crime syndicates that falsely lured them with promises of legitimate jobs.

LIBYA: Libya’s government has freed the woman who burst into a Tripoli hotel full of foreign journalists to tell them she had been raped by Gaddafi’s government forces. UPDATE: NOT FREED. Jesus.

GREAT BRITAIN: The London Daily News claims that prostitution in London has risen dramatically in the last five years due to the recession, bringing the total number of sex workers in that city to over 10,000.

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