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Indonesian women who underwent ‘virginity testing’ in the army and police since 1965 speak out

Indonesian women soldiers

Indonesian women applicants who underwent the mandatory ‘virginity testing’ for the Indonesian Military (TNI) and National Police over the years are now speaking out about their experience. 

Invasive tests: The practice, which involved inserting two fingers into the vagina, was described as “painful,” “uncomfortable” and “degrading” by the women who were subjected to it, reported Jakarta Post. 

#MeToo leader Tina Tchen resigns due to criticism that she did not support Gov Cuomo sexual harassment accuser

Times Up CEO Tina Tchen resigns, #metoo

Tina Tchen officially announced her resignation as Time’s Up CEO amid the aftermath of Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s sexual harassment scandal.

The resignation: In her Twitter post on Thursday, Tchen, the former chief of staff for Michelle Obama, said she was not the leader who could help Time’s Up, a women’s rights organization and legal fund, move forward and evolve, CNN reported.

Afghanistan’s youngest female mayor fears for her family’s safety as Taliban takes over

Afghanistan female mayor fears for her life

A female Afghan mayor aired a plea of desperation as the Taliban’s control of Afghanistan sparks concerns for the safety of women in the country, particularly activists, journalists and politicians like her.

Potential target: In a recent interview with iNews, Maidan Wardak province mayor Zarifa Ghafari lamented that the extremist group “will come for people like me and kill me” as it advances aggressively across the country.

Iranian Woman Sets Herself on Fire Over Fear of Jail For Going to a Soccer Game

An Iranian woman, known as “Blue Girl,” who set herself on fire to allegedly protest the jail sentence she received for attempting to watch a football game, also suffered from bipolar disorder, according to her family.

Sahar Khodayari, 29, passed away at a hospital in Tehran on Sept. 9, a week after setting herself ablaze in front of a court in the Iranian capital.

Woman Who Drafted ‘Sexual Assault Survivor’s Bill of Rights’ Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize

Amanda Nguyen, the woman who drafted the Sexual Assault Survivor’s Bill of Rights, has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

Nguyen, who was raped in college back in 2013, worked with New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen to create legislation that would establish consistent rules and procedures for prosecuting sexual assault crimes.

Saudi Arabia Begins Issuing Driver’s Licenses to Women in Historic Moment

Saudi Arabia has finally started issuing driver’s licenses to women after King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud signed a royal decree last year allows rights to drive in what is being considered a historical moment.

On Monday, the general traffic directorate officially replaced the internationally recognized driving licenses that many women in the country have with official Saudi licenses, according to Saudi Press Agency (SPA) via Al Jazeera.

‘Obedient Wife’ School in China Shuts Down After Extreme Backlash

Authorities closed a controversial school in northeastern China that trains women to be submissive to men following a massive outcry on social media.

The Fushun School of Traditional Culture, run by the Fushun Traditional Values Association in Liaoning Province, taught what it called “traditional Chinese virtues,” requiring students to wake up at 4:30 each morning and log eight hours of household chores under supervision.