Hey! So, I’m not at SkepchickCon, which is bad news for me, but at least you guys still get your weekly world news roundup.
Sports authorities refuse to record Elham Sadat Asghari’s record of swimming 20km in the Caspian Sea because her bathing suit was too revealing: she was wearing a diving suit, a jacket, a head scarf and had to swim back and forth in a women only beach. (from Antoinette Marie)
Almost 100 women were sexually assaulted in 4 days during the protests in Tahrir Square. Some men have begun forming a human shield to protect female protesters.
A picture of a women’s conference with all male attendants is making the rounds. (from Antoinette Marie)
A 4000 year-old Inca pyramid at an archeological site was destroyed by real estate developers.
THE GOOD, COOL, INTERESTING OR JUST WEIRD:
Canada has granted refuge to the Pakistani girl who was jailed for blasphemy. A Muslim cleric accused her of burning the Qur’an, but the case against her was dropped and the cleric was accused of fabricating the evidence. The girl and her family had to spend months in hiding.
“Somethings can’t be covered”: First anti-domestic violence ad in Saudi Arabia.
Conservatives in the Legislative Assembly accidentally vote in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage when they failed to notice that the proposed change in wording would allow it. The president says she will not veto the bill, but will probably be challenged in court.
The Not Ever campaign tackles the “she was asking for it” attitude towards victims of sexual violence. Here’s their video:
Featured image: Elham Sadat Asghari in her 6kg swim suit.