Ascend brings you biweekly reports on issues that affect women and nonbinary people of color from all over the world. All these stories have been buried by the breaking news.
Trigger warning: r*pe
1. Oregon now allows trans individuals to amend their birth records without going to court. The simplified process, which makes Oregon the second state in the United States to approve court-less name and gender-identification changes for trans individuals, will take effect in January 2018. source
2. Medical treatment for trans children. International doctors have been working to rewrite clinical guidelines for when and how to medically treat trans children. Watch the video here.
1. Refugees from South Sudan flock to Uganda for safety. Seventeen-year-old Blessing Akujo and her fellow refugees have fled to Northern Uganda’s Imvepi Refugee Camp in search of safety and sanctuary. Blessing is one of thousands of people who escaped their homes in South Sudan as the brutal civil war that began in 2013 continues to grow violent. The refugee camp in Northern Uganda now shelters more than 75,000 people. source
1. Oppression of women in Saudi Arabia. The UN Watch has called Saudi Arabia “the largest oppressor of women” as Saudi Arabian women are subjected to life under the restrictive guardianship of males in their families. Ninety-six-year-old Naila Mohammed Saleh Nasief says she still needs her son’s permission to do everything. “I felt I am not human,” she adds. source
2. The safety of Indian women. In India, the safety of women is being questioned as two violent gang r*pes have been reported in the span of a week. source
3. Trans individuals in Japan scramble to get basic needs. Although Japan displays an “illusion” of openness towards trans individuals, they still struggle to find homes and apartments, obtain jobs, and receive acceptance from society. A Japanese trans man named Tomoya Hosoda believes being confident about his identity may be a start in changing attitudes towards trans people. “I wanted to show children in elementary or junior high school that I exist here,” he says. source
1. White feminism. Solidarity in the Netherlands is only for white women and not Dutch people of color, this opinion piece from the Washington Post argues.
alyssa navarro is a 19-year-old filipina writer and activist. she worked as a reporter for a new york-based site before returning to university to study psychology. she believes armed revolution by the masses is key to dismantling systems of oppression. she tweets @ysabarro.