Maya Oppenheim, The Independent

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Recent articles by Maya:

Egg freezing laws not fit for purpose and force women into 'heartbreaking' scenario of destroying eggs

The UK law on egg freezing is not fit for purpose and can force women into the “heartbreaking” scenario of having their frozen eggs destroyed, leading medical organisations have warned. Egg freezing, a process which sees eggs gathered from a woman’s ovaries frozen and stored to be used at a later date in a bid to prolong fertility, has become radically more popular in recent → Read More

Women must understand costs and success rate of egg freezing

Egg freezing may have become significantly more popular in recent years but women need to be properly educated about the costs and success rate before embarking on the lengthy medical process. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the British Fertility Society (BFS) have called for women to be adequately informed about egg freezing in new research. → Read More

Transgender woman shot dead after using women’s bathroom in McDonald’s

A transgender woman has been fatally shot in Puerto Rico hours after someone called the police to inform them she had been using the women’s toilet at McDonald’s. Neulisa Luciano Ruiz was killed early on Monday morning in Toa Baja on the northern coast of Puerto Rico. → Read More

Harvey Weinstein rape conviction would not have happened in UK, warn campaigners

The landmark trial which saw Harvey Weinstein convicted of sexual assault and rape would not be possible in the UK because the criminal justice response to rape has gone “backwards”, campaigners have claimed. → Read More

Trump administration upholds 'one of its gravest attacks on abortion since election'

The Trump administration has upheld one of its gravest attacks on abortion since the election and clinics which offer the procedure could be forced to close, campaigners have warned. The frontline service providers’ stark warning comes after the US appeals court upheld rules which implement barriers for women who need abortions. → Read More

Woman prosecutes ex-boyfriend who doused her with petrol after police in Australia refused

A woman in Australia has prosecuted her former partner who soaked her in petrol after police refused to charge him with domestic abuse. Police told the woman, whose identity has not been revealed, they would not prosecute him in 2017 due to there being “a low level of public interest”. → Read More

Saudi Arabian rapper faces arrest over song about ‘powerful and beautiful women’

A female rapper in Saudi Arabia is facing arrest for her music video which celebrates women from the holy city of Mecca as “powerful and beautiful”. Authorities in the Middle Eastern country called for the musician – who goes by the name of Asayel Slay – as well as any individuals involved in producing the video to be arrested. → Read More

The history of violence in more than half of men who killed women in Britain

More than half of the female victims of killings in 2018 were attacked by men with a history of violence towards women, a chilling report has found. The latest Femicide Census revealed 149 women were killed by 147 men in the UK in 2018 – with almost two thirds of the victims killed by their current or ex-partner. → Read More

‘The boys’ network remains in full force’: Only 2 per cent of women in legal profession consider there to be true equality

Only 2 per cent of women working in the legal profession consider there to be true equality in the sector, a study has found – sparking fresh concern around misogynistic attitudes in the industry. The poll of 700 female barristers, solicitors and other women in the profession, found 58 per cent had either personally suffered sexism from male co-workers or seen others forced to → Read More

Murder of seven-year-old girl in Mexico City sparks mounting fury about brutal femicides

The brutal killing of a seven-year-old girl in the suburbs of Mexico City has sparked renwed anger about rates of femicide n the country. Fatima Cecilia Aldrighett’s family have accused the police and government of failing to protect the girl after her body was discovered wrapped in a bag on 11 February, in a rural area, according to some reports. → Read More

Domestic abuse is a public health issue that transcends the criminal justice system

Women who have suffered domestic abuse are 44 per cent more likely to die from any cause than the wider population – demonstrating the need for it to be viewed as a public health issue rather than solely a matter for the criminal justice system. → Read More

Women leaving prison almost three times less likely to be employed on release than men

Women released from prison are almost three times less likely to be employed on release than men leaving jail, a damning new report has found. The study, carried out by Prison Reform Trust and Working Chance, found fewer than one in 20 women were in employment six weeks after leaving prison, compared to more than one in ten men. → Read More

Female domestic abuse survivors '44 per cent more likely' to die from any cause

Women who have been subjected to domestic abuse are 44 per cent more likely to die from any cause than the wider population, a new study has found. Researchers at the University of Warwick and Birmingham discovered domestic abuse survivors are at increased risk of developing cardiometabolic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. → Read More

'This isn't humanity': Inside the Bahraini women's prison overseen by officials trained with UK money

“They are closing in on me and suffocating me,” says Hajer Mansoor. “This isn’t humanity.” The 51-year-old has been jailed in Isa Town, a notorious Bahraini prison condemned by the United Nations for its degrading treatment and poor conditions, for almost three years. → Read More

Judges reject bid to make Islamic marriages legally binding

A bid to make religious marriages legally binding in the UK has been rejected by judges, dashing the hopes of campaigners who say women are left penniless with no support after the break-up of sharia unions. → Read More

‘You could see their distress’: Women in prison far more likely to self-harm than male inmates

Women in prison are substantially more likely to self-harm than male inmates as the number of female prisoners affected hits its highest level in nearly a decade. → Read More

Number of women killed by a partner or ex rises by almost a third, figures show

The number of women killed by a partner or ex has risen by almost a third in just one year, new figures show. Data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show 80 women were killed by a current or ex-partner between April 2018 and March 2019 – a 27 per cent increase on the year before. The number of female victims of overall homicides in England and Wales rose by → Read More

Leaked photos of woman's brutal murder by partner sparks outrage in Mexico

The brutal murder of a young woman by her partner in Mexico has sparked mass outrage in the country, after photos of her mutilated body were leaked to the press. Ingrid Escamilla was stabbed to death and had her organs and skin removed, in what is believed to have been an attempt to hide evidence of her grisly murder. → Read More

Women seeking asylum in UK being made homeless and attempting suicide, chilling report finds

Women seeking asylum who suffered rape in their home country are being made homeless and experiencing further sexual violence in the UK, a chilling report has found. The study, published by Women for Refugee Women, found a third of the migrant women polled had attempted to take their own lives. → Read More

Senior police officer who groped and kissed female colleagues sacked

A senior police officer who groped and kissed several women he worked with has been sacked after being found guilty of gross misconduct. Ben Meakin, a detective inspector at Derbyshire Police, had a number of sexual misconduct allegations against him which took place on and off duty upheld at a drawn-out hearing where several women gave evidence. → Read More