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Marine Corps Col. Lorna Mahlock has been nominated to serve as the first black female brigadier general in US history. Mahlock is currently the deputy director of the Operations, Plans, Policies, and Operations Directorate at the Marine Corps headquarters in Washington.

Syrian Kurdish women are setting up an all-female village near the northeast Syrian town of Dirbesiye, along the border with Turkey, with the explicit aim to provide sanctuary for women from war and violence. “The village not only focuses on creating a refuge from war, it also aims to work toward gender equality by empowering women," said Nojin, a member of the Jinwar building committee.

After women complained about instances of sexual harassment during the annual Songkran festival in Thailand, which features water fights in the street, Thai officials told them to dress more conservatively this year to avoid it. Women have responded with a hashtag movment, #DontTellMeHowToDress, started by Thai-American model Cindy Bishop that echoes the #MeToo movement. 


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Mississippi just approved the earliest abortion ban in the country by prohibiting abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Kentucky recently banned the procedure used in most abortions after 11 weeks. Legislatures in Ohio and South Carolina are weighing total prohibitions of the procedure, while Iowa is considering a ban as soon as a heartbeat is detected. Anti-abortion lawmakers believe one of these bills could make it to the Supreme Court, and they hope a one-seat conservative flip could result in a decision that overturns Roe v. Wade. 

The International Association of Athletics Federations approved a new policy regulating testosterone in female atheltes that applies only to track events between 400 and 1500 meters. The highly selective distances are those in which South African superstar Caster Semenya, long criticized for her "masculine" body, excels. The ruling is supposedly based on a scientific study, although the study had no findings in the 1500 meter race and mentioned hammer throw and pole vault, two events in which Semenya does not compete and the new ruling does not mention. 

Japan's sumo association has requested that girls be prevented from participating in events showcasing the traditional sport. A spokesperson said the decision was due to safety concerns, and that the association thought possible scars and injuries could have a different effect on girls than boys.