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Jessica Nabango, a former UN employee and travel blogger, is seeking to become the first black woman to visit every country on Earth. She's travelled to over 100 countries and has 89 to go before her 34th birthday in May 2019. Nabango's mission is to inspire other women and people of color to travel the world and do the same. 

The Screen Actors Guild recently issued new guidelines that include a call to end auditions and professional meetings in private hotel rooms and homes. 

A number of prominent Olympians, including Lindsay Vonn, Chloe Kim, Gus Kenworthy, and Adam Rippon, skipped Team USA's visit to the White House to meet with President Trump. Rippon wrote on Twitter:  "Olympians from the 2018 Games have been invited to go to the White House today. I will not be going. I will not stand with people who discriminate against those that they perceive as different. In lieu of going to DC, I have donated to a few of my favorite causes."


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In meetings at the United Nations in March, American officials from the Trump administration consistently advocated for socially conservative women's rights policies that included abstinence based sex education and anti-abortion measures. According to meeting attendees, the views were more right wing than almost every other country present, including Russia and Arab states. 

Last week, a court ruling in Spain acquitted five men accused of gang-raping a teenage girl during a popular festival, despite clear evidence and a concession that the action occurred. Under Spain's criminal code, evidence of violence or intimidation must exist for the offense of rape to be proved, a difficult standard to meet. 

President Trump and his administration are debating fulfilling a prominent campaign promise to cut off Title X family planning funding to Planned Parenthood and other abortion service providers, a move prompted by Kellyanne Conway's visit to the president last week. The move could force Planned Parenthood and others to choose between ending abortion referrals and losing federal funding.