Local: State of Virginia to hold annual ‘Women in Innovation’ conference Sep. 22. This event is an opportunity for women across the state to come together, talk about their personal endeavors, and encourage the next generation of women leaders. News Article: https://www.wavy.com/news/virginia/virginia-to-hold-annual-women-in-innovation-conference-sept-22/
National: Texas recently passed legislation banning abortions after a heartbeat can be detected. This was put into effect as of September 1, 2021. This has caused a ripple effect, and other parties have received backlash from the state’s decision. Since September 1, Planned Parenthoods in neighboring states have received an influx of patients traveling from Texas to receive services. News article: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2021/09/10/us/politics/texas-abortion-law-facts.amp.html
International: Chechnya, the small republic in the Russian Federation, has been accused by human rights organizations and leaders around the world of engaging in purges around people who identify as LGBTQ. Reports claim incidents as early as 2017 but the Kremlin denies any wrongdoing on the Chechen government’s part.
News article: https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/08/new-anti-gay-abuses-hit-russias-chechnya-hrw-a65530