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The Week in Women: Tragedy in Brussels, dissent in Cuba, and an unusual love story in Australia  

Adelma Tapia Ruiz. (via Facebook)

It was a difficult week in news, with the terror attack in Brussels casting a long shadow across the globe. But amidst the tragedy, there were also sunny moments. Let’s take a look back at both:

Adelma Tapia Ruiz, a 36-year-old Peruvian woman living in Brussels, was one of the first fatalities of the deadly Brussels attacks to be identified. Tapia Ruiz had planned to travel to New York with her twin, three-year-old daughters. One of her children, Maureen, sustained shrapnel wounds to the arm; the other, Alondra, was unharmed. “We danced together at an event for Women’s Day just recently,” Lady Sindey Jouany, a friend of Tapia Ruiz, told the New York Times. “She was a very active woman. I’m still in shock.” You can read more about the victims of the attack here.

Dozens of protesting women were arrested in Cuba, just hours before President Obama landed in the country for a historic visit. Members of “Ladies in White,” a Cuban dissident group formed by the wives of former political prisoners, had gathered at a Havana church to protest the country’s communist government. They were quickly ushered into police vans, but authorities would not say why they had been detained. Though the White House had said that Obama would discuss human rights issues with Cuban leaders, activists on the scene were not won over. “You said you would not come here unless there had been advances in human rights,” said Ladies in White leader Berta Soler, addressing the president. “[A]nd that hasn’t happened.”

Now, for some good—albeit unusual—news: an Australian woman has married the anonymous sperm donor who fathered her child. In 2012, Aminah Hart gave birth to a baby girl who was conceived through in vitro fertilization. Her mother then tracked down the sperm donor, who had indicated in his paperwork that he would be open to meeting any children conceived through his donations. Said donor, Scott Anderson, and Hart ultimately fell in love and got married. Their story is notable for being a very 21st-century romance, and also for being the first time in history that a woman can thank her mother for meddling in her love life.

And here’s a story that might make you giggle (or cry, depending on your perspective): Sarah Palin has been tapped to star in a Judge Judy-style courtroom reality show. The series is being developed by the Montana-based production company Warm Springs, and will premiere in the fall of 2017 if it is picked up by a network. Incidentally—and this is really no big deal—Palin does not have a Juris Doctor degree. But as an unnamed source told People, “Palin’s telegenic personality, wide appeal and common sense wisdom make her a natural for this kind of format and she was Warm Springs’ top pick for this project.” We’re sure “telegenic personality” and “wide appeal” are also the qualities that drove Obama’s Supreme Court selection.

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