The Week in Women: House arrests, nanny scandals, and impeachment proceedings


What do Justin Trudeau, Uzbekistan’s first daughter, and Nutella have in common? Trouble, as it turns out. Over the past week, several key figures—and a delicious chocolatey snack—have landed themselves in serious hot water. Let’s take a look back, shall we?

Gulnara Karimova, the much-reviled daughter of Uzbekistani Prime Minister Islam Karimova, is reported to be under house arrest. Karimova was once viewed as a potential successor to her father, but is now under investigation for a series of bribes that may total more than a billion dollars. A leaked 2005 memo from the U.S. embassy claimed that most Uzbeks saw Karimova as “a greedy, power-hungry individual who uses her father to crush business people or anyone else who stands in her way.”

Impeachment proceedings have been launched against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, based on a court’s ruling that her administration violated fiscal responsibility laws by using money from state-run banks to fill budget gaps and subsidize social programs. Rousseff has strongly denied all accusations, and political analysts believe she will survive the proceedings. The impeachment process was instigated by Rousseff’s political opponent Eduardo Cunha, who has been accused of taking bribes and hiding millions in assets. The scheming! The subterfuge! It’s like an episode of House of Cards.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau came under fire this week after reports emerged that Marian Puego and Marilou Trayvilla, who were hired as nannies for Trudeau’s three children, had been placed on public payroll. Trudeau was swiftly denounced as a hypocrite because during the campaign leading up to his election, he attacked the opposition’s plan to include wealthy families like his own in the country’s universal childcare benefits. Outrage over the incident was so great that the Prime Minister’s office felt compelled to publicly address the issue. But hey, as far as nanny scandals go, this one isn’t so bad. Just ask Ben Affleck.



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