As a woman, you are bound to notice success, failure, praise, trolling, and whatnot on a daily basis. Let’s analyze how has the past week has fared with respect to womenfolk.
1.Budget 2021 and Women
The Ministry of Women and Child Development has seen an elevation of 16% of its budget allotment as compared to last year with announcements of some new schemes such as Saksham Anganwadi and Mission Poshan 2.0. On the other hand, the budget for the Protection and Empowerment of women has shrunk from Rs 726 crore to Rs 48 crore.
2.Increase in Modern Methods of Contraception
According to a report published by FP2020 (Family Planning 2020), a global partnership supporting the rights of women and girls, over 137 Million Women in India now have access to modern contraception methods. In the backdrop of unsafe abortions and unwanted pregnancies, this is an excellent milestone to achieve as a country for women’s health and safety. The government of India has pledged over 1 Billion for promoting family planning in the next couple of years.
3.Tokyo Olympics Grabs Limelight for All the Wrong Reasons
Yoshiro Mori, former Prime Minister of Japan, and current head of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee fell into trouble for his comments on women. When asked about the presence of few women on the board of the Japanese Olympic Committee, Mr. Mori retaliated saying “If we are going to have more women directors, someone has remarked, then meetings go on for a long time unless we restrict the comments. I’m not saying who that is.” His comments suggesting that women talk a lot were met with strong backlash and demand for his resignation. Mr. Mori has since apologized for his comments in a Japanese Newspaper: Mainichi.
4.The Comeback of Women One-day International and T20 after Almost an Entire Year
Indian women team is all set up with a comeback against South Africa in March 2021 for five One-Day Internationals and three T20Is. This will be their return on the field after their defeat against Australia in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, almost a year ago in March 2020.
5.Vaccine for Cervical Cancer
A vaccine preventing the grim Cervical cancer is now available in India. Cervical cancer is the result of sexually transmitted infections by a virus called papillomavirus (HPV). It can be detected through a procedure called the pap smear test. Currently, Adolescent girls and young-adults between 13-26 years in India are eligible for the HPV vaccine preventing Cervical Cancer.