This has been yet another remarkable week for women in various fields. There have been some major announcements and news regarding female athletes. Let’s look at some of the top stories concerning women this week.
1.Captain Mithali Raj Scores 10000 International Runs
India’s 3rd ODI against South Africa witnessed another remarkable feat by the Indian Women Cricket team’s captain, Mithali Raj. She is the first Indian woman and the second overall player to reach this milestone. Raj has joined former England player Charlotte Edwards, who was the first woman to complete 10000 international runs. Raj achieved this feat in her 212th ODI for India with a boundary against South African pacer Anne Bosch. The star player, who made her international debut in June 1999 against Ireland, has also scored 663 runs in 10 Test matches and 2964 runs in 89 in T20Is in her career up till now.
2. Bhavani Devi Becomes India’s First-ever Fencer to Qualify for the Olympics
Slicing through the barriers with her sword, CA Bhavani Devi from Tamil Nadu has become the first Indian fencer to make it to the Tokyo Olympics 2021. She secured the 45th rank and qualified through the Adjusted Official Ranking Method. “Congratulations to Indian fencer Bhavani Devi who has qualified for Tokyo Olympics! She has become the 1st ever Indian fencer to achieve the feat. My best wishes to @IamBhavaniDevi,” Union Sports Minister Kiran Rijiju tweeted congratulating Bhavani Devi. The Tokyo Olympics are all set to begin from 23rd July 2021.
3. Delhi Government’s ‘Saheli Samanvay Kendra’ Initiative for Women Employment
Keeping in mind the rising concerns of women’s employment, the government of Delhi has recently announced a new scheme to tackle this issue. According to deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, the ‘Saheli Samanvay Kendra’ will set up 500 Anganwadi hubs to boost individual start-ups and self-help groups in Delhi. Approximately Rs 4,750 crore has been set aside for the Department of Social Welfare, women and Child Development, and welfare of SC/ST/OBC. Mr. Sisodia also announced the formulation of 33 self-help units to make more women aware of such initiatives.