While women conquer major fields in the world, they also act as an inspiration to millions of young girls out there. They spread the message of resilience, determination, confidence, and possibility. This week several achievements and firsts for women around the globe.
From decisions in women’s favor in court to various innovations, this week’s top news is filled with events. News of Sweden’s first female PM, new women safety features by Meta, Ananya Bansal, and Kashish Lakra at Asian Youth Para Games 2021, and others constitute this week’s top stories concerning women. Without further ado, let’s catch up on it.
1. Taliban bans forced marriage of women in Afghanistan
In Afghanistan, the Taliban has published an edict against forced marriage, stating that women should not be treated as “property” and must consent to marriage. Hibatullah Akhunzada, the Taliban’s reclusive chief, proclaimed the decree on Friday from Kandahar, Afghanistan’s southern metropolis. The proclamation said that “Both (women and men) should be equal “ and that “no one can force women to marry by coercion or pressure.” A widow will now be able to remarry 17 weeks after her spouse’s death, with the freedom to choose her new husband, according to the organization.
2. Ananya Bansal opens India’s medal tally with silver at Asian Youth Para Games
Such a great beginning of Asian Youth Para Games Bahrain ,Ananya Bansal -F20, athlete with intellectual impairment has secured silver. Yet again a girl opens the account for India just as Tokyo. Perfect day to celebrate the win #IDPWD2021 @ianuragthakur @Media_SAI pic.twitter.com/EXjINUt9rA
— Deepa Malik (@DeepaAthlete) December 3, 2021
Ananya Bansal won silver in shotput for India at the Asian Youth Para Games 2021 in Bahrain, kicking off India’s medal count in the Tokyo Olympics this year. She participated in the F20 division and threw an amazing 7.05 meters. According to sources, Bansal has an intellectual disability. Deepa Malik, the head of the Indian Paralympic Committee(PCI) praised her.
3. Anju Bobby George wins Woman of the Year Award from World Athletics
Truly humbled and honoured to be awarded Woman of the Year by @WorldAthletics
There is no better feeling than to wake up everyday and give back to the sport, allowing it to enable and empower young girls!
Thank you for recognising my efforts. 😊😊 pic.twitter.com/yeZ5fgAUpa
— Anju Bobby George (@anjubobbygeorg1) December 1, 2021
World Athletics has honored legendary Indian athlete Anju Bobby George with the Woman of the Year Award for her work in developing talent in the nation and advocating for gender equality. Bobby George, the only Indian to win a medal at the International Championships, with a bronze in the long jump in the 2003 edition, was honored at the world body’s annual awards ceremony on Wednesday. “A constant voice for gender equality in her role as Senior Vice President of the Indian Athletics Federation, Bobby George also mentors schoolgirls for future leadership positions within the sport,” said World Athletics in a release.
4. Kashish Lakra wins gold as India bags three medals at Asian Youth Para Games
🇮🇳 WINS 3️⃣ 🏅#TeamIndia 🇮🇳 continues its medal run at the ongoing Asian Youth Para Games 2021 with 3 more 🏅
▪️Club Throw(W) @KashishLakra (F51) wins GOLD 🥇
▪️Javelin Throw(M) Laxit (F54) wins BRONZE 🥉
▪️Shotput(M) Sanjay R. Neelam (F11) wins BRONZE 🥉
— SAI Media (@Media_SAI) December 3, 2021
On Friday, December 3, the Indian contingent at the current 2021 Asian Youth Paralympic Games added three more medals to their remarkable performance at the tournament. Kashish Lakra (F51), a Tokyo Paralympian, won gold in the club throw for India. The Sports Authority of India (SAI) used its official social media account to congratulate all of the medal-winning Indian Paralympians on their outstanding performance in this year’s Asian Youth Paralympic Games.
And it's a goal… one of our youngest Paralympians shows her mettle when placed in her own age group… the experience and confidence earned playing among seniors has translated into Gold at youth games. Cheers to our Golden girl. #KashishLakra #BahrainAYPG21 https://t.co/NBHxKYFSKK
— Deepa Malik (@DeepaAthlete) December 3, 2021
5. Sweden picks First Female PM
Magdalena Andersson, who served as Sweden’s first female Prime Minister for a few hours last week before quitting due to a coalition partner’s resignation due to a budget loss, was re-elected as the country’s leader on Monday.
She will establish a minority government with only one party. On Tuesday, the Cabinet is anticipated to be announced. She will be formally inaugurated after an audience with Sweden’s figurehead king, King Carl XVI Gustav. “It feels nice, and I’m excited to get started,” Ms. Andersson said of her new job.
6. Parties demand women’s reservation bill be brought to Parliament
Several parties asked on Sunday at an all-party meeting that the women’s reservation law be debated in parliament’s Winter Session, according to sources. According to them, the TMC, YSR Congress, and DMK were among the parties that proposed the measure be brought up for consideration in the session beginning Monday. The parties agreed that it is past time for women to be granted equal representation in the country’s policymaking.
7. Teen girl develops soil analysis tool using Artificial Intelligence
Nandani Kushwaha, a 14-year-old from Uttar Pradesh, was recently named one of the country’s top 20 young innovators for her artificial intelligence-based invention. Kushwaha, who hails from a hamlet in the Lalitpur area, was honored for her efforts at the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi. Kushwaha created a data-driven AI tool to determine which crop is most suited to the soil. She was able to do so by analyzing the nutritious components in the soil. At the occasion, Kushwaha was the sole person from Uttar Pradesh to get an award.
8. Australian Minister asked to stand down after accusations of an abusive affair
On Thursday, Australia’s Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, said that he had requested the country’s education minister to resign temporarily while an inquiry into claims of an abusive extramarital affair is conducted. Alan Tudge, the minister, was charged on Thursday with physically and mentally assaulting a former employee. Despite his denial of the charges, he has consented to PM’s request that he step aside while the department deals with the concerns in order for the issues to be resolved equitably.
9. Italy gives refuge to National Geographic’s green-eyed ‘Afghan Girl’
Sharbat Gula, the green-eyed “Afghan Girl” whose 1985 portrait in National Geographic became a symbol of her country’s conflicts, has been granted asylum in Italy, according to Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s office. According to a statement, the government intervened when Gula requested assistance in leaving Afghanistan following the Taliban’s takeover in August, and her entrance was part of a larger campaign to evacuate and integrate Afghan people.
10. Susan Arnold is the First Woman elected as Chairman of the Board Of Walt Disney
Susan Arnold, a former Carlyle Group and Procter & Gamble executive, is now the chairman of the Walt Disney Company’s Board of Directors. Bob Iger has been succeeded by her. Her achievement is noteworthy since it is the first time in Walt Disney’s 98-year history that a woman has been chosen for this position. On December 31, she will assume the role of chairperson. She will bring to the position worldwide consumer goods marketing experience. She is well-versed in Disney’s distinctive culture, having served on the board for 14 years.