Top Stories Concerning Women This Week: 1 May

Here’s a roundup of this week’s top stories concerning women across the world.

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This week’s top stories include the rising concern about heart issues in young women, Samsung’s public apology for The Night owls campaign, P V Sindhu winning bronze in Asia Championships 2022, Deepika Padukone the only Indian actor on the jury for the 75th Cannes Film Festival and more.

-by Akansha

1. Female MPs talk about misogyny in Westminster

Even as Conservative whips said they were looking for the MP who made anonymous nasty remarks about Angela Rayner this week, one senior Tory minister was already making light of the situation.

Following the claim that Labour’s deputy leader was using a “Basic Instinct” approach to distract Boris Johnson, a male minister was heard making many suggestive comments about ladies crossing and uncrossing their legs in one of parliament’s bars. The statements, witnessed by a Westminster employee, are the latest manifestation of a macho attitude that the city is attempting to overcome.

Female parliamentarians claim that sexist and humiliating treatment on the parliamentary estate remains unabated. “Everyone has experienced misogyny; it’s absolutely widespread,” claimed Labour MP and shadow minister Alex Davies-Jones. “You know, comments about our appearance and what we’re wearing rather than what we’re saying.” Three cabinet ministers are thought to be among the more than 50 MPs who have been accused of sexual misconduct by the parliamentary watchdog.

2. Rising concern about heart issues in young women

According to Mayo Clinic cardiologists, there was a considerable increase in cases of cardiovascular illness in young women during the pandemic. According to cardiologists, a range of conditions affects women differently when it comes to heart health. Obesity and smoking in young women are two factors that contribute to poor heart health.

​​One of the most worrying trends, according to Dr. Mayra Guerrero, is the decline in awareness of heart problems. “And here we observed the numbers trending in the wrong direction in terms of heart disease awareness.”

According to Dr. Guerrero, “studies have indicated that in the previous decade, women have become less concerned about heart disease as a main cause of death. The “easy seven” actions that anyone can take to improve heart health are: regulating blood pressure, controlling cholesterol levels, lowering blood sugar, staying active, eating healthier, maintaining a healthy weight, and quitting smoking.

3. Samsung has requested a public apology for displaying a lady running alone at 2 a.m. in an advertisement

Some women’s running groups and safety campaigners have called the advertisement “unrealistic.” Samsung has informed Radio 1 Newsbeat that it was never their aim to do so “be unconcerned about current discussions about women’s safety.

A spokesperson from Samsung said: “​​The ‘Night owls’ campaign was designed with a positive message in mind: to celebrate individuality and freedom to exercise at all hours.

“It was never our intention to be insensitive to ongoing conversations around women’s safety. As a global company with a diverse workforce, we apologise for how this may have been received.”

In light of the death of Ashling Murphy on a run in January, Reclaim These Streets, a women’s safety movement, has termed it “tone-deaf.”

As a result, Esther Newman, editor of Women’s Running magazine and podcast, says this commercial is wrong since it “falsely represents the facts” that “women do not run at that time because we are too terrified to run.” She spoke with Radio 1 Newsbeat about it. “It’s quite startling. I don’t know any woman that would go out for a run at 2:00 a.m. Certainly not in a big city.”

4. Cases of high blood pressure during pregnancy continuously rise in the U.S

High blood pressure among pregnant women in the United States is on the rise, and it now occurs in at least one out of every seven hospital deliveries, according to a new federal analysis. High blood pressure during pregnancy can lead to serious consequences such as heart attack and stroke, and it is the biggest cause of pregnancy-related death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a news release announcing the findings. A hypertensive condition in pregnancy was present in approximately one-third of the women who died during childbirth.

The latest figures are “concerning,” according to Dr. Zsakeba Henderson, senior vice president, and medical officer at the March of Dimes.

​​Hypertensive disorders in pregnancy include both pre-pregnancy and post-pregnancy high blood pressure, as well as pre-pregnancy and post-pregnancy chronic high blood pressure. The study, which was published on April 29 in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, demonstrates the need for improved prevention, detection, and treatment of high blood pressure during pregnancy, according to the researchers.

5. An annual Banquet event was held by the Women’s care center

The Women’s Care Center raised more than $203,000 during this year’s annual banquet, held on April 21 and 22 at the Grand Pointe Conference Center in Vienna. The yearly event is held across two evenings, with the program being the same on both nights.

The two-evening accommodation allows the enormous crowd of more than 400 supporters to learn more about the center and its work in the community. Guests are offered the chance to financially engage with the authorized medical center to deliver free pregnancy care, limited obstetrical ultrasound, pregnancy options education, and STI testing and treatment in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

The facility got a grant to purchase a new 3D Ultrasound after exceeding their banquet fundraising goal. The banquet’s proceeds are all donated to patient services, which are all free and confidential.

Women’s Care Center is a Christ-centered medical facility that provides life-affirming pregnancy and sexual health options.

-by Shreya

6. Asia Championships 2022: P V Sindhu won the bronze medal

P V Sindhu, a star Indian shuttler, took bronze in the women’s singles semi-finals of the Badminton Asia Championships 2022 in Manila on Saturday after a breakout performance defeat against reigning world champion Akane Yamaguchi.

In a one-hour and six-minute match, the world No. 2 Japanese shuttler defeated former world champion, PV Sindhu, by scores of 13-21, 21-19, and 16-21. Sindhu has now won two bronze medals at the continental event. With Sindhu’s defeat, India’s participation in the Badminton Asia Championships is over.

Sindhu got off to a fast start, dominating the opening exchanges against Yamaguchi. The two-time Olympic medalist went on to win the first game with little difficulty.

The second game began at a similar pace, with Indian shuttler Sindhu racing to an 11-6 lead at the mid-game break. However, the world no. 7’s momentum was quickly shattered when she was penalized for failing to serve sooner. Yamaguchi took advantage of the opportunity and forced the match into a decider.

The third game was well controlled by the Japanese shuttler, who kept her cool in the decider to secure a spot in Sunday’s summit clash.

7. Deepika Padukone is the only Indian actor on the jury for the 75th Cannes Film Festival

Deepika Padukone has been chosen to be a member of the 75th Festival de Cannes’ exclusive and illustrious jury. The world’s most prestigious film gathering, as well as one of the world’s most widely publicized cultural events. Deepika Padukone, an Indian superstar, and philanthropist have been named to the international competition’s jury of eight people.

She has delivered some of the finest performances in Indian cinema throughout her illustrious career, many of which have received critical acclaim and been among the highest-grossing films of all time. She is also a two-time TIME honoree for her outstanding work that has inspired and influenced millions of people all over the world.

8. COVID-19 positive test for Vice President Kamala Harris

According to her office, Vice President Kamala Harris tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday using rapid and PCR tests. Harris, who received her second booster shot on April 1, didn’t show any symptoms. In a while we got the press secretary tweeted Tuesday evening that “the Vice President was prescribed and has taken Paxlovid after consultation with her physicians.”

Harris left on April 18 for California. She came back to Washington on Monday. According to ABC News, Harris arrived at the White House on Tuesday morning. In her routine testing protocol, she tested positive. According to sources, she did not attend any in-person meetings before testing. According to the White House, Biden and Harris spoke on the phone Tuesday afternoon.

9. Alia becomes the first Indian to be named to the list of the top ten influencers

Alia Bhatt, who was seen in the Bollywood film Gangubai Kathiawadi, recently became the talk of the town after she married her long-time beau and actor Ranbir Kapoor. She frequently uses social media to share glimpses of her life, and she has now topped an Instagram influence list that includes Tom Holland, Zendaya, Will Smith, and others.

Alia Bhatt comes up and is now the only Indian in the top ten, ranking sixth, ahead of Jennifer Lopez.

10. Malala Yousafzai, Nobel laureate as well as education activist, will speak in Beverly Hills

Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner and activist for education and equality, will visit Beverly Hills as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series. On Sunday, May 15, 2022, at 7:00 p.m., she will perform live at the Saban Theatre.

There are not too many young women who have made it out alive after an assassination plot, become the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner, or opened Europe’s largest library declaring that “pens and books are the weapons that will defeat terrorism.” Despite her achievements, Yousafzai doesn’t somehow consider herself exceptional. Yousafzai started her campaign for girls’ education at the age of eleven, clearly influenced by her father’s activism.

11. Seven Jharkhand girls in Fifa U-17 World Cup camp

Seven girls from Jharkhand’s tribal region made it to India’s FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup camp. The 33 girls’ camp will be organised under the India team’s coach, Thomas Dennerby. The world cup is scheduled to take place in India in October this year. The camp will be organised in Jamshedpur.

Players assembled in Jamshedpur features 12 players from the team that won the SAFF U-18 Women’s Championship title earlier this year. The camp for the SAFF U-18 was also held in Jamshedpur. The Fifa under-17 women’s World Cup would be played in Bhubaneswar, Goa and Mumbai.

The Secretary of the state football association, Ghulam Rabbani, called this move a significant development for women football in the state. “It is the first time that such a large number of our girls have been selected in the probables. It shows that besides hockey, tribal girls from Jharkhand are now starting to excel in football at the national level. It is a big achievement and we are hopeful that they would make it to the final team too,” Rabbani told The Telegraph.

Complete List Of 33 Players Called For The Camp

Forwards: Neha, Lavanya, Anita Kumari, Reshma, Vinothini, Dharshini, Laishram Rejiya Devi, Lynda Kom Serto.

Midfielders: Payal, Kalpana, Shailja, Moirangthem Ambika Devi, R Madhumathi, Loktongbam Shelia Devi, Babina Devi, Gladys Zonunsangi, Shubhangi Singh, Nitu Linda.

Defenders: Salima Kumari, Sudha Ankita Tirkey, Astam Oraon, Purnima Kumari, Julia Devi Yanglem, Bhumika Bharat Mane, Kajal, Varshika, Kajol Dsouza, Ngashepam Pinku Devi, Hemam Shilky Devi.

Goalkeepers: Monalisa Devi, Anjali Kumari Munda, Hempriya Seram, Keisham Melody Chanu.

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