With major wins and protests all around the world, this week’s top news majorly covers all. Without a second thought, we can vouch for women’s strength and determination to fight their battles and stand for what’s right. Women have never shied away from supporting other women or positive movements.
This week’s top stories consist of Maria Ressa winning the Nobel Peace Prize 2021, a protest walk by a climate activist, and others. From the protests for Texas Abortion Bill to protests in Afghanistan, women have stood on their ground solidly. Let’s catch up with the top stories concerning women this week.
1. Bengal woman becomes first Indian civilian to scale peak above 8,000m without oxygen support
Piyali Basak, 31, has become the first Indian citizen to summit any peak beyond 8,000 meters without supplemental oxygen. Peaks above 8,000 meters in altitude are referred to as “eight-thousanders” in mountaineering. On the morning of October 1, she became the first woman to reach the summit of Nepal’s Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), the world’s seventh-highest peak.
2. UN Women statement for International Day of the Girl Child 2021
The International Day of the Girl Child is on 11 October 2021 with the theme “Digital generation. Our generation”. UN Women will continue to put girls at the centre of the digital revolution by supporting initiatives such as digital access and skill development, investments in feminist technology and innovation for social impact, new partnerships to build inclusive, transformative, and accountable innovation ecosystems, and the development of new tools to prevent and eliminate gender-based violence and discrimination online and through technology. And we’ll keep insisting that girls’ right to education, especially in ICT and STEM fields, is unalienable. The Global Acceleration Plan for Gender Equality, which UN Women and partners released in the framework of the Generation Equality Forum, was shaped in large part by the diverse voices of girls (GEF).
3. A climate activist protested in the Louis Vuitton show in Paris
Hier, j'ai infiltré le défilé Louis Vuitton la Fashion Week de Paris.
Ce n'est pas facile de se lancer dans un lieu où les puissants édictent les codes.
Mais l'urgence est trop grande. Le secteur de la mode ne peut nier la crise écologique.
Mon témoignage. pic.twitter.com/bZnGrDmuO8
— Marie Cohuet (@mariecohuet) October 6, 2021
A climate activist accompanied the models on the catwalk during the Louis Vuitton show at the Louvre museum, the closing event of Paris Fashion Week, carrying a white banner with the words “Overconsumption = Extinction” in strong block letters. Marie Cohuet, 26, walked the length of the catwalk and even posed for a few moments in front of the cameras before being escorted away by security officers. Ms. Cohuet subsequently said on Twitter, “We marched to demand that fashion realize that the world is burning.”
— Vanessa Friedman (@VVFriedman) October 7, 2021
4. Germany elected its first two transgender women to parliament
On Sunday, two German politicians made history by being elected to the country’s parliament. The Greens’ Tessa Ganserer and Nyke Slawik became the first transgender women to gain a parliamentary seat in Germany. Slawik has worked on topics such as climate change, equal rights, and fair pay. She hopes that by 2030, all of Germany’s transportation will be powered by renewable energy. According to Reuters, Ganserer, a mother of two, wants to amend the law to allow lesbian moms to adopt children.
5. Anshu Malik becomes first Indian woman wrestler to reach the world championship final
— United World Wrestling (@wrestling) October 6, 2021
Anshu Malik, the first Indian woman wrestler to reach the final of the World Championships, made history on Wednesday by defeating junior European champion Solomiia Vynnyk in the 57kg class. Anshu’s victory also secured India’s first medal in this year’s competition. The reigning Asian champion, Anshu, 19, dominated the semifinal from the start and triumphed by technical superiority in the 57kg division to make history.
6. Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov won the Nobel Peace Prize 2021
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize to Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov for their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace.#NobelPrize #NobelPeacePrize pic.twitter.com/KHeGG9YOTT
— The Nobel Prize (@NobelPrize) October 8, 2021
For their efforts to protect freedom of speech in the Philippines and Russia, journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. “Representatives of all journalists who stand up for this ideal,” the Nobel committee said of the two. They are well-known for investigations that have enraged the governments of their respective nations, and they have received serious threats. Following their victory, both came out in support of press freedom. Ms. Ressa, who co-founded the news site Rappler, was praised for utilizing the freedom of expression to “expose abuse of power, use of violence, and growing authoritarianism in her country Philippines.”
7. Aadhyaa Aravind Shankar becomes the first Indian to win Global Peace Photo Award
On World Peace Day, Aadhyaa Aravind Shankar, a 7-year-old from Bangalore, made history by being the first Indian to receive the Children’s Peace Image of the Year 2021. Her mother may be seen laying on her grandmother’s lap in the shot. Lap of Peace was her description for this heartwarming photo. She earned a monetary award of 1,000 euros and a medal in addition to becoming the first Indian to get the Global Peace Photo Award. Her winning photograph has been featured on friedaward.com as well as the website of the Austrian Parliament.