This week we have witnessed the world celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women while also highlighting the issues faced by them on various platforms on the occasion of International Women’s Day.
Here are a few such highlights about the same in this week’s top stories concerning women:
1. Celebrating the solution multipliers
The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow.”
This year’s campaign is represented by the #BreakTheBias hashtag and calls on people to work towards a world that is equitable, inclusive, and free from bias and discrimination so the playing field is levelled for women moving forward.
” We have today the opportunity to put women and girls at the centre of our planning and action and to integrate gender perspectives into global and national laws and policies. We have the opportunity to re-think, re-frame and re-allocate resources. We have the opportunity to benefit from the leadership of women and girls environmental defenders and climate activists to guide our planet’s conservation. We need Indigenous women’s inter-generational knowledge, practices and skills. ” Sima Bahous, executive director of UN Women, said.
2. US representative asks Taliban to protect women’s rights if it wants international recognition
US Department of State’s special representative for Afghan women Rina Amiri said that the Taliban must protect the rights of women if they want international legitimization. Rina Amiri added that Afghan women should not only work in the health and education sector but in all sectors of public life.
“Afghan women should be allowed to participate in all peaceful demonstrations. The women should have the freedom of expression, freedom of travel, and all those freedoms that Islam has given to women and Afghanistan are bound to.” Said Amiri.
The concern of the World Community over the rights of women in Afghanistan comes as the Taliban have denied violation of the rights and have been reasoning that they are well committed to the rights of women.
3. Women’s share in judiciary abysmal, SC saw only 11 judges since 1950: Justice Indira Banerjee
The United Nations General Assembly had, on April 28 last year, resolved to mark March 10 of every year as International Day of Women Judges. India was among the nations that sponsored the resolution.
For the first time, the Supreme Court of India this week commemorated the International Day of Women Judges. Justice Indira Banerjee pointed to the number of lady judges in various courts to say that the state of representation of women in the judiciary has been “abysmal” since the country’s independence.
The representation of women in the Indian judiciary is “abysmal” and the Supreme Court since its inception in 1950 has seen only 11 women judges, Justice Indira Banerjee said on Thursday while highlighting the under-representation of fair gender at decision-making positions in public life.
Only 11.8% of incumbent high court judges are women, said Chief Justice of India NV Ramana. Underlining the need for more women representation in the profession, the CJI called for the reservation of girls in legal education.
4. Women entrepreneurs make their mark with sustainable products at an expo in Hyderabad
Women entrepreneurs are making their mark with different sustainable and chemical-free products at the three-day business expo being held at HITEX from March 11 to 13. Women entrepreneurs have come up with leaf tableware, vegan coffees, coconut-based mocktails and various products which are free from preservatives and chemicals. Women exhibitors from Gujarat, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Delhi and various other states took part in the expo.
Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leader and MLC Kalvakuntla Kavitha was the chief guest at the inauguration of the Second Edition of Business Women Expo-2022 on March 11, India’s largest women-owned businesses expo BWE-2022. The event was jointly hosted by Hitex and COWE India, News Agency ANI reported.
5. FIH Pro League: Indian women beat Germany 3-0 in shoot-out, avenge first-leg defeat
The low sticks and high spirits paid off! An exciting show put up by Hockey India Women’s team in the shootouts at the clash against Germany counterparts today, 13 March 2022 at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar. pic.twitter.com/jyLQAqBtfb
— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) March 13, 2022
The Indian team beat Germany 3-0 in a dramatic shoot-out to avenge their first leg defeat to share the honours in the two-legged tie of the FIH Pro League in Bhubaneswar on Sunday. World number 9 India secured two points from the match, including a bonus point while Germany collected one point. India’s next matches are against England on 2 and 3 April at the same venue.