Countries are recognizing the fact that it is crucial to provide equal opportunities to women for bringing out their full potential. For the overall development of society, women’s contribution is necessary. Time and again, women have proved their mettle in various spheres such as politics, armed forces, technology and so on. Here’s a quick roundup of this week’s top stories concerning women:
1. German Parliament backs ‘Gender quota’ for supervisory board of private companies
On Friday, the German Parliament came up with a ‘Milestone’ gender quota to ensure the representation of women at the top management levels of the private companies. With this proposal, the private companies in Germany are expected to have at least one female as a board member out of the four or more board members unit. The set measure of the proposal will receive the final passage by the German’s upper house this summer. The companies failing to meet the new change in law will face financial penalties for not following the proposal.
2. Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat clinches gold at Poland Open
Top Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat won gold at the Poland Open with two consecutive wins on Friday in the 53 kg category. She defeated Ukraine’s Khrystyna Bereza in the finals with 8-0; not giving a single point to her. With her outstanding performance and contrasting win, she proved that she is fully ready for the Tokyo Olympics. This is the third title of the season for Vinesh after clinching gold at the Matteo Pellicone event and Asian Championship.
3. Barbora Krejcikova wins her maiden grand slam at ‘French Open’
The 25-year-old Barbora Krejcikova wins her maiden grand slam singles title on Saturday at Roland Garros. In the finals, she defeated Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova by 6-1, 2-6, 6-4. With this win, she becomes the first Czech woman to win the French Open in 40 years. She dedicated her win to her mentor, Jana Novotna, who is a former Wimbledon Champion. However, in the 2020 French Open, she was not even part of the top 100 in the ranking system. Over an year, she has improved a lot and managed to grab the 33rd spot in the ranking.
4. Drones deliver life-saving care to women in Botswana
Drones are delivering life-saving care including medical supplies and blood to women living in a remote part of Botswana; a southern African country. The United Nations is supporting this cause and is ensuring the timely delivery of essential medical care to needy women in Botswana. The main purpose of the initiative is to prevent the maternal death of women due to the loss of blood during childbirth.
5. Tell stories of mother nature, get them published: An initiative by a 7-year-old girl
A 7-year-old girl named Parnika has come up with an initiative ‘Star of Mother Nature’ to encourage children to do their research on the themes of nature and write a short story of about 600 words. This campaign is specially designed for children in the age group of 6-14 years. A total of eight stories will be selected for the publication purpose in the form of audio series on the ‘HeyCloudy’ app. The purpose of this campaign is to encourage children to know about the environment, recycling, planting and many more such areas related to nature.
6. Hewson Seals Historic Third at Scandinavian Mixed
Jonathan Caldwell was crowned the inaugural winner of the Scandinavian Mixed as England’s Alice Hewson carded a final round of 69 to finish in third place in the co-sanctioned European Tour and Ladies European Tour event.
The 2021 Scandinavian Mixed format is unique on the European Tour and Ladies European Tour, bringing male and female professional golfers together into a single tournament.
The Scandinavian Mixed field is 156 players, with 78 players from the European Tour and 78 players from the Ladies European Tour. The players are paired together, competing int he same field, at the same time at Vallda Golf & Country Club in Gothenburg, Sweden.