Women have been conquering and proving themselves since time immemorial and continue to do the same to date with fabulous achievements all over the world. Their stories of determination, fighting spirit, and resilience inspire millions of people every day and create a chain of accomplishments and empowerment.
This week’s news honours some of those brilliant women and brings to you major stories concerning women this week. From Britney Spears being finally free to centre granting permanent commission to 11 women Army officers, let’s have a look at this week’s top stories concerning women.
1. Centre agrees to grant permanent commission to 11 women Army officers
After the Supreme Court threatened to launch contempt proceedings, the central government agreed on Friday to issue permanent commission (PC) to 11 women Army officers who fit the eligibility conditions.
The Centre, which had been hesitant at first, agreed to a Bench led by Justice D.Y. Chandrachud granting the officers PC within 10 days. The administration notified the court that women officials from the Short Service Commission (SSC) who have not addressed the court but meet the numerous qualifying conditions will be given PC in three weeks.
2. Kerala minister backs women teachers amid a row over sarees supporting women’s “Right to dress”
Happened to talk to a young lecturer a few days ago. She was telling me about an experience she had at an edu institute in Kodungallur about a month ago. Though she has the necessary qualifications, the staff apparently put forward a condition that she had to wear a sari…
— Dr R Bindu (@rbinducpm) November 12, 2021
In the wake of a row in which a college requested a lecturer not to wear a salwar-kameez to class, Kerala’s higher education minister R Bindu remarked that teachers have the freedom to wear anything they wish. Teachers reported that numerous institutions in the state continue to exercise such policing, prompting the higher education government to publish a circular on Friday. “The government has previously stated its position on this issue several times. In Kerala, teachers have the freedom to dress as they see fit, regardless of the type of institution where they work. The practice of forcing our professors to wear saris is incompatible with Kerala’s progressive mindset ” states Bindu, a professor at the Sree Kerala Varma College in Thrissur.
3. Singer Britney Spears ‘formally’ released from Conservatorship
Good God I love my fans so much it’s crazy 🥺❤️ !!! I think I’m gonna cry the rest of the day !!!! Best day ever … praise the Lord … can I get an Amen 🙏🏼☀️🙌🏼 ???? #FreedBritney
— Britney Spears (@britneyspears) November 12, 2021
After 13 years, fans and supporters of the Free Britney Spears movement gathered to celebrate the liberation of the popular singer from her father’s conservatorship by a US court. The singer, too, thanked her fans on social media and declared that it was the “greatest day ever.” In September of this year, Judge Brenda Penny removed Britney Spears’ father from the role of conservatorship, which allowed him authority over her finances and life for 13 years. On November 12, it was lawfully terminated in its entirety. In the meantime, her father was asked to relinquish all conservatory assets.
4. Chennai cop Rajeshwari lauded for rescue efforts after viral video
#WATCH | Chennai, Tamil Nadu: TP Chatram Police Station's Inspector Rajeshwari carries an unconscious man, on her shoulders, to an autorickshaw in a bid to rush him to a nearby hospital.
Chennai is facing waterlogging due to incessant rainfall here.
(Video Source: Police staff) pic.twitter.com/zrMInTqH9f
— ANI (@ANI) November 11, 2021
A female cop from Chennai is gaining popularity online for her aggressive rescue operations in Tamil Nadu, which is experiencing heavy rain and flooding. The image of Inspector Rajeshwari carrying an unconscious man over her shoulders in the Kilpauk region and rushing him to a vehicle that will transport him to the nearest hospital for treatment has gone viral. The 28-year-old man was said to be unwell and had collapsed at a graveyard in TP Chatram that had been flooded and had a tangle of uprooted trees. Rajeshwari arrived on the scene and took the man to the auto without waiting for more help. She is being applauded by various ranked officials and ministers for her brave act.
5. Erika James is an award-winning Educator elected to Morgan Stanley’s Board of Directors
We are pleased to announce the appointment of @erikahjames, Dean of @Wharton and a leading expert on management strategy, workplace diversity and inclusion and crisis management, to Morgan Stanley’s Board of Directors. https://t.co/hv2rPnbxSH pic.twitter.com/4g1j0yP2HY
— Morgan Stanley (@MorganStanley) November 10, 2021
Morgan Stanley’s Board of Directors has elected Erika James. Morgan Stanley indicated that the change will take effect on January 1, 2022. On July 1, 2020, she will become the Dean of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. In Wharton’s 139-year history, she made history by becoming the first woman and the first person of colour to be named dean. She has played a key role in assisting women in developing their leadership abilities.
6. Nykaa founder Falguni Nayar becomes India’s wealthiest self-made female billionaire
Falguni Nayar has become India’s wealthiest self-made female billionaire, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. She owns over half of Nykaa, which is now valued at $6.5 billion after the company’s stock soared as much as 89 per cent when it first began trading on Wednesday. Nykaa’s parent company, FSN E-Commerce Ventures, had recently become India’s first woman-led unicorn to list on the stock exchange. Nykaa is a female-led unicorn that sells 4,000 beauty, personal care, and fashion brands through its website, app, and 80-plus physical locations.
7. Wadhwani Foundation and Frontier Markets come together to empower women of rural India
The Wadhwani Foundation and Wadhwani Catalyst Fund have launched a strategic relationship with Frontier Markets to empower and support up to 10,000 rural Indian women over the next two and a half years by assisting them in earning income on their own. Local women from villages are referred to as ‘Saral Jeevan Sahelis,’ and they will be sourced, recruited, and trained before being given an opportunity to earn a living. Sahelis are powerful figures in rural areas, particularly in their villages. The Wadhwani Foundation and Frontier Markets’ goal is to improve the overall quality of rural households by increasing their earning options and allowing them to invest in their children’s future.