The world saw some of the historic moments this week. Women have always stood their ground when it comes to justice and their rights. With some charity and royal backup to women’s campaigns to end violence against women, there is a lot to catch up on. Debut novel of Smriti Irani, Kamala Harris as first women President of the USA and Tajamul Islam creating history in World Kickboxing Championship are the major highlights of this week.
Without further adieu, let’s dive into the details of the rest of the top stories.
1. Kashmiri girl Tajamul Islam wins world kickboxing gold
Tajamul Islam, 13, is the first Kashmiri girl to represent India in the World Kickboxing Championships, when she won the gold medal in the under-14 age group on October 22 in Cairo, Egypt. She was born in Tarkpora, a small hamlet in the Bandipora area of north Kashmir, 56 kilometers from Srinagar. According to Tajamul, she competed in four fights in the tournament, two of which she battled against players from Egypt, and the third and fourth of which she fought against adversaries from France and Argentina, respectively.
2. Ellie Goulding opens 24-hour women’s centre
I can’t quite believe what the @MarylebonePrjct have achieved following a global pandemic. To have a safe space for vulnerable homeless women day & night – especially at night when many feel most alone while facing crisis – is such a valuable extension to the work of the Project pic.twitter.com/CIF7r2gWHV
— Ellie Goulding (@elliegoulding) November 12, 2021
Ellie Goulding, the singer, has aided with the opening of central London’s first 24-hour homeless women’s drop-in centre. The Independent’s Homeless Fund, which was created by shareholder Evgeny Lebedev and administered in collaboration with sister newspaper the Evening Standard, saw its grand opening on Thursday. “We need more places like this where vulnerable women can come and feel protected and feel like they have a space to rebuild and re-skill and get themselves back together,” Goulding, who is a patron of the Marylebone Project, which manages the Sanctuary, said. Phillippa Middleton, the Sanctuary’s general manager, said that being able to provide around-the-clock service was critical for homeless women who previously had no place to go for help at night.
3. Duchess of Cornwall backs women’s institute campaign to end violence against women
The Duchess of Cornwall has complimented a Women’s Institute (WI) campaign aimed at raising awareness about violence against women. The initiative was launched in 2016 by the community-based organization, which helps women in the United Kingdom, Canada, South Africa, and New Zealand. In a letter published in the newest edition of WI Life, Camilla commended the organization for its work. According to a Femicide Census study released in November 2020, a woman is killed by a male every three days in the United Kingdom, a figure that has remained consistent for the past ten years. WI members around the country are redoubling their efforts to ensure that all women and girls have the freedom to live their lives without fear of abuse.
4. Minister Murugesh Nirani announces: Karnataka committed to promoting women entrepreneurship
Murugesh R Nirani, the Minister of Karnataka’s Large and Medium Industries, announced on Wednesday to provide all feasible help to boost women entrepreneurs in the state, including discounts for women from lower socioeconomic groups. Nirani noted that women-owned businesses are rising considerably during the 38th award ceremony of the Association of Women Entrepreneurs of Karnataka (AWAKE). Nirani advised emerging women entrepreneurs to make use of government programs like Mudra Yojana, Annapurna Scheme, Dena Shakti, Trade-Related Entrepreneurship Assistance & Development, Udyogini, Women Skill Training Programme, Samrudhi, and Dhanasree.
5. Politician Smriti Irani To Come Out With Debut Novel Titled “Lal Salaam”
Unveiling Lal Salaam !
— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) November 17, 2021
Smriti Irani, a Union Minister, announced the November 17 release of her debut novel, “Lal Salaam.” The novel will be a political thriller. Irani’s work will be available for public purchase on November 29th, according to a press statement from the publisher. It is based on the horrific occurrence in Dantewada in April 2010, in which 76 CRPF soldiers were slain. Irani’s book aims to pay tribute to the policemen who faced obstacles in places where Naxalite-Maoist insurgents were active. According to the press announcement, the book will “humanize the daily tensions and ethical difficulties that are inextricably linked to modern life.”
6. 5-Year-Old Indian American Girl Is The World’s Youngest TEDx Speaker
Kiara Kaur, an Indian-American kid of five years old, has made history by being the world’s youngest TEDx speaker. On November 14, Children’s Day, she spoke at a TEDx event, earning her a place in the World Book of Records in London. She is a voracious reader who has devoured over 2,000 novels. Her debut book, “Diary of a 5-Year-Old Genius Chatterbox Who Set World Records,” describes her experience in her own words and will be released soon. Kiara had already established a world record by reading 36 books in 105 minutes.
7. Kamala Harris Is Now First Woman Who Held US Presidential Powers
Another history for Kamala!
Vice President Kamala Harris became the first woman in US history to hold presidential power, albeit briefly, after Congress declared a temporary transfer of power while US President Joe Biden was sedated during a routine colonoscopy on Friday. pic.twitter.com/E3SPoSvic3
— ABS-CBN News (@ABSCBNNews) November 20, 2021
Although it was only for a brief time, United States Vice President Kamala Harris became the first woman in the country’s history to possess presidential powers. Harris is the first woman, African-American, and Asian-American to serve as Vice President of the United States. Biden underwent a standard colonoscopy on November 19, for which he was put under anaesthetic, according to the briefing. For one hour and twenty-five minutes, Kamala Harris had presidential powers until they were returned to Joe Biden.
9. Sarpanch In Telangana Village To Give Rs 10,000 On Birth Of Every Girl Child
A Telangana Sarpanch has pledged to pay Rs. 10,000 for the birth of every female child in Mariyapuram, in the Geesukonda Mandal of Warangal district, in an effort to empower women. The fixed deposit money, which would have increased to Rs. 1 lakh by the time she reaches maturity, can be used for her higher education or wedding, according to the sarpanch. He devised this scheme because low-income people find it difficult to deposit Rs. 10,000 and hence are unable to participate in the Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana. It is a government-sponsored modest savings program that favours girls. Sukanya Samriddhi accounts are valid for 21 years or till the girl marries after becoming 18 years old.