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Top Stories Concerning Women This Week: 22 Aug

Here’s a roundup of this week’s top stories concerning women across the world.

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The world saw a tough week for women with everything that’s going around the world. Women have always stood up and fought when it came to their rights. History has unmatchable records of women fighting for women and their representation. With gradual improvement, the world has seen accomplishments and continues to do so in the 21st Century. 

From fighting Patriarchy to fighting for their health, women are yet again on their toes to continue their battle for equal representation and rights. If we’ve learned anything from history, it is that the female gender holds immense power and has equal contributions to society. Though we’ve come to the end of the Olympics, women like Sanju Devi and Sito are still winning and making the nation proud in the world of sports.

From winning in the arena of sports, corporate world, and literature to having their stance on resistance in Afghanistan conquer, women this week have again proved their resilience and unapologetic show of their strength and brilliance. We hope the spirit of women empowerment and strength continues to inspire other women and young girls all around the world. Without further delay, let’s look at the top stories of women rocking it around the world.

1. Sanju Devi Wins Silver at Wrestling Junior World Championship

Devi had made a strong start to the match by defending well against the Russian, Alina Kasabieva who was the Junior European Champion. But by holding Devi’s ankle, India lost the gold. Sanju Devi participated in the 62 kg category. Nonetheless, this is a great feat for India. Bhateri and Bipasha also won two silver medals in the championship in different categories. We congratulate the winners.

2. Kirthiga Reddy Announces New Book ‘The Opportunity Engine’

Kirthiga Reddy, the first female venture partner at SoftBank and the former CEO of Facebook, revealed on Saturday that she is writing a book called The Opportunity Engine about her experiences. The Tech pioneer hails from India and is now based in California, USA. 

In a tweet, Reddy informed that the book will have contents of her “experience being #Facebook’s first employee in #India, MD of Facebook India & South Asia, for over six years and current vantage point as a growth-stage #investor.”

3. Scottish Government launches country’s first women’s health plan

The 68-page document is described as “the first stage of a long-term commitment to reducing health inequalities for women.” The Scottish government’s first women’s health strategy includes commitments to cut endometriosis diagnosis wait times from eight years to less than a year, give personalized care plans following a woman’s first miscarriage, and expand access to expert menopausal treatments.

4. Shamsia Hasaani continues her resistance by capturing Afghan Women’s voices; Dissent continues against the Taliban

Hasaani’s strong advocacy of women’s voices made her Afghanistan’s first female graffiti and street artist. She portrays Afghan women facing fresh Taliban threats. Two stunning photos depict girls in dazzling blue holding images of hope as dark, frightening gun-toting warriors loom over them, expressing the terrible dread, hopelessness, and harsh repression Afghan women today suffer. 

Despite the danger, Shamsia continues to voice her opinions and her work of resistance depicting to the world the plight of Afghan women. The World saw several protests by women against the terror of the Taliban and in support of the people of Afghanistan.

5. Wrestlers Simran and Sito Win Two Bronze for India at Junior World Championships

On August 19, Indian wrestler Simran won the first bronze medal of the Junior World Wrestling Championships 2021 held in Russia. The young wrestler put up a strong showing, coming back from a 3-0 deficit after the first session to win 7-3. Wrestler Sito also earned a bronze medal in the championships’ 55kg division. With a dominant win, Sito raced to an 11-0 scoreline, scoring the bronze for the nation.

6. Mahindra & Mahindra vows gender diversity, names more women in leadership roles

Mahindra & Mahindra, a utility vehicle and tractor maker, has promoted numerous women to executive roles to enhance gender diversity across operations. Sheebu David, executive vice president (corporate HR); Asha Kharga, chief customer and brand officer; Nidhi Seksaria, chief risk officer; Suman Mishra, Mahindra Electric’s chief executive; and Neha Anand, head of digital marketing are among the company’s leaders. This move can prove to be helpful for women who are striving for equal pay, opportunities, and major roles in the corporate world.

7. Supreme Court criticizes Indian Army for not allowing women in NDA, military schools

The Indian Army was chastised by the Supreme Court for not allowing women to apply to the National Defence Academy (NDA), Sainik Schools, and other military institutions, citing their “regressive attitude.” In the meanwhile, as an “interim measure,” the court has allowed women to take the NDA exam. “On September 5, we will address the question of admission of ladies to NDA as a policy,” said the bench, which included Justices SK Kaul and Hrishikesh Roy.

Wishing everyone Happy Raksha Bandhan

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Written by Marya

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