Welcome back to this week’s top stories concerning women. While there are some achievements for women in various sectors, even after decades of rising in Feminism, women continue to fight for their right to wear whatever they want or exist the way they seem right.
This week’s top news includes the massive Iranian protests, a historic Indian Women’s Cricket team win against England, and others. Without much delay, let’s skip right to the top stories concerning women this week.
1. Young Iranians are protesting decades of tyranny: Anti-Hijab protests in lieu of the death of Mahsa Amini
Since the murder last week of Mahsa Amini, 22, who was detained in Tehran and transported to a “re-education centre,” presumably for failing to properly wear her hijab, thousands of Iranians have flocked to the streets in protest. Protesters have been demanding an end to violence and discrimination against women as well as the requirement to wear the hijab since Friday in at least 40 cities around the country. Internet access will be limited in Iran, according to government officials, until the order is restored on the streets. Following skirmishes with security forces, dozens of demonstrators are reported to have died.
2. The Uttar Pradesh Legislature designates a day for women only.
The Legislative Assembly is prepared to set aside a day for female representatives to address the House and bring up concerns specific to women. Yogi Adityanath, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, issued a letter to all female legislators informing them about the government’s historic Mission Shakti Scheme endeavours. There are 403 members of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly, including 22 first-timers and 47 women. Yogi Adityanath, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, also declared that the session at the national assembly would set an example.
3. Qatar fund establishes a program to assist women affected by armed conflict
A new international effort has been started by the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) and other strategic partners to support the empowerment of women and girls in conflict-affected areas through humanitarian aid and developmental assistance. Through access to social and economic resources, the Women in Conflict Zones (WICZ) initiative seeks to improve the lives of thousands of women and girls. Among its initiatives are programs that give Afghan girls access to educational opportunities and career training.
4. India’s women are led by Harmanpreet Kaur to their first series victory against England in 23 years.
Tremendous bowling performance from #TeamIndia to seal a 3-0 series win! 👏👏
— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) September 24, 2022
India’s skipper Harmanpreet Kaur led her team to a commanding 88-run victory in the second One-Day International, giving India their first series victory over England since 1999. With a brilliant 143 not out off just 111 balls, Harmanpreet brought back memories of the 2017 World Cup as India posted a massive 333 for 5. On Wednesday night, medium pacer Renuka Singh (4/57) claimed four wickets as India bowled out England for 245 in 44.5 overs.
5. Tamil Nadu will have gender-based budgets for all departments.
The Department of Social Welfare and Women Empowerment issued an order requiring the creation of gender budgets in all of the government of Tamil Nadu’s departments. The recommendations state that each department must establish a gender budget cell, which will be staffed by employees of that department’s budget cell. The aforementioned cell would also examine more comprehensive approaches to close gender disparities and “take initiatives to facilitate or increase access to services for women and their active participation in decision-making at all levels, among others.”
6. Maharashtra will examine three crore women’s health by setting up health camps in a campaign
During the approaching Navratri festival, the public health department of Maharashtra would examine three crore women’s health. Municipal corporations, the department of tribal development, the department of women’s and children’s welfare, the department of school education, and the department of rural development will all take part in the campaign. The advertising campaign will run from 9 am to 2 pm every day. At primary healthcare facilities, special health camps will be held where tests on height, weight, haemoglobin, and blood sugar, among other things, would be done.
7. Jhulan Goswami retires after her last bat against England in the third ODI and receives a ‘Guard of Honour’
For one last time 📸
— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) September 24, 2022
On Saturday, Jhulan Goswami, a legendary cricket player, played her final game at Lord’s Cricket Ground in England. In the third ODI against England on Saturday at Lord’s Ground, Goswami came out to bat for the final time in international cricket and was given a Guard of Honor by the English players. After India’s unimpressive batting performance, Jhulan, who was playing her farewell ODI at the Lord’s, walked out to bat at number nine. However, when she exited the field for the final time in international cricket, England teammates gave her a touching gesture. In honour of Jhulan Goswami’s outstanding contributions to the game, the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) intends to rename a stand at the Eden Gardens in her honour.