Celebrating and fighting proved to be the same side of the coin when it comes to women’s rights, struggles and achievements all over the world.
As abortion rights get ruled over, the world sees a ‘sad day’ all over. Other news of the week includes Captain Pilot Monica Khanna saving passengers while landing a dangerous aircraft safely, Shanta Gokhale, receiving Sahitya Akademi Award for Translation, etc.
Without further ado, let’s catch up with the top stories concerning women this week.
1. Meet the 19-yr-old who topped the 1st women’s batch for NDA exams, Shanan Dhaka
The National Defense Academy (NDA) declared in 2021 that it will be prepared to accept its first group of female cadets in 2023. After taking the entrance test in 2023, the applicants will be chosen. For this 19-year-old Shanan Dhaka from Rohtak district in Haryana who won the admission exam for the NDA’s first women’s batch, it appears like her life is about to change. In the inaugural batch of the National Defense Academy (NDA) admission exams for women, Rohtak, Haryana native Shanan Dhaka came in the first place. In the NDA entrance exam results released on June 14, she was ranked 10th overall.
2. US Supreme Court overturns Roe v Wade and ends 50 years of abortion right
My thoughts on the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. pic.twitter.com/9ALSbapHDY
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) June 24, 2022
The Roe v. Wade ruling, which had been upheld for almost fifty years, has been reversed by the US Supreme Court. The US Constitution “does not confer a right to abortion,” according to the conservative-dominated high court’s 6-3 decision. The Supreme Court’s ruling, according to US President Joe Biden, is a “sad day” for the country. Millions of individuals in the US will no longer have access to abortion services, according to proponents of reproductive rights.
3. Punjab women’s shares in NREGS rise by 8.25%
In the first 100 days from April to June 20, according to data from the NREGA portal, women’s and SC’s share of total person-days was 68.37 per cent, compared to 67.11 per cent and 60.12 per cent for the entire previous fiscal year. The proportion of person-days in Punjab is higher than the national average. In comparison to the previous year’s total share in both categories, the state’s SC and women’s person-days have increased by 7.56% and 8.25%, respectively. Additionally, as compared to the national average this year, the state has seen increases in SC and women’s person-days of 55.26 per cent and 12.43 per cent, respectively.
4. After the US abortion verdict, Amazon, Google, Meta, Starbucks, and others will support their female employees.
Several of the most well-known US corporations have said they will cover female workers’ travel expenses for abortion-related reasons after the Supreme Court of the United States reversed the landmark Roe v. Wade decision and outlawed abortion nationwide on Friday. According to documents emailed to JPMorgan Chase & Co. staff members this month, the nation’s largest bank, which Bloomberg cited, will pay for employees to fly to another state to get a legal abortion. Beginning on July 1, this benefit will be available. The parent company of Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, Meta, said it will cover employees’ travel costs “to the extent authorised by law” if they need to obtain out-of-state health care or reproductive services.
5. Captain Pilot Monica Khanna saves over 200 lives by landing damaged aircraft safely
After taking flight from Delhi on Sunday, June 19, a SpiceJet Boeing 737 with more than 185 people on board made an emergency landing in Patna after it was seen that its left engine was on fire. The Quint said that the pilot in command, Captain Monica Khanna, and First Officer Balpreet Singh Bhatia, expertly executed an “overweight landing,” safeguarding the safety of the 200 passengers. According to the investigation, a bird strike that hurt the aircraft’s fan blade and engine sparked the mid-air fire.
6. Scribe Author, Shanta Gokhale, receives Sahitya Akademi Award for Translation
So so proud of my Aai Shanta Gokhale for receiving the Sahitya Akademi award for the English translation of Laxmibai Tilak's "Smritichitre" into " The Memoirs of a Spirited Wife" Thank you @sahityaakademi for this huge honour and for acknowledging the worth of translators 🙏🏾🙏🏾 https://t.co/allJ9eWHpK pic.twitter.com/q5XDY0iT9z
— Renuka Shahane (@renukash) June 25, 2022
On June 24, Shanta Gokhale and Kumar Nawathe were among the 22 authors who received the Sahitya Akademi Prize for Translation 2021. A literary organization’s executive committee gave prizes to 22 works in as many languages. Gokhale was recognised for her English-to-Marathi translation of Smritichitre: The Memoirs of a Spirited Wife by Lakshmibai Tilak.