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Top Stories Concerning Women This Week: 28 Jun

Here’s a quick roundup of this week’s top stories concerning women.

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Change is inevitable. No doubt, this is true as the world has changed drastically post covid. Only normal now is to follow the precautionary steps by wearing a mask, getting vaccinated and maintaining social distancing in the hope of normalcy. With this, let’s get into the stories related to women that happened last week. 

1. Zomato is all set to increase the number of women delivery partners to 10% by this year-end

The online food delivery app, Zomato is all set to increase the number of women delivery partners by this year-end. This change will take place as a part of its workplace inclusivity initiatives. Currently, the number of women delivery partners associated with Zomato is around 0.5%. To reach the mark of 10%, the company will begin with cities such as Bengaluru, Pune and Hyderabad. For this, Zomato will work on four key initiatives to increase its influence. 

1. Access to safety-related education and tools 
2. Contactless deliveries by default
3. Extended support from zomato’s restaurant partners
4. SOS button and dedicated support

Hopefully, in the near future, people won’t generalise this community as delivery boys, and see them for what they truly are – delivery partners.

2. Hilary Mantel wins ‘Walter Scott Prize 2021’ for her novel ‘The Mirror and Light’

The Mirror and Light
Walter Scott Prize 2021 for The Mirror and Light

Author Hilary Mantel has won the prestigious ‘Walter Scott Prize 2021’ for her work ‘The Mirror and Light’. This novel is the final chapter in the Thomas Cromwell trilogy. ‘Walter Scott Prize’ was started in 2009 to target historical fiction literature. Previously, she won the same award 11 years ago for her historical fiction novel ‘Wolf Hall.’ 

The Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction is a British literary award founded in 2010. At £25,000, it is one of the largest literary awards in the UK.

The Judges of the Prize said:

‘With The Mirror and the Light, Hilary Mantel has achieved the almost unachievable: she offers readers a novel that both closes a trilogy and also stands magnificently alone. With consummate technical skill married to the keenest ear for dialogue and the sharpest eye for rich and telling detail, Hilary Mantel resettles the reader at Thomas Cromwell’s shoulder for a psychodrama that begins and ends with a blade. The finale is both well-known and inevitable and yet – as the judges long pondered with astonished admiration – the suspense never fades.

‘The reader is absorbed into the particular drama, yet always alive to the universal themes. Through Mantel’s superb stitching and unstitching of Henry VIII’s shifting paranoias and Cromwell’s adroit manoeuvrings, we learn as much about power and politics today as about power and politics at the Tudor court. In 2010 Wolf Hall bowled the Walter Scott Prize judges clean over. This year The Mirror and the Light did the same. How lucky we are to live in the age of Hilary Mantel.’

3. Jelena Ostapenko clinches the Eastbourne title

Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko won her fourth career title in the form of Eastbourne International. She defeated Anett Kontaveit in straight sets by 6-3, 6-3 at Devonshire Park. The former French Open champion took no time in clinching the early points in the first set. After taking a lead of 5-1, it was a cakewalk for Jelena to claim the first set. No doubt, this win will send her with full strength and confidence to the All England Club. 

4. Indian women team wins bronze in 10m air pistol event at ISSF Shooting World Cup

Manu Bhaker Rahi Sarnobat Yashaswini Singh Deswal
Picture by NRAI

Indian shooters Manu Bhaker, Rahi Sarnobat and Yashaswini Singh Deswal won the women’s air pistol team bronze medal at the ISSF World Cup in Osijek, Croatia, on Friday. They defeated the Hungarian team by 16-12 to clinch the bronze medal. The Hungarian team consists of Miriam Jako, Veronika Major and Sara Rahel Fabian. The Indian team scored 573 to qualify for the third spot at the event. 

5. Kerber won WTA Bad Homburg grass-court title

Former world number one, Angelique Kerber won the WTA Bad Homburg grass-court title ahead of the Wimbledon Open. She defeated Czech Republic’s Katerina Siniakova in straight sets by 6-3, 6-2. This marked her first title win since the 2018 Wimbledon title victory. With this win, she now has a total of 3 grass-court titles in her kitty in the form of the WTA Birmingham tournament 2015, Wimbledon 2018 and Bad Homburg title 2021. 

6. Former Hockey player Deepika nominated for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award

Hockey India on Saturday nominated former India women’s hockey team player Deepika for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award 2021. During her time of period in the hockey team, she did a commendable job by winning the silver medal at the Asian Games 2018 and the Asian Champions Trophy 2018. Alongside this, women’s team members Navjot Kaur and Vandana Katariya have been nominated for the Arjuna Award.

What do you think?

Written by Swati Mor

Pursuing her doctorate studies, Swati always looks for unexplored potential in different genres and love to pen down her thoughts. She also enjoys reading about gadgets, technologies, historical art and culture.

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