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From the historical creation of Bianca, Disney’s first plus-sized protagonist to equal pay for men and women in cricket, let’s look at this week’s top news.
1. Women’s cricket players will soon receive the same compensation as men thanks to BCCI’s significant contribution to equal pay
This is a historic decision for women’s cricket in India! The pay equity policy along with the WIPL next year, we are ushering into a new era for women's cricket in India. Thank you @JayShah Sir & the @BCCI for making this happen. Really happy today. https://t.co/xOwWAwsxfz
— Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) October 27, 2022
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced equal remuneration for male and female cricketers, which is a first. Jay Shah, the BCCI secretary, made the momentous declaration. The most recent choice was made just days after the BCCI revealed that the first season of the women’s IPL would begin in 2023. Since finishing as runners-up in the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup, the Indian women’s cricket team has seen a series of encouraging developments. The team made it to the final of the 2020 T20 World Cup and won the silver medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
2. 35 women among the more than 100 cadets admitted into the Army
At a passing-out procession held at the Officers Training Academy on Saturday, more than 100 cadets—including 35 women—were commissioned into the Army. 28 female cadets and 8 male cadets from friendly countries also finished their training. The ceremony was highlighted by a military parade and a drill by the cadets moving to military music, according to a press statement. The cadets went through a year of training before it was over. Lieutenant General Batoo Tshering, the chief operating officer of the Royal Bhutan Army, examined the passing-out parade. Tshering gave the officer cadets at the Academy praise and admonished them to uphold the military values of selfless service and pursue excellence in all that they do.
3. The Kerala tourist department started an initiative called “women-friendly tourism”
To provide safe and hygienic travel options for women, the Kerala state tourism administration has started a “Women-Friendly Tourism” programme. The food, lodging, transportation, and community tour guides included in the all-women tour packages will be managed and run by women. UN Women and RT Mission will sign an MoU on gender-inclusive travel. Through the project, RT Mission seeks to establish a network of female-staffed tourist attractions and women’s units. The project will also make sure that the state’s tourist hotspots meet the needs of female visitors.
4. Marriage is not a factor that disqualifies women from employment under the rehabilitation program: Orissa HC
The Orissa High Court issued a historic decision holding that being married does not exclude one from employment under the Rehabilitation Assistance Scheme. On Friday, a single bench of Justice SK Panigrahi overturned the decision of an inspector of schools to deny Basanti Nayak of Bhadrak’s appeal for a compassionate appointment following the passing of her father, a teacher. The court ruled that excluding women from an appointment based solely on their marital status is clearly arbitrary and in violation of constitutional protections outlined in Articles 14, 15, and 16(2) of the Indian Constitution.
5. Jyothi Yarraji Wins Gold In Women’s 100m Hurdles And Breaks American Record
At the National Open Athletics Championship 2022, Jyothi Yarraji earned a gold medal and set a new record for the country. Yarraji set a record for the women’s 100-meter hurdles by finishing in less than 13 seconds for the first time ever. The athlete, who is from Andhra Pradesh, trains in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. When the athlete ran the 100-meter hurdles in 12.82 seconds, she broke her own national record. Jyothi Yarraji broke the 100-meter hurdles national record for India for the fourth time this year. Due to wind assistance and other variables, she was repeatedly prevented from setting the national record.
6. How the passing of Dr Savita Halappanavar Inspired Ireland’s Campaign for Abortion Rights
On Saturday, marches and vigils asking for serious abortion legislation reform have been scheduled for Dublin to remember the terrible death of Savita Halappanavar, an Indian-origin dentist who passed tragically ten years ago after being denied an abortion in Ireland.
After Halappanavar’s death, there were widespread protests against the nation’s severe abortion regulations, and the Eighth Amendment to the Irish Constitution, which prohibited abortions in Ireland, was repealed. There are arguments in favour of renaming the new statute Savita’s Law.
7. Disney’s first plus-sized character, Bianca, appears in a short film.
Disney have created their first plus-size protagonist for a powerful short film about body dysmorphia called Reflect.
In the company's 85-year history of making movies, plus-size characters have only ever featured in the roles of villain's or extras pic.twitter.com/Z1rVBHP6NZ
— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) October 27, 2022
Bianca, the first plus-size protagonist in an animated movie on body dysmorphia, was created by Disney. The ballet dancer Bianca struggles with “her own mirror” in the upcoming short film Reflect. Being the first plus-sized protagonist and not an antagonist, Bianca creates history for Disney. Reflect is a part of the experimental video series “Short Circuit,” which aims to improve one’s self-esteem while advancing body positivity and the acceptance of different body types.