Top Stories Concerning Women This Week: 6 Feb

Let’s take a look briefly at the top stories concerning women this week.

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This week’s top stories include budget 2022 highlights concerning women, BCCI to start Women’s IPL, reopening of Afghan Universities, women fighter pilots in armed forces and others. Let’s take a look briefly at the top stories concerning women this week.

1. Indian Women tour to New Zealand ODI series rescheduled

The Indian women’s cricket ODI series which was initially scheduled starting from February 11 has been rescheduled to February 12 to give the two sides more time between games, as announced by the host board on Friday.

The team was scheduled to play 5 ODIs and a T20I across three venues starting February 9, but to reduce the chances of the COVID 19 outbreak New Zealand Cricket moved the matches to John Davies Oval in Queenstown to reduce travelling.

NZC has made changes to the dates of the KFC India Tour of NZ between the white ferns and India Women, to be played exclusively at John Davies Oval in Queenstown. The date of the first KFC T20I remains the same, but there have been some adjustments made to the subsequent five-match KFC ODI series,” a statement from NZC read.

The series opener is to be played on February 12 followed by a second ODI on February 14 and the third ODI on February 18.

2. Women and Child Development Ministry allocated Rs 25,172 crore

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented the budget for the fiscal year 2022-23 allocated Rs 25,172.28 crore to the Women and Child Development Ministry. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her speech said “Nari shakti is the harbinger of our bright future. For women-led development, our government has comprehensively revamped schemes of the Ministry of Women and Child Development during the Amrit Kaal“, “Accordingly, three schemes, namely, Mission Shakti, Mission Vatsalya, Saksham Anganwadi and Poshan 2.0 were launched recently to provide integrated benefits to women and children,” she said.

3. Government Announces Permanent Induction Of Women Fighter Pilots In Armed Forces

Taking to Twitter Defence Minister Rajnath Singh announced the experimental scheme for the entry of female fighter pilots into the Indian Air Force permanent.

“The MoD has decided to convert the Experimental Scheme for Induction of Women Fighter Pilots in the Indian Air Force into a permanent scheme. It is a testimony to the capability of India’s ‘Nari Shakti’ and our PM Shri @narendramodi’s commitment towards women empowerment.”, he said

The decision has come at the times when the military has opened the doors for women. Back in last year, the Supreme Court has opened the entry of women into the prestigious National Defence Academy (NDA) for the first time, which earlier has a stronghold of males.

4. Afghan Universities reopened allowing female students

Afghanistan’s Universities are opened allowing female students to be on campus for the first time since the Taliban took over the country last year in August. As said by Education officials’ classes for female students will be segregated from that of male students.

5. South Dakota’s first anti-transgender sports law

Kristi Noem, the Governor of South Dakota signed a bill banning transgender women and girls from playing in sports that align their gender identity. The bill was passed as “fairness in women’s sports” on Thursday.

The bill restricts trans-gender women and girls from playing in school and post-secondary institutions in the sports teams matching their gender identity.
Noem in a press conference said, “Thankful to see this bill get support from the legislators and make it to my desk, and that now we will ensure that we have fairness and a level playing field for female athletes here in the state of South Dakota,” However, South Dakota has become the 10th state to pass such a law.

6. Congress promises 40 per cent women in the police force in their manifesto

The Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra at a ceremony in Dehradun released the Congress manifesto- Uttarakhand Swabhiman Pratigya Patra for the upcoming Uttarakhand election. The manifesto included a range of promises.

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said, “The present government did nothing in five years. We still see only the work done by our government that preceded it. They did nothing because they did not have the intention.”

The manifesto promised to reserve 40 per cent jobs for women in the police department. The manifesto also included providing training to women aged from 18-to 40 in using android applications and to station a woman sub-inspector and constable in every police station to ensure that women feel safe going to a police station with various other promises.

7. BCCI to start Women’s IPL in 2023

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly talked about the possibility of starting a full-fledged women’s Indian Premier League. “We are at the level of formulation to have a full-fledged WIPL. It is certainly going to happen. I strongly believe that next year i.e. 2023 will be a very good time to start a full-fledged women’s IPL which will be as big and grand a success as the men’s IPL,” as Ganguly told PTI

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