Here is a quick recap about happenings in the lives of women across the world in top stories this week. Continue reading to know who got selected as Women of the year by TIME magazine, how google marked the beginning of the 12th edition of Women’s Cricket World Cup, first female head of SEBI and more.
1. Mumbai Police to relaunch 8-hour shifts for female officers on International Women’s day
As DGP of Maharashtra Sanjay Pandey, in January has announced the 8-hour shift for women officers. Now when he has arrived as the new Mumbai Police Commissioner, it has bought hope for the revival of the policy. Officers at commanding positions in the department have confirmed that the policy may resume from March 8 on International Women’s Day. However earlier according to some reports, top officers have claimed that the distance between officers’ homes to the police station was a hurdle in the implementation of the dynamic scheduling. Sanjay Pandey as Commissioner of Police took charge on February 28.
As stated by a senior police officer, “He (Pandey) was keen on giving work shifts to women officers across Maharashtra, and now he wants to re-launch it in the city. It will benefit around 8,000 women officers in Mumbai”.
2. TIME magazine unveiled its “Women Of The Year” list
With the International Women’s Day arriving on March 8, the TIME magazine on March 3 revealed its first-ever “Women of the Year” list. The list features 12 leading personalities from the field of entertainment, activism, innovation, and others.
The list comprises Amal Clooney, Kacey Musgraves, Zahra Joya, Kerry Washington, Tracy Chou, Olympic champion Allyson Felix, NASDAQ CEO Adena Friedman, Amanda Gorman, Sherrilyn Ifill, Jenny Joseph, Amanda Nguyen, and the history-making Trans-actor Michaela Jae Rodriguez.
The magazine said, ” Our 2022 Women of the Year list features 12 individuals who have reached across communities, generations, and borders to fight for a more inclusive and equitable world”.
Taking to the official page of TIME it tweeted, “Creating a better future for women means building bridges—across generations, communities, and borders. These extraordinary leaders are working toward a more equal world. Meet TIME’s Women of the Year.”
Creating a better future for women means building bridges—across generations, communities, and borders. These extraordinary leaders are working toward a more equal world.
— TIME (@TIME) March 3, 2022
3. Muslim Rashtriya Manch to launch nationwide campaign to raise the age of marriage for Muslim women
The Muslim Rashtriya Manch will launch a nationwide campaign to amend the personal law to raise the minimum age of marriage for Muslim women so that the subject can be made a mass movement. Sources considered close to the RSS, said that as part of this campaign, the Manch will try to garner public support for the demand of making separate places for women to offer prayers in mosques.
A senior official of the Manch said that apart from educated and progressive families, Muslim women get married at an early age. He claimed that many girls, especially in rural areas, get married at an early age of 12-13 years and have many children by the time they reach the age of 20. He further added that in such a situation there is a need to increase the minimum age of marriage for Muslim women and Muslim Rashtriya Manch will launch a nationwide campaign for this purpose to amend the personal law so that the minimum age of marriage can be raised.
4. Around 868 women cadets from Dimapur’s ARTC&S were inducted into Assam rifles
After 44 weeks of training, nearly 868 new rifle women were recruited and graduated in the passing out parade with perfect rhythm at the Assam Rifles Centre and School (ARTC&S) at Shokuvi in the Dimapur district of Nagaland.
“This POP was unique as it had only Mahila recruits and the parade was led by Major Sita Shelke, a lady officer posted at ARTCS,” said Lieutenant colonel Sumit K Sharma of PRO (Defence) Kohima unit. He further said that the parade was reviewed by Arunachal Pradesh Governor, Brig (Retd) Dr. B D Mishra in the presence of Director General Assam Rifles Lt Gen P C Nair, with other senior officers of the Indian Army and Assam Rifles.
The Governor addressing the recruits called on to serve the nation with all sincerity besides asking them to keep pace with technology. He further shared his contentment to be able to attend the unique POP which only comprises women and perhaps has the largest number of women recruits passing out from any academy in the country.
However, these newly passed out Rifle women will join their respective units in all frontline duties as said by an official.
5. Google celebrates the commencement of Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 through a doodle
The ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 has already been started from March 4. The World Cup kicked off at the ‘Bay Oval stadium in New Zealand. This is the 12th edition of the Women’s Cricket World Cup, which started at 6:30 am (IST) on Friday. To celebrate this, Google has made a special doodle. In its doodle, Google has shown 6 female cricketers batting, bowling, wicket-keeping, and fielding in the presence of spectators.
The information related to the Women’s Cricket World Cup is displayed as soon as you click on this doodle prepared on the home page of Google. On top of it, cricket balls are seen floating across the screen. They can be played again by clicking on the icon below.
However, a total of eight teams are participating in the Women’s Cricket World Cup. These include Australia, England, New Zealand, Pakistan, West Indies, South Africa, India, and Bangladesh where 50 matches will be played at 6 venues.
6. Madhabi Puri Buch became the first female head of SEBI
Madhabi Puri Buch has been appointed as the next chairperson of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), hence also becoming the first woman to head the regulator. Madhabi is also the first SEBI chief who’s not an ex-bureaucrat in 17 years.
This appointment is for 3 years. Madhabi is the first woman director in SEBI to become the highest-ranking official of the market regulator SEBI. She has risen from the private sector to the highest position of the market regulator. She started her career with ICICI Bank in 1989. She was the Executive Director of ICICI Bank from 2007 to 2009. In 2011, she moved to Singapore and worked there at the Greater Pacific Capital.
According to a statement issued by the government on Monday, “The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Smt. Madhabi Puri Buch, Former Whole Time Member, SEBI, to the post of Chairman, Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), initially for three years from the date of assumption of charge of the post, or until further orders, whichever is earlier.”