Women are taking up sports, education and every sector there is with determination. With women do so well in the Olympics and other areas, the winning women stand as an inspiration to many. Though we still have a long way to go, this progress brings us a step closer, day by day. In all positive spirits, let us catch up on this week’s top stories concerning women:
1. Increase of representation of women in police in India
The centre has recently asked all the states to improve and increase the representation of women in the police force by 33% which will bring 10 women constables and 3 sub-constables to each police station. This will help bring equality among the police stations and the growth of women in the police and army forces.
2. Big hikes in employing women by companies in India
Companies are on a big hike currently to hire women. This is largely centred on IT companies and other tech-related companies. Previously, there was a lack of diversity in this sector and seeing this comparison, gives us hope for a better future. The other sectors are yet to make a stand and hike on hiring women and others. Such an increase and demand have never been seen before. Apart from the demand in hiring women, the salaries for women have been increased as well. During this pandemic, there has been a rise in gender equality diversity because of the Work from Home (WFH) scenario.
3. A rise in domestic violence and forced marriage in Sudan
UN reports that there is a rise in domestic violence and forced marriages in Sudan. A qualitative assessment of gender-based violence was recently published in the country named ‘Voices from Sudan 2020‘, this report fills a critical data gap and it aims to give voice to the views and experiences of women and girls, to be understood better. The Hashtag #Voicefromsudan has been trending on Twitter since mid-July, 2021.
The report talks about the physical and sexual violence women suffer through and also about how there is a lack of data for Gender-based violence (GBV). The report also talks about how the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) remains still in Sudan. Given that women already had a little control over their lives, the UN also reports how there was a spike in men controlling women more during the Covid-19 pandemic. A rise in physical, sexual and financial abuse has been reported in the country.
4. The women’s marathon has begun
The sound of the citizens, the public clapping could be heard in Sapporo, Japan as the Women’s Marathon has begun. The claps could be heard for the newcomers – Li Bai of China, Sharon Firisua of the Solomon Islands and Dayna Pidhoresky of Canada. 16 were in a row for the marathon but Sapporo, the city in Japan which is designated as the marathon site was recorded to be over 86 degrees over the days, and this extreme heat was harsh on the athletes but that did not stop them. The Gold Medal was women by P. Jepchirchir, the Silver medal by B. Kosgei and the Bronze Medal by M. Seidel.
5. Women speaking up for themselves
A woman has recently filed a criminal complaint against New York governor, Andrew Cuomo. Last week a woman spoke up against Andrew Cuomo saying that he misbehaved with her. She spoke upon his sexual misconduct and she has filed a criminal complaint against him. According to a poll, 70% of New Yorkers think that he should be impeached or should resign his post and 55% believe that he should be charged with criminal charges. 47% have appreciated his job while the rest 43% disagree with his work as a governor. The situation seems to be now taking more steps as the lady has now filed a complaint against him.
6. India misses in hockey at the Tokyo Olympics, but wins the heart of many
The Indian Women’s Hockey players played their best till the end. They were able to enter the semi-finals for the first time; the Indian Women’s Hockey team has played thrice before in the Olympics. This time they had a close defeat with two teams (v/s Great Britain and Argentina). The players are extremely talented and hard-working, even though they missed their chance at winning the Bronze Medal; they won the hearts of many. Being so close in the competition was an achievement itself. A Gujarat based businessman, Savji Dholakia has even promised houses and cars for the Indian Women’s Hockey team.
7. India’s Kamalpreet Kaur finishes 6th in discus throw final
Indian Athlete Kamalpreet Kaur has finished on 6th in the finals for Discus Throw with a best attempt of 63.70. In her first attempt, she threw 61.62 but had a foul in her second attempt before rain halted the play. At her third attempt, she threw 63.70 with another foul in her fourth attempt with managing to throw 61.37 in her fifth attempt. In the sixth and final attempt, she had another foul. Kaur finished in sixth place with Valerie Allman of the USA winning the Gold medal, Kristin Pudenz of Germany won the Silver medal and Yamie Perez of Cuba won the Bronze medal.
Celebrating India’s First Women Pilot – Sarla Thukral’s 107th birthday
A true trailblazer!
— MoCA_GoI (@MoCA_GoI) July 30, 2020
Sarla Thukral was the first Indian woman to fly an aircraft. Born in 1914, she earned an aviation pilot license in 1936 at the young age of 21. She was India’s pilot, designer, and entrepreneur who flew her first solo flight (Gypsy Moth). She was the first Indian women to complete 1,000 hours of flight time to gain her A licence.