From tennis player Paula Badosa’s inspiring win to a study related to Facebook’s gender bias ad tools, there is a lot that needs to be known by one and all. This week was special as it has marked the celebration of ‘National Safe Motherhood Day’ on 11th April. While the other news was related to two different surveys – one regarding women’s take on the health insurance policy and the other one related to a company’s ad tool being gender bias.
Let’s take a look at the the Top stories related to women this week.
1. Paula Badosa Defeated World Number One Ashleigh Barty in WTA Quarter Finals
The 71st ranked Spaniard Paula Badosa defeated Ashleigh Barty in the Charleston WTA quarterfinals. She grabbed the spot in the semi-finals by winning straight sets by 6-4, 6-3. No doubt, this is the biggest win for Paula Badosa. However, Paula Badosa is a former French Open Junior champion and can win big matches. Well, she has proved it right too. And in the semi-finals, she will face Russian Veronika Kudermetova who has defeated American Sloane Stephens.
2. National Safe Motherhood Day Celebrated On 11th April 2021
The theme of this year “National Safe Motherhood Day” was ‘to stay at home during covid and keep mothers and newborn babies safe from the impact of coronavirus’. This day is celebrated each year on the birthday of Kasturba Gandhi. The government of India on request of White Ribbon Alliance India (WRAI) in 2003 has declared 11th April as National Safe Motherhood Day. This day aims to create social awareness regarding women safety during pregnancy and after childbirth. And to ensure this, WRAI seeks to enforce that woman during the pregnancy phase and after the birth of a child have access to care and postnatal services.
3. RGI Survey Reveals What Is Women’s Opinion on Health Insurance Policies
A study by Reliance General Insurance (RGI) survey suggested that 98% of women feel health insurance policies need to be more women-centric. The report of this survey was compiled using an online survey of 547 women from 21 different cities varying in the age group of 21-45. Among these, 80% of women were working and financially independent. In this survey, ‘Buying a House’ was found to be the number one priority of women. Apart from this, statistics showed that the priorities of women focused on three parameters – health, well-being and stability.
4. Mrs World 2020 Gives Up Title After on-Stage Crowning Drama
Caroline Jurie, reigning Mrs World 2020, was accused of hurting Pushpika De Silva, who was later crowned as Mrs Sri Lanka 2021. She was arrested on charges of assaulting Mrs Sri Lanka 2021 while snatching the crown from her as De Silva was declared ineligible for the pageant. However, later on, De Silva was re-crowned with the title of Mrs Sri Lanka 2021. After this incident, Caroline Jurie gives up Mrs World title.
5. A Study Claims Gender Bias in Facebook’s Ads Tools
A university research published on 9th April 2021 claimed that Facebook’s tools disproportionately direct ads to a particular gender. One of the examples taken under study shows that Instacart delivery job ads were targeted to a female-heavy audience while the Domino’s Pizza delivery ads were targeted to a male-heavy viewer. However, Instacart has mostly female drivers and on the other hand, Domino’s has mostly men drivers. The survey finding put a solid argument over Facebook’s algorithm that may be violating a country’s anti-discrimination laws. While Microsoft Corp’s LinkedIn showed the ads for Instacart and Domino’s Pizza delivery job equally to the same proportion of men and women.