This was a week of protests, gold medals, and special pledges. Here’s how this week fared for women.
1. India Wins Gold in Women’s Trap Team Event
At the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup, Rajeshwari Kumari, Manisha Keer, and Shreyasi Singh clinched a gold medal for India. The Indian women’s Trap team beat the Kazakhstan trio 6-0 in the final. The Indian shooters, Shreyasi and Manisha, managed to keep a low rate of missed shots and hit the targets. The Men’s Trap Team, Kynan Chenai, Prithviraj Tondaiman, and Lakshay also won the gold medal and beat the Slovakian team. India topped the medals tally with a whopping 30 medals in total:15 gold, 9 silver, and 6 bronze.
2. Protests Against Turkey’s Decision to Quit Domestic Violence Treaty
Turkey is witnessing widespread protests, especially by Turkish Women to demand the government reverse its decision to withdraw from an international treaty against domestic abuse. The country has pulled out of the Istanbul Convention, named after the city where it was drafted in 2011when Mr. Erdogan was the prime minister of Turkey. Femicides and the murders of women in Turkey are serious issues in the country worrying the women’s rights activists. The government is trying to justify the withdrawal by stating that the treaty has been hijacked by a group of people attempting to normalize homosexuality, which is incompatible with Turkey’s social and family values. On Saturday, protesters gathered in an Istanbul seafront square under heavy police presence, waving purple flags and chanting slogans such as “Murders of women are political.”
3. KFC India Pledges to Hire More Women Employees
Under its plan to step up diversity and inclusion initiatives in India, KFC plans to increase its women workforce to 5000. With the help of its ‘KFC Kshamata’ program, KFC India is trying to increase the overall ratio of women employees to 40 percent by 2024 which is currently at 30 percent. The chicken fast-food chain currently operates two all-women restaurants. In order to provide an elevated KFC experience for specially-abled team members as well as customers, plans are set to launch flagship Special KFCs in India. The brand, under its KFC Kshamata program, is aiming for 70 ‘Special KFCs’ by 2024. Currently, there are 30 of this kind operational at the moment.