Priyanka Gandhi Calls UP's 'Mission Shakti' A Failure
Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi said that the Yogi Adityanath led Uttar Pradesh government's 'Mission Shakti' has "failed" as crimes against women are rising.
Mission Shakti' campaign was launched in October with a focus on ensuring the safety and dignity of women and girls.
Regarding the rising crimes against women, Gandhi pointed out how "case is being registered against those responsible for burning a woman after one month," referring to the Hathras gangrape case where the victim's body was burnt by the police in the absence of the family and subsequent denial of rape.
UP saw several horrifying incidents of male violence in Hathras, Lakhimpur, Azamgarh, Balrampur (where the victim's body was similarly burnt), etc.
Nadia Murad: COVID-19 Pandemic Increased Gender-Based Violence
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad said that violence against women and children have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown in the form of domestic violence, intimate partner violence, sexual assaults, child marriage, etc.
She believed that curfews, lockdowns and travel restrictions imposed by governments to slow the spread of the virus “have had unintended consequences on women."
27-year-old was speaking virtually at a U.N. meeting 'Locked Down and Locked-In: Standing Against Sexual Violence and Human Trafficking during the COVID-19 Pandemic.'
Nadia Murad is a survivor of sexual slavery, who was sold to the ISIS in Iraq.
She became an activist on behalf of women and girls after escaping and finding refuge in Germany and shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018.
Maitri Wadher's Online Store To Empower Left-Handed People
26-year-old Maitri Wadher launched the online store named 'The Left Out Store.'
She conceived the idea while she was participating in an inter-collegiate fest where she was asked to present a business plan before the jury that consisted of venture capitalists.
Every major product like doors, fridges etc, are designed to favour right-handed people, who are the majority.
Her store sells some really cool products like ink pens, sharpeners spiral notebooks, folders and calligraphy sets, kitchen tools and accessories like knives, peelers, can openers, as well as scissors and paper cutters for lefties.
Smriti Lamech: Making Political Ragdolls
41-year-old Smriti Lamech, who is former journalist, launched this Kodaikanal-based ‘Smritsonian’ during the COVID-19 lockdown where she started crafting making dolls that give political and peaceful messages.
She came across a self-help group called Prowess, where she saw women working as sole breadwinners of the family, and then decided to design unique dolls and give them orders to help them in their ventures.
She made dolls of Kalpana Chawla and other major icons.
Women Artists Supporting Farmers' Protest
Farmers are currently protesting against the central government's three farm laws which removes the middlemen or mandi system.
Women artists including the likes of 32-year-old Jagjit Kaur and 28-year-old Jaspreet Kaur Jassi have lent their support through their performances.
Akhila Bharatiya Mahila Samskrutika Sanghatane was there to express solidarity with the farmers’ community.
Experts said that farmers' protest is also a woman's rights issue because as per the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act 2020 (ECA), the removal of cereals, pulses, potatoes and onions among others from the purview of the law, would further worsen the already poor nutrition levels among rural women.