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From Sania to Saina: Rise of Indian women in sports

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By Ila Garg

Since ancient times, sports has been an integral part of Indian history. We have some legendary sportsmen like Milkha Singh, Kapil Dev, Dhyanchand, etc. ruling the charts. Today, women are also becoming the face of Indian sports. Women sportspersons these days are taking Indian sports to a new height. Sania Mirza and Saina Nehwal have gradually emerged as popular youth icons and are creating ripples in the stagnant ocean! NewsGram takes a look at their journey:

Sania MirzaSania Mirza took India tennis to the global level. In the days when the patriarchal society of India was reveling in the notion that women cannot excel in sports, a determined Mirza changed the course of Tennis. Born on 15th November 1986, she started playing tennis at an early age of six. She found her first coach in her father Imran who diligently took her talent forward and carved it well so that she could be an inspiration for others like her.

She started taking part in international tournaments from the year 1999 and soon became a pro at the game. Her strength became evident from her very first game. In 2003, she managed to enter the list of world’s top 100 tennis players. She is the youngest Indian player to win the Grand Slam title too, thus creating a stir amongst the masses.

The ace player Sania is currently ranked world number one in the women’s doubles (she retired from singles recently). Now, she is all set to receive Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, the highest Indian honour in the field of sports. It is indeed a big achievement for the star tennis player as she is the second tennis player after Leander Paes to be recommended for this award. NewsGram congratulates her for being an inspiration to many people around the world and opening new doors for the tennis aspirants.

Saina Nehwal has proved her mettle as a promising Indian female Badminton player and continues to reach heights. Like Sania Mirza aroused the interest of the youths to pursue the game of tennis, she is opening a whole new arena for them to follow.Saina Nehwal

She was born on 17th March 1990 with the game instilled in her genes as both her parents, Dr. Harvir Singh and Usha Rani were former State Badminton Champions. Her training started at the age of eight and since then the badminton racket has been her companion. In the year 2003, she made her presence felt when she won the Junior Czech Open Tournament.

Subsequently in 2004, she became the National Junior Champion and in 2005, she won the title again. This shows her dedication towards the game. In 2006, she won the bronze medal at the Commonwealth games thus creating a benchmark for herself. From small steps, she soon took leaps as she won the Superseries Title in 2009.

She has been decorated with awards like Arjuna Award (2009), Padma Shri Award (2010) and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award (2010). Her zeal has motivated many others to follow her path.

Sania Mirza and Saina Nehwal

From Sania Mania to Saina Style, Indian women have been rising in the field of sports and overcoming all hurdles. NewsGram feels that more and more women should come forward and take sports as career. Only required tools are diligence, hard work, and passion.

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All You Need to Know About Gender Parity

Are we any closer to parity in gender pay scales

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Gender parity for women has an economic as well as social impact in a country like India. Pixabay

As part of its commitment to diversity and inclusion, gender equality and corporate transparency, global retail major RB has recently issued reports on gender pay in its top five markets around the globe, including India in the companys first global Gender Pay Report.

Gender parity for women has an economic as well as social impact in a country like India. Achieving gender equality in India would have a larger economic impact there than in any other region in the world-$700 billion of added GDP in 2025-but comprehensive change is needed, said a report by McKinsey in November 2015.

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Gender equality and corporate transparency, global retail major RB has recently issued reports on gender parity in its top five markets around the globe, including India in the companys first global Gender Pay Report. Pixabay

Ranjay Radhakrishnan, Chief Human Resources Officer, commented: “In 2019, we promised to go beyond what was legally required for gender pay reporting. Today, I’m proud to say that we have delivered on that commitment, issuing our first global Gender Pay Report covering our five largest markets and representing nearly 50 percent of our global employees. It is clear that RB needs to better reflect our consumers and the profile of the markets we operate in. We recognise there is more to do to achieve our ambition of increasing the number of women in senior management positions to 40 percent by 2022.”

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As one of the first FTSE 100 companies to go beyond the UK’s gender pay disclosure requirements, RB’s 2019 report covers the US, the UK, China, India and Mexico, which represents nearly 50percent of RB’s global employees. RB’s global ambition is to double the numbers of women in senior management positions to 40 percent by 2022, from a 2016 baseline of 20 percent. In 2019, 26 percent of RB’s senior management positions globally were held by women.

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Other than the traditional corporate houses, the United Nations has its corporate gender equality evaluations in the UN system that aims to inform the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review by providing evidence on what works and what does not work in mainstreaming gender equality in UN entities. (IANS)