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New Delhi: Women empowerment is one of India’s prime concerns currently. The Indian Air force (IAF) has contributed its fair share by recently sanctioning women to fly combat missions by June 2017, according to India’s Ministry of Defense.

This progressive step is in keeping with the aspirations of Indian women and is in line with contemporary trends in armed forces of developed nations.

In an attempt to greet a British-women pilot, who is on a 13,000-mile solo flight from Farnborough in the UK to Sydney, in a vintage bi-plane, IAF decided to let women fly vintage Tiger Moth and Harvard planes. Though they would be co-pilots and won’t be flying solo.

The British women pilot, Tracey Curtis-Taylor, 53, is expected to touch down in New Delhi on November 24, in her 1942 Boeing Stearman Spirit of Artemis aircraft.

She is attempting to recreate the epic journey made by Amy Johnson who became the first woman to fly solo from Britain to Australia 85 years ago.

This decision has taken place to commemorate one of the greatest solo achievements by a women in history -– Johnson’s 1930 flight. IAF decided to celebrate this occasion with the vintage plan as they represent that era.

A senior Air Force officer said, “If all goes as planned, two women pilots will fly in the Tiger Moth and Harvard planes of the vintage flight.”

Women pilots have been flying transport aircraft and helicopters and now they are inducted to fly fighter stream to meet the aspirations of young women in India. This has bought IAF women in the forefront after the Modi government approved an IAF plan on October 24, that would allow them to fly combat aircraft from June 2017, a turning point in the IAF’s 83-year history.

Undoubtedly, it’s not a difficult task to fly vintage planes as co-pilots as withstanding G-forces — up to nine times the force of gravity — in a supersonic fighter. Nonetheless, an opportunity of this sought is something that even the veterans would wish for.

Curtis-Taylor would have flown across 23 countries, making 50 refueling stops including one in Pakistan, by the time she finally arrives in Sydney in January 2016. From India, she will travel on to Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia before flying across the Timor Sea to Australia.

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Launch of women empowerment campaign in Chicago

Launch of women empowerment campaign in Chicago.
Launch of women empowerment campaign in Chicago. IANS
  • Women empowerment campaign launched in Chicago
  • 150 people attended the campaign
  • The campaign was initiated by Indian women in Chicago

CHICAGO, IL, Dec 16, 2017: The Women’s Empowerment Campaign had a very successful media launch on December 9 at the Meadows Club in Rolling Meadows IL.

The event was attended by 150 people, including India’s Consul General in Chicago, Neeta Bhushan, and prominent business and community leaders.

The initiative is a collaboration between Bhushan and the principals of the campaign Rita Singh, Shital Daftari & Dr. Anuja Gupta, who are prominent businesswomen and community members in Chicagoland.

“It was a great idea of the founders to start a women’s empowerment group. It was much needed in Chicago & will go a long way” said Bhushan. The guests enjoyed a beautiful evening with the founders presenting their vision for the WE POWER campaign, presentation of their impressive team & entertainment by Ameya Dance Academy themed around women’s empowerment.

“Chicago needed a strong women’s group to represent the high level of success our community has seen in business, community service, arts & culture. The Women’s Empowerment Group has filled a huge gap & has great potential in Chicago & also nationally” added Bhushan.

The Campaign was designed to create the largest networking & empowerment platform for Indian women in Chicagoland.

“We wanted to form a group that showed the power of Indian women in Chicago & do something that made a positive impact in our community” said the founders.

The philosophy of the founders and leadership team was to build a powerful community of support for Indian women in Chicagoland through this platform. The group plans to celebrate Women’s Day annually as a gala event.

The group has had considerable recognition from the community so far. Many women have expressed an interest in joining the group. They have also received calls from Indian women outside of Chicagoland to join. Women leaders from the Indian community in Florida & New Jersey have expressed an interest in setting up sister organizations in their own town.

“The Indian women community has gotten to a level where we want to make a difference by supporting each other and elevating the status of the whole community” says Dr. Gupta. (IANS)

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