July 24, 2017: We all have lived by the beliefs appended to Menstruation and deeply embedded them in our systems. What we call as a taboo was, in fact, a bliss in the past.
Undermentioned are the myths imputed to menstruation and respective elucidations-
Menstrual blood is impure…
In some Indian cultures, menstrual blood is said to possess immense power. Menstruating women have heightened psychic abilities, even more so to heal the sick.
Women are not allowed to enter temple while on her periods…
The old age myth with the monthly cycle is that a woman on periods is forbidden to enter the holy temple. Barring the negative connotations to the lore, a menstruating woman is deemed akin to a Goddess. The power of the presiding deity at the temple ceases when menstruating women enter the temple.
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Women should not lay flat at the temple in front of the deity…
Women should not lay flat, rather they just kneel down in front of the god. Scriptures say that laying womb on the floor to worship the deity is viewed against the humanity. With due consideration to the fact that womb is cradle to mankind, and even the almighty does not disdain it.
Menstruating women should not cook…
It is believed that according to Vedas, the cosmic energy of food derived from plant life is full of prana which is energy flowing from the ground towards the sky. On the other hand, blood from the periods is flowing downwards. While prana is full of energy, menstrual blood is governed by Pitta and Vata which cleanses the spirit. The confluence of upward and downward flow of energies will hamper the cleansing process. The myth thus stands invalid.
– by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter @Nainamishr94
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New Delhi, Sep 28, 2017: Indian women have undertaken every role in each sphere of life from beauty to the outrageous corporate world with due diligence. Fortune magazine has released the Most Powerful Women in Business Outside the US list in which two Indian women, ICICI Bank’s Chanda Kochhar and Axis Bank chief Shikha Sharma have made it to the rankings while Indira Nooyi featured in the top three businesswomen on the US edition list.
Anna Bonnin, the executive chairman of the Banco Santander Group, was ranked first in the list. Kochhar was placed fifth, and Sharma was ranked 21st in the list.
PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi was ranked second on the US Most Powerful Women in Business list. General Motors CEO Mary Barra topped the list while Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson took the third spot.
The annual list of working women outside the United States was released 17th time. The 50 global businesswomen represented 17 countries and had 11 newcomers this year. The methodology involved four criteria: the size and importance of the woman’s business in the global economy, the health and direction of the business, the arc of the woman’s career (resume and runway ahead), and social and cultural influence, mentioned Livemint.
Efforts are required for training and skill up-gradation of women in traditional, new andemerging areas to promote women’s employment
In November the government will honor 100 women achievers
Gender Equality is still not reflected in ‘participation in economic activities’ which is not a good thing for women empowerment
New Delhi (India), September 7, 2017: Rakesh Srivastava, Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development said that very soon a law will be finalized which will protect Indian women who are abandoned by their NRI husbands or foreign partners. He said this on 6th September 2107. It will be a praiseworthy step for women empowerment.
Srivastava was present for the inauguration ceremony of 2nd Conference on Women at the workplace- “Role of Leadership”, New Delhi. The Conference was organized by The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM).
Women Empowerment by increasing job opportunities for women
According to ANI report, Rakesh Srivastava said “India has taken a lead role in gender budgeting in the world. Efforts are also required for training and skill up-gradation of women in traditional, new and emerging areas to promote women’s employment in both organized/unorganized sectors, including entrepreneurial development.”
Women Achievers will be honored
Srivastava also informed that in November the government will honor 100 women achievers. The event will be held in Hyderabad and will possibly be attended by The US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump. The government decided to honor women achievers will inspire other women to reach great heights of success, this step will foster women empowerment.
Equal Opportunities for Women
He further added that if suitable strategies and also laws which help in women empowerment are implemented- it will ensure equal opportunities for women to enter as well as enjoy decent work in a healthy work environment. This will also include fair and equal wages, health measures, social security measures and occupational safety.
Knowledge about Gender Equality will increase Women Empowerment
He cited that gender equality is critical for the development of any country. Srivastava said that by removing barriers which prevent women from having the same access to economic opportunities, education, and productive inputs as men will lead to productivity gains. It is a crucial step to be taken in today’s globalized and competitive world.
Srivastava said, “India has been ranked 87 out of 144 countries on the latest World Economic Forum’s Gender Gap Report 2016, but in the economic sphere, much work remains to be done as India ranks 136 in this pillar out of 144 countries.” He added that gender equality is still not reflected in ‘participation in economic activities’ which is not a good thing for women empowerment.
Workforce Participation Rate in Men v/s Women
“In 2011, the workforce participation rate at all India level is 25.51% for women as compared to 53.26% for men. While there is no urban-rural gap for males (53%), there is a considerable rural-urban gap for females, when workforce participation rate for rural women is 30% it is only 15.4% for urban women,” Srivastava said, mentions ANI report.
Women Empowerment by building women’s Hostels for widows and women in distress
Rakesh Srivastava, the secretary of Ministry of Women and Child Development also shared that the government is working on women’s hostels that can also be utilized by the widows and women in distress in India.
Srivastava said “Women form an integral part of the Indian workforce. They need to be equal partners in the society for them to be equal participants in work. Women have to contend with discriminatory laws, institutions and attitudes that restrict their leadership and full participation in public life.” He added that what prevents women from becoming effective leaders is unequal access to resources.
October 15 will be observed as ‘Women Farmer’s Day’ all thanks to Krishna Raj, Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare. This move by a minister, noticing rural women’s contribution in farming paves way for women empowerment of rural women.
Krishna Raj said, “Women can make enormous contributions to economies, whether in businesses, on farms, as entrepreneurs or employees, or by doing unpaid care work at home.”
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Researchers from the University of Washington found three major causes of injury -fall, road traffic accidents and domestic violence
US men were three times as likely to die after sustaining a fall than US women
One in four female victims of assault in India actively seeks care after experiencing intimate partner violence
New York, USA, September 3, 2017: Women in India are nearly 40 times more likely to die after being assaulted than their peers in the US, finds a comparative analysis of trauma data from both countries.
In the study, researchers from the University of Washington found three major causes of injury -fall, road traffic accidents and domestic violence.
Indian men were more likely to die after sustaining any one of the three categories of injury than either Indian women or US men and women.
On the other hand, US men were three times as likely to die after sustaining a fall than US women.
However, the greatest disparity in risk of death emerged for Indian and US women who had been assaulted -a difference the researchers described as “unparalleled”.
Domestic violence was found to increase the risk of death in Indian women by nearly 40 times than among the US women.
Importantly, evidence showed that only one in four female victims of assault in India actively seeks care after experiencing intimate partner violence.
In addition, both men and women in the US had between five and seven times lower odds of dying after a fall or a road traffic accident than did their counterparts in India, the researchers said.
“The higher odds of death for Indian females compared with US females suggest that there are other injuries and systemic factors that contribute to this discrepancy in mortality odds,” said Mohini Dasari, a researcher at the University of Washington.
For the study, published in the online journal BMJ Global Health, the team drew on information submitted to Indian (11,670 cases) and the US (14,155 cases) trauma databases for 2013 to 2015.
The Indian database comprised patients from four hospitals in Kolkata, Mumbai, and Delhi, while the US database included patients treated at level 1 trauma centres in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (IANS)