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Maria Daume: Born in Russian Prison, First Female US Marine to Join School of Infantry

The Marine Corps established Infantry Training Regiments at Camp Lejeune and Camp Pendleton in the year 1953

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  • Born in Siberian prison, Maria Daume becomes the first female Marine to join the infantry
  • Maria Daume redefines what a woman can never do
  • Graduated from boot camp, Maria is set to overcome all hurdles

US, July 10, 2017: Mocked and bullied at school for being an orphan and born in a Siberian prison, Maria Daume, is the first female Marine to join the infantry. From boot camp to graduation, Maria Daume redefines what a woman can never do.

“I like to prove people wrong,” Daume told in her first interview. She remained unyielding to the difficult military operational specialties with persistence. “You know, you’re part of history, you know that right?” a retired Marine, eager to shake her hands told her.

Maria Daume. VOA.

The training which was held in Parris Islands demands a strict Warrior training. They are taught marksmanship skills, they complete a combat fitness test before facing the crucible a final 54-hour field event that tests the recruits on strength, knowledge, and indomitability. “I like to prove people wrong,” Daume states, disregarding time worn parameters set on a woman as a result of deep-seated patriarchy.

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However, her success comes amidst sexist slurs and disgraceful remarks. According to VOA report, a private Facebook group called Marines United comprised of thousands of Marines and retired Marines posted links to explicit images of military women with derogatory remarks.

Following this, The Naval Criminal Investigative Service has launched an investigation, which has reportedly spread to other military branches. “The Naval Criminal Investigative Service has launched an investigation, which has reportedly spread to other military branches.” Marine Corps Commandant Robert Neller questioned with repugnance and disgust. He demanded purgation of “perversion” from the culture.

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The Marine Corps established Infantry Training Regiments at Camp Lejeune and Camp Pendleton in the year 1953. The training is a combination of classroom instruction, hands-on practical application, and live-fire evolutions. Maria in an interview states “just because you are a female doesn’t mean you can’t do what a man can do”. 

On her graduating ceremony from the School of Infantry, tears of joy glistened in Daume’s mother’s eyes, who adopted Maria with her sibling Nikolai. Certainly, Daume has added a new line in the history of women and their achievements, their contributions which are celebrated during March in the US.

– by Puja Sinha. Twitter: pujas1994

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Accenture, Grameen Foundation’s apps to boost women’s financial inclusion

Accenture Labs in collaboration with the non-profit Grameen Foundation has developed two artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR)-based applications that can boost rural women's access to financial services

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Accenture releases app to empower women. IANS

Accenture Labs in collaboration with the non-profit Grameen Foundation has developed two artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR)-based applications that can boost rural women’s access to financial services.

The apps — Emotional Analytics for Social Enterprises (EASE) and Grameen Guru — will be rolled out by Grameen Foundation India across 300 villages in the states of Maharashtra and Odisha, Accenture Labs said in a statement on Wednesday.

Leveraging AI and AR-based technologies, the applications will help users better understand financial products and services, enabling them to make informed choices that positively impact their financial and social well-being.

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This app will empower rural women. Wikimedia Commons

“This is a tremendous example of how technology can help bridge the vast cultural and educational divide in places like India, having a real impact on the way people work and live,” said Sanjay Podder, Managing Director, Accenture Labs India.

EASE is an AI-based web and mobile app that helps microfinance advisors gain real-time insights into the emotional and cognitive status of their clients, based on video and audio inputs.

Helping to improve cross-cultural communication, the tool provides deeper insights on precisely what topics or keywords attract attention, or cause clients to disengage. On the other hand, Grameen Guru is a smartphone-based multilingual chatbot that leverages AR technology to help clients who cannot read and understand written material.

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Using the app, a user can hold their phone over a brochure that details available financing options, for example, and the Guru virtual assistant will pop up and prompt a conversation in the local language to explain the material.

“Barriers — ranging from illiteracy to a lack of bank branches in rural areas, coupled with a lack of confidence and access to information — hinder adoption for millions of low-income women in India,” said Prabhat Labh, CEO, Grameen Foundation India. The use of these new technologies will enable effective economic empowerment of women, he noted. IANS