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May 02, 2017:

  1. “When I’m tired, I rest. I say, I can’t be a superwoman today.” – Jada Pinkett Smith (American actress)

Jada Pinkett Smith, Twitter 

A woman has boundless responsibilities to fulfil and of course, every woman is a superwoman in her life. It takes strength, fortitude, and an indomitable spirit to be a woman and thus it is okay to take a break once a while and rest.

2. “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” –Anaïs Nin (Essayist and Memoirist)

Anaïs Nin , Twitter

 The thought is evoking and empowering in the absolute sense. Do that one thing that scares you every day. Do not tighten yourself in a bud rather blossom like a flower. Sometimes you will find yourself in a moment that will tickle your nerves and throb your heart. Prepare yourself of the bruises that will come your way. Step out of your comfort and see the world through a different perspective.

3. “Women asking for raises should not only know their value, but they should ask with the confidence that they’re helping the company to be successful.” –Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Twitter

Accessing your self-worth is as valuable as the position you hold in a company. There is no harm in asking for raises, you should know your contribution is equally important to the men in the company. There shall be no mayhem in confidence of a woman in soliciting for her share.

  1. “Doubt is a killer. You just have to know who you are and what you stand for.” – Jennifer Lopez (American Singer)

    Jennifer Lopez, Twitter

A woman should be aware of her potentials. If only you will not realise your true potential, how will you expect others to make it certain for you? It is absolutely right to say that doubt is a killer of a person’s potential.

 

5. “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” – Nora Ephron (American journalist)

Nora Ephron, Twitter

There may come boundless hardships in life that a woman has to face, in spite of being petrified and victimised, strive to be a fighter in your life. Succumbing to victimisation will only make you a source of pity and nothing else however if you switch to heroism in your life, you will find yourself evolving stronger.

 

  1. “Women will only have true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation.” –Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of US)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Twitter

The quote is by the famous Supreme Court justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg who is a glass ceiling breaker, avid questioner, and millennial sensation. She emphasised on gender equality when she was asked to identify the major barrier in the way of equality for women.

  1. “When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed nor welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak remembering we were never meant to survive.” – Audre Lorde (writer, feminist)

Audre Lorde, Twitter

Audre cajoles the student to imagine what it means to live in a culture where to speak is equivalent brutal punishment – imprisonment, death, torture. Can this fear be understood solely as shyness or an expression of deeply constructed norms against owning one’s words? She urges to participate in the global struggle to fight against domination and break the silence with speech.

  1. “A strong woman is a woman determined to do something others are determined not be done.” –Marge Piercy (American poet)

Marge Piercy , Twitter

Initially, when a woman is determined to do something she finds rejection and resistance from the society. There will be doubters on her way to tell her that it can’t be done or that it won’t work out. The strength of a woman is realised only when she overlook the notions of people around her and succeeds. And that’s when you become a strong woman.

  1. “I may be wearing makeup, but I can throw a fastball by you at the same time.” –Jennie Finch (right-handed softball pitcher)

Jennie Finch, Twitter

It is redundant to say that women wearing makeup are not worth playing sports or lack efficiency. A woman can equally play fiercely while her makeup on so any judgment on the basis of outer appearance is abandoned and overrated.

  1. Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create. – Oprah Winfrey (talk show host, actress)

Oprah Winfrey, Wikimedia

Holding back to resentments will lead you nowhere but in the past only. Oprah urges women to step out of the woeful past and create a new story for her.

  1. It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent. –Madeleine Albright (American politician and diplomat)

Madeleine Albright, Twitter

In today’s world, it is impertinent to be vocal and develop a voice of your own. Unless you can’t voice your opinion and firm your stance in the world, you will no longer be heard or seen.

  1. “I hope the fathers and mothers of little girls will look at them and say yes, women can.” – Dilma Rousseff (Brazilian economist and politician)

Dilma Rousseff, Twitter

Dilma Rousseff presents the harsh reality of the present world. Many times, it is the father and mother of a female child who impedes the growth of her. The change should begin with the home itself, it is only when the parents of a girl child will stand up and say, ‘yes… my girl can. A woman can” – that day will make a huge difference in a woman’s life. As parents, it is your responsibility to show faith in a girl child foremost before anything else.

  1. “Power’s not given to you. You have to take it.” –Beyoncé Knowles Carter (American singer)

Beyoncé Knowles Carter, Twitter

There comes a point in life when you have to “Take it” voluntarily and not wait for the power to be presented to you. You will have to speak up, speak out and share your brilliance with the world. Let everyone know what you are capable of and what can you achieve. Stop waiting for green signals or a tap on the shoulder, do the needful before the circumstances knock you down.

  1. “I didn’t get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it.” – Estée Lauder (American businesswoman)

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You can have everything you want if you work for it – the quote is absolute in all the sense. Nothing comes your way easily until you step out of way to make things happen. We often hope for the good things to happen to us and get nothing in the end. Amidst of hoping and wishing for great things to come to us, we seldom realise the importance of work.

  1. If I stop to kick every barking dog I am not going to get where I’m going. – Jackie Joyner-Kersee ( American track and field athlete)

    Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Wikimedia

Your journey may be full of people constantly trying their best to bring you down, but if you halt at every end of these people, you will never be able to cross the journey. In order to be successful, you must learn to ignore such people and lead the walk of an elephant before these barking dogs.

– by Naina Mishra of Newsgram, Twitter: Nainamishr94

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Assam Government signs a MoU with Google India to expand Internet Connectivity

It will provide Internet connections to 26,000 villages and 1,500 tea garden areas in Assam

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Guwahati, Assam, September 8, 2017: The Assam government on Thursday signed a MoU with Google India to take Internet connectivity to the remotest part of the north-eastern state.

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said the government would work to provide Internet connections to 26,000 villages and 1,500 tea garden areas in Assam under the MoU and thus increase digital literacy.

Information Technology Secretary Nitin Khare and Google India Country Head (Policy) Chetan Krishnaswami signed the Memorandum of Understanding in the presence of Sonowal.

“Technology rules the roost in the 21st century and the state government has upped the ante to use technology to carry forward the fruits of development to the remotest parts of Assam,” the Chief Minister said.

He said the ties with Google was a way forward to strongly pitch Guwahati as a natural gateway to the South-East Asian countries.

Sonowal said his government in sync with the Centre was working for the success of Startup initiative but the success of such programmes sans technology would be a distant dream.

“The MoU will be used as a launchpad to achieve the state government’s vision of women empowerment, skill development, and universal education,” he said.

The Chief Minister asked the Information Technology Department to take steps to make technology acceptable and favourable among the rural populace so as to catalyse rural development. (IANS)

 

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A welcome step for women empowerment laws, soon to be introduced law will help to prevent women’s abuse in NRI marriages: Rakesh Srivastava

Rakesh Srivastava talked about increasing women employment, equal work participation, and gender equality

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A soon to be introduced law will help in women empowerment as it will prevent women’s abuse in NRI marriages
A soon to be introduced law will help in women empowerment as it will prevent women’s abuse in NRI marriages. Pixabay
  • Efforts are required for training and skill up-gradation of women in traditional, new and emerging 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.

Also Read: Misery of the outcast wives in India by their NRI husbands

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.

Also Read: In Netherlands, PM Narendra Modi pitches for Women Empowerment in India

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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Miss Transqueen India 2017 : Delhi Says Be-YOU-tiful, Gears Up to Host Transgender Beauty Pageant on August 27

Recently, Kerala hosted the first ever Indian transgender beauty pageant. Now its time for Delhi to bring together trans-women for a national competition.

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  • Delhi-NCR to hold a one-of-its-kind national beauty pageant for Indian trans-women
  • The competition aims to augment acceptability of the minority community and help them find stable jobs

New Delhi, August 23, 2017 : The struggle for acceptance, visibility and protection by transgender individuals has a long history. Of late, the issue has come under radar as steps are now being taken to bring the community at par with the mainstream society. To further these efforts, the capital city is now gearing up to host a one-of its-kind beauty pageant for Indian trans-women on August 27.

In this unique competition which will be hosted in Gurugram (Delhi-NCR region) sixteen trans-women from all over the country will compete for the coveted title of ‘Miss Transqueen India 2017‘.

The winner of the crown will also get an opportunity to represent India at the ‘Miss International Transqueen’ which has been scheduled to take place in Thailand next year.

The Miss Transqueen 2017 competition aims celebrate trans beauty and to inculcate confidence among Indian trans-women who are often self-stigmatized due to the society’s alien behavior.

More recently, Kerala hosted the first ever Indian transgender beauty pageant on June 15 which was attended by people in large numbers.

The Miss Transqueen Indian 2017 event is being organized and managed by the event-management firm Suhani Dreamcatchers. According to a report by PTI, Reena Rai, the founder of the firm highlighted that transgender people are often made to feel ‘different’ in the Indian society, who think they are only good enough for begging or unskilled work. “We want to change this. Our beauty pageant and its grooming sessions offer hope and is a symbol for change,” she said.

ALSO READ India’s First ever Transgender Athletics meet in Kerala

The competition bears its roots in India’s various campaigns for gender equality and empowerment, and aims to augment acceptance of trans-women in the Indian society and help them find respectable work in different mainstream industries like fashion, television, films and the likes.

The 16 shortlisted participants, who are now preparing for the Delhi competition, were chosen after several rounds of nationwide auditions that saw as many as 1,500 entries. The participants have also undergone rigorous training under close supervision of several well-known grooming experts from the industry.

Educator and grooming expert Avleen Khokhar, who is also associated with the event, believes in the importance of such platforms to empower the third gender.

According to her, “The transgender community is India is being denied education and jobs due to persistent discrimination.” She strongly propagates that competitions and platforms like these are not only necessary to further inclusion of this minority community into the mainstream Indian society but also provide the third gender with “an opportunity to embrace and empower themselves.”

ALSO READ: India becoming more Transgender- Friendly: Read this report

The event, which is slated for August 27, is expected to host big names from the country. The winner of the pageant will be crowned by Miss Transsexual Australia International 2017 Laetica Phylliscia Raveena.


 

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