As India survived yet another week of the Coronavirus pandemic, women sought to social media to share their thoughts and relevant information. Over the past few days, investigation and protests for justice for late actor Sushant Singh Rajput also made news. It was not all bad news, with some women leaders going an extra mile or two to help the world in this desperate times.
MAKERS India collates a few posts by prominent women on social media from the past week.
You may have noticed a large number of women sharing black-and-white photos on Instagram, with the hashtag ‘Challenge Accepted.’ Journalist Faye DSouza explained the trend here:
Biocon Chairperson and one of the global leaders in pharmaceuticals industry, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, made an important statement on the potential distribution of Coronavirus vaccines:
Who will receive the first supply of vaccines? Young people n health workers ought to get first priority. The elderly, those with co-morbidites n children should not be exposed to the vaccine until safety risk is established.
— Kiran Mazumdar Shaw (@kiranshaw) July 30, 2020
On the day when India reported the highest number of COVID-19 cases, journalist Rana Ayyub pointed out the priorities of the incumbent government.
Record 55,000 new coronavirus cases in India in a day. Chalo Mandir banaate hain
— Rana Ayyub (@RanaAyyub) July 31, 2020
Soon after the Union government announced its latest education reforms, venture capitalist Vani Kola, MD of Kalaari Capital, shared this:
Education reform is the need of the hour. I'm a big proponent of ensuring students develop holistic learning & life skills. The new #education reform gives students opportunity for true learning.#NEP2020 is definitely a step in the right direction to make #India a powerhouse. pic.twitter.com/VauwAinNZJ
— Vani Kola (@VaniKola) July 31, 2020
Stand-up comedian Aditi Mittal took a dig at the levels to which media sensationalism has stooped to, on reporting the investigation into actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death.
I remember having a long discussion with a friend about how scary it was that our #1 soaps were about naagins and dayans and we ended that discussion by saying we’re over thinking it. It was only a matter of time before that naagin/Dayan jumped from the soaps to the news channels https://t.co/BlKUO6PitH
— out of context aditi mittal (@awryaditi) July 31, 2020
Actor and environmentalist Dia Mirza, who is also UN Goodwill Ambassador, shared a valuable lesson on World Nature Conservation Day.
Let’s keep planting change! Let’s strive to conserve, protect and restore nature. Our lives, health, well being, peace and progress depends on it 🌏🦋🌳 Let’s #BuildBackBetter #ForNature. #WorldNatureConservationDay Salute all those who work to protect our natural world. #SDGs pic.twitter.com/PoJBo1iZoW
— Dia Mirza (@deespeak) July 28, 2020
As UPSC released its exam notifications, 1997 Batch IAS Officer Dr Beela Rajesh (now Tamil Nadu Health Secretary) tweeted an advice for UPSC aspirants.
#CountdownUPSC- It is not only the number of hours of study per day but the quality of the study hours that will sail u through!
— Dr Beela Rajesh IAS (@DrBeelaIAS) July 26, 2020
India’s first woman IPS officer Kiran Bedi, now Governor of Puducherry, informed netizens about her latest initiative:
Ever since the Covid outbreak,
I have been receiving innumerable messages on my WhatsApp, which were duly forwarded & acted upon.
To strengthen this confidential feedback system and give people more options, I have set up a direct personal email account also for the purpose @ANI pic.twitter.com/8Pw85q0Mnx
— Kiran Bedi (@thekiranbedi) July 31, 2020