A few days ago, we witnessed a historical ruling, where the Supreme Court of India ensured daughters’ right to their parental and ancestral properties by birth. We also saw updates on the United States Presidential Elections and the Indian media trials - which even led the entry of a new player on Twitter, who acts as a setback to the normalisaing of conversations on mental health.
However, this week also served as a reminder to not be distracted from the COVID-19 updates. With massive spikes, India has crossed 2.9 million cases, indicating that the pandemic is still raging on, now more than ever. Take a look at what women have had to say to say on these developments:
Actor and philanthropist Priyanka Chopra applauded the Supreme Court’s ruling that daughters have right to inherit parental property by birth.
In a historical ruling, the Supreme Court of India ensured the right to daughters to inherit their parental property by birth. A great step towards equality for women all over the country. https://t.co/41FF92cVIy
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) August 14, 2020
Last week, #India's #SupremeCourt closed loopholes to ensure daughters have an equal share in joint family property under the Hindu Succession Act. Laws limiting women's access to inheritance restrict economic independence, thereby reinforcing #genderroleshttps://t.co/6qZuh5opiw pic.twitter.com/ORwyjKyDuS
— equalitynow (@equalitynow) August 18, 2020
— Charu Pragya (@CharuPragya) August 11, 2020
With actor Kangana Ranaut joining Twitter, several individuals have commented on the online abuses that were hurled to belittle and demean mental health and well-being of others.
“Depression ka dhandha?” Comments like these take us back 100 years. All the efforts by likes of Deepika and top psychiatrists gone down the drain. Normalising narrative is the need of the hour. This is a disparaging comment towards the sufferers @KanganaTeam @netshrink https://t.co/abLPMdYrLA
— Chaiti Narula (@Chaiti) August 19, 2020
Why is it so difficult to not give an opinion on everything under the sun? Stay in your lanes unless you can back your statements with learned information or experiences. https://t.co/FhW3kDlc5f
— Dr Sumaiya Shaikh (@Neurophysik) August 20, 2020
Many were also quick to respond to the COVID-19 spike, which has crossed 2.9 million cases in India.
India has reported 64,531 new cases of COVID 19 in the last twenty four hours. The highest one day spike yet.
— Rana Ayyub (@RanaAyyub) August 19, 2020
Some spoke up regarding the increasing impact of the ongoing Coronavirus crisis on women.
With the #Covid_19 crisis, women R bearing the social & eco impacts to a disproportionate degree as they represent over 70% of the front lines responding to the pandemic.Many health conditions in women often go unrecognised@MoHFW_INDIA@WHO@ficci_india https://t.co/zRNXlfXcom
— Dr. Sangita Reddy (@drsangitareddy) August 14, 2020
But, we were also made aware of those leading the battle against the crisis in remote parts of India.
It's the women led Self Help Groups #SHGs that have led the battle against #Covid_19 in some of the remotest pockets of #India @DAY_NRLM @ThePrintIndia writes N N Sinha, Secy @MoRD_GOI #Salute to the unsung #Heroes @sheroes @ https://t.co/aAmIB5wRXx
— PRADAN (@PRADAN_India) August 21, 2020
In better news, New Zealand passed an Equal Pay Amendment Bill.
— UN Women (@UN_Women) August 16, 2020
Michelle Obama reminded us of the struggle for women’s suffrage; a struggle that was much harder for women of color.
The struggle for women’s suffrage was long—and even longer for women of color—but generations of women knew that our vote was our voice.
100 years later, and we're still showing up, voting, and making our voices heard. Register and make a plan to vote: https://t.co/cBTTn9yuTH pic.twitter.com/BRQyhXOQkg
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) August 21, 2020
Women cheered on as US Vice Presidential Candidate, Kamala Harris, used the Tamil word ‘chithi’ on prime-time stage.
The moment @KamalaHarris mentioned her "Chittis," & my daughter said, "I have a Chitti too!" I wept. I never dreamed I would hear Tamil spoken in a VP acceptance speech, or an immigrant story so similar to my family's. 😭🇺🇸❤
— Aparna Bole (@DrAparnaBole) August 20, 2020
I literally have tears in my eyes. @KamalaHarris just said “chithis” which means auntie. My heart is so full right now
— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) August 20, 2020
But most importantly, Kamala Harris herself reminded us of something quite important- to see a world beyond ourselves.
My mother instilled in my sister, Maya, and me the values that would chart the course of our lives.
She taught us to put family first—the family you’re born into and the family you choose—but to also see a world beyond ourselves. #DemConvention pic.twitter.com/xU61nLrUXx
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 20, 2020
(Edited by Athira Nair)