It’s only the seventh week of 2020, and there is already an unending line of controversies and debates regarding women’s lives across the world, this year. As is the norm, anyone and everyone with an opinion is using social media to share their views, trying to make their voices matter.
While the Academy awards was the highlight of the week globally, India had its own share of interesting developments with the capital city’s election results applauding the incumbent government. Of course, not a single week passes in India without the country gaining attention for wrong reasons – like college girls being molested, or even forced to strip!
As another week comes to a halt, MAKERS India takes a look at the tweets which revealed what netizens are concerned about, in terms of the global women’s movement.
Renowned journalist Amy Kaufman tweeted this on actor Natalie Portman’s sartorial choice at the Oscars 2020, which took a dig at the omission of female talent in the nominations:
Director Alma Har’el agreed:
If you need a class at being classy read Natalie Portman’s statement.— Alma Har'el🌪 (@Almaharel) February 13, 2020
Appreciation for the discourse but Natalie fought for Jenkins (THOR 2) and Ramsey (JANE GOT A GUN) and many more.
She also worked with many women directors on MV and Ads.
I stan this class act & thank her. https://t.co/5DRpCc8d37
It was heartening to see women putting political differences aside to pull each other up. Former NSUI President Angellica Aribam congratulated Aam Aadmi Party’s Atishi Marlena on the latter’s win in the Delhi elections.
Happy to learn that @AtishiAAP won. Need more strong, assertive, and capable women at the decision-making table. It's a bonus when they are aware of their privilege and uses it for those without it.— Angellica Aribam (@AngellicAribam) February 11, 2020
The official handle of #MeToo movement in India called out a college in Gujarat where students were forced to remove their under garments to prove that they were not menstruating:
Repeat after me, periods are normal and should not be stigmatised through misogynistic religious norms.— #MeTooIndia (@IndiaMeToo) February 14, 2020
All the people in the hostel’s management involved in this horrid incident should be sacked. https://t.co/IFKcZKoy0r
Veteran journalist Barkha Dutt made a point about the selective handling of justice when it comes to attack on women in the country.
You have to be scared when a police force thrashes students in a campus protest but doesn't protect women from mass sexual abuse on another campus. #GargiCollege— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) February 10, 2020
UN Women sent out a strong message on ‘Galentine’s Day’ (February 13) on women empowerment – women empowering each other:
UN Women also sent out a reminder on fighting the laws protecting rapists:
The international entity also sent out another reminder against child marriage:
And one more:
The United Nation’s Peacekeeping force also tweeted a heart-warming message:
Our women peacekeepers often become a source of joy and support to children 🙌🙌🙌— UN Peacekeeping (@UNPeacekeeping) February 12, 2020
This South African🇿🇦 peacekeeper with @MONUSCO shows her love & affection to a newborn baby at a Maternity Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo 🇨🇩. 💕🏥 #A4P pic.twitter.com/t2l0IwOFB3
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who actively promotes the feminist cause, also shared an important message:
Every child, no matter who they are or where they live, deserves to enjoy their childhood. And every girl, like every boy, deserves to be part of the game. We’ll always support programs like @RightToPlayCAN that advance youth & girls’ education & empowerment through sports. pic.twitter.com/W25hokLAAx— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) February 13, 2020
What are your favourite tweets this week? Share with us in the comments below.