Another week has passed, and India is still worried about Coronavirus crisis, as is the rest of the world. The ongoing crisis has brought out the best and worst of people, and there has not been a period in living memory when the world needed hope more desperately. A few women, who have been at the forefront of India’s fight against the deadly pandemic, shared some positive developments on social media this week.
Kerala Health and Family Welfare Minister KK Shailaja shared the news of her becoming the only Indian to speak at the UN’s global panel in Coronavirus a few days ago:
Participated in a panel discussion of @UN on the UN Public Service Day. It was an honour to be a part of a panel that included the UN Secretary-general, Director General of @WHO (@DrTedros) & many others. We had a great conversation on the ongoing efforts against #COVID19. pic.twitter.com/h2N4xEZROk
— Shailaja Teacher (@shailajateacher) June 24, 2020
Researcher and economist Shamika Ravi shared some important statistics on COVID-19:
ACTIVE cases across countries:
1) Yet to peak: US, Brazil, India...
2) Plateaued: France, Russia, UK...
3) Second wave: Spain, Iran.... pic.twitter.com/SGWlkC13ab
— Prof Shamika Ravi (@ShamikaRavi) June 26, 2020
Although the larger part of India is still struggling for their livelihoods due to the crisis, more people are coming forward to help the underprivileged. Award-winning journalist and author Rana Ayyub shared a moment from the relief efforts she is leading:
I promise you, this has been the most exhausting day of our relief work. Twelve noon, forty degrees, debilitating humidity, Gujarat highway and hungry faces around. Knocked out. But content to know that families who have been starving for days will not sleep on an empty stomach pic.twitter.com/uBkptQMOQB
— Rana Ayyub (@RanaAyyub) June 20, 2020
On a lighter note, author Kiran Manral said out loud, what most women in charge of domestic duties have been thinking lately:
What is the news on domestic help in Mumbai? Allowed or not allowed? I’m so done with this Domestic Goddess sash and crown.
— Kiran Manral (@KiranManral) June 26, 2020
Meanwhile, UN Women alerted the netizens on how the COVID-19 crisis impacts new mothers:
Childbirth doesn't stop during a pandemic
During public health emergencies 🏥, human & financial resources are often diverted from various health programs to respond to the outbreak
SRHR services CANNOT be ignored during #Covid19
ℹ️:https://t.co/IgXe8BiufJ -@UNFPA @UNFPAIndia pic.twitter.com/60scZ1YlAK
— UN Women India (@unwomenindia) June 25, 2020
As an economic crisis is looming, worrying entrepreneurs as well as workforces across the world, renowned venture capitalist and Kalaari Capital founder Vani Kola shared a reminder on the power of resilience:
— Vani Kola (@VaniKola) June 25, 2020
Badminton pro PV Sindhu gave a shout out to teachers across the country who are dedicated to provide education despite the hardships posed by the current situation:
Teachers, thank you for showing resilience in these tough times and ensuring seamless education for kids. I would like to thank my childhood teachers, Ms. Vimala ma’am, Kirti mam and all the teachers who have been instrumental in shaping me as an individual and player. (1/2)
— Pvsindhu (@Pvsindhu1) June 24, 2020
Actor Taapsee Pannu, who is often vocal about social issues, raised concern on the death of a father-son duo in police custody in Tamil Nadu:
This might just be one case out of many but it takes only one case to begin the snowball effect. #JusticeforJayarajAndFenix
It could’ve been anyone we know. Details are scary and gut wrenching.
— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) June 26, 2020
While the Black Lives Matter movement continues, firebrand author Meena Kandasamy shared her thoughts on the politics of race, art, and poetry:
Anywhere in the world, poetry is the most disruptive genre. It's where the oppressed, the marginalised, the political are clamouring to be heard. Not including nonwhite poets is more than a racial choice, it's also a political choice. https://t.co/qORwH0qpY7
— meena kandasamy || இளவேனில் மீனா கந்தசாமி (@meenakandasamy) June 25, 2020
A few days ago, after skincare product Fair & Lovely announced its decision to drop ‘fair’ from its name, in respond to criticism that it promotes colourism, Twitter exploded with comments supporting and criticising the move. Actor and filmmaker Nandita Das, who has been promoting the ‘Dark is Beautiful’ campaign for inclusivity, shared her view:
Having been on this journey for long, I know how difficult and slow change is. But the needle is moving and so on our part, we have to ensure it moves fast and in the right direction. https://t.co/Z7l9Df4osH
— Nandita Das (@nanditadas) June 26, 2020
Meanwhile, Hollywood actress Jameela Jamil also shared an insightful message on body positivity:
Which are your favourite tweets from this week? Tell us in the comments below.