As International Women’s Day approaches with its theme Generation Equality, women have taken to social media to raise their voices and continue fighting towards an equal future for all. Every week MAKERS India rounds up the reflections and deliberations of women online. Scroll through and see what they’ve had to say this week.
Climate Activist Licypriya Kangujam bravely turned down the She Inspires Us honour.
Dear @narendramodi Ji,— Licypriya Kangujam (@LicypriyaK) March 6, 2020
Please don’t celebrate me if you are not going to listen my voice.
Thank you for selecting me amongst the inspiring women of the country under your initiative #SheInspiresUs. After thinking many times, I decided to turns down this honour. 🙏🏻
Jai Hind! pic.twitter.com/pjgi0TUdWa
The International Press Institute honoured Nidhi Razdan and Nazir Masoodi for the Kathua Reports.
Thank you to everyone for the kind wishes. I dedicate this award to my media colleagues in Kashmir who have worked to bring you the story despite the longest internet shutdown in a democracy and a long communication blackout last year. More power to you all https://t.co/OR8hR2T28C— Nidhi Razdan (@Nidhi) March 6, 2020
Writer Rachel Syme wrote about how the film Portrait of a Lady on Fire is more than just a film commenting on the female gaze.
I wrote about my favorite film in a really long time that filled me with hope about what films can be https://t.co/TIxpf6Pv1T— rachel syme (@rachsyme) March 4, 2020
The Female Lead rolled out ‘We Rise by Lifting Others’ initiative in the efforts to encourage women to support each other.
For #IWD2020 we are lifting up the women who came before, who stand beside us and who will come after us. We invite you to tell us who you celebrate. Keep this going by nominating a woman who inspires you because #WeRiseByLiftingOthers https://t.co/1V5o0C4h8H 👭👭 pic.twitter.com/aAQIAnreK0— The Female Lead (@the_female_lead) March 6, 2020
Athletes like Rani Rampal and PV Sindhu won the Times of India Sports Awards, and were congratulated by women like NCW Chairperson, Rekha Sharma.
Climate Activist, Greta Thunberg, led a demonstration in Brussels.
@GretaThunberg and a few friends turned up to demonstrate in Brussels today. Shite weather kept the masses away. But a very feisty demo, these guys are #hope personified. What do we want?! #climatejustice pic.twitter.com/zF8yBKN1La— laura sullivan (@laura_sullivan) March 6, 2020
11-year old Syrian table tennis player, Hend Zaza, will be the youngest athlete to be competing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
An 11-year-old Syrian table tennis player has qualified for Tokyo 2020 and is set to become one of the youngest Olympians of all time. Prodigy Hend Zaza who was born in 2009, will become the youngest athlete to compete at this year's competition. https://t.co/OhEcPFMDdS— CNN (@CNN) March 7, 2020
The official Twitter handle of the Noble Prize shared a quick video on the trailblazing women who made groundbreaking discoveries.
Trailblazing minds: groundbreaking discoveries from women who changed the world— The Nobel Prize (@NobelPrize) March 7, 2020
The day before International Women's Day, we celebrate extraordinary trailblazers who dared to discover.
Do you know a trailblazer?#IWD2020 pic.twitter.com/5FZJHbqZ4b
UN Women shared some ways in which we can fight towards building an equal world.
🥳 The week is over, here are some ways you can be #GenerationEquality this weekend:— UN Women (@UN_Women) March 7, 2020
💙Call out sexist behaviour
💙Encourage male allies
💙Share women's stories
💙Speak up for equality on #InternationalWomensDay (This Sunday!) #IWD2020 pic.twitter.com/80Bn2V0o1M
Al Jazeera posted about how Malaysia has the highest ratio of women on boards and in management positions in Asia.
Malaysia has the highest ratio of women on boards - 26.4% - of any Asian country.— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) March 7, 2020
Malaysia also has the highest percentage of women - 33% - in senior management teams compared with a global average of 29%.
So what has Malaysia done right? https://t.co/8hPjNrSW7e
Actor Sonam Kapoor spoke up about her all-women team and the need to cut down the patriarchy.