This week has been one like no other. The world came together to fight off a common enemy; Coronavirus or COVID-19. People started to self-quarantine and practice social distancing. But, despite the Pandemic, this week saw a major event like the hanging of Nirbhaya’s rapists, global movements like climate strikes being moved online, and the celebration of women in the face of these global and social adversities. 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.
Posts regarding COVID-19 flooded online platforms with information, opinions, questions, support, and solidarity in front of the Pandemic that has effected us all.
Samples tested till now.— Dhanya Rajendran (@dhanyarajendran) March 20, 2020
Kerala- 2921. 28 positive
Karnataka- 1143. 15 positive
Telangana- 498. 16 positive
Tamil Nadu- 320. 3 positive.
Andhra- 119. 3 positive
(A few have recovered, but this gives you an overall idea about testing)
No we don’t need clapping and ghanti bajao, we need more masks, hazmat suits, better quarantine facilities and more awareness, says this doctor working with #CoronavirusOutbreakindia https://t.co/XXzmuymw00— Sagarika Ghose (@sagarikaghose) March 20, 2020
Helping Hands Foundation is raising funds to provide protective masks and essentials to the children undergoing treatment and their families. pic.twitter.com/ecW5g5KCIb— Sonam K Ahuja (@sonamakapoor) March 20, 2020
Amanda Nguyen pointed out that xenophobia and racist remarks are not the way forward now or ever.
I am disheartened to see the xenophobia to Asian Americans during this time. Big shoutout to my asian sisters & brothers, esp healthcare professionals who are on the front lines protecting people despite the racism. I’ll be highlighting these heroes over the next few days #COVID— Amanda 🚀 (@nguyen_amanda) March 16, 2020
Smriti Irani tweeted in support of UP Police putting out a hotline to report domestic violence during this Pandemic.
Sunitha Krishnan sent out a reminder to trust reliable sources during this time.
Humbly requesting each one of you to go by just Government(state or central) Bulletin on corona crises and not go by the hundreds of messages forwarded on social media & WhatsApp! Lets be responsible.— sunitha krishnan (@sunita_krishnan) March 20, 2020
UN Women brought up the social impact of the virus impacting women all over the world.
A week since #COVID19 has been declared a pandemic and robust measures around the world are attempting to contain its spread, the social impact of the #coronavirus is hitting women hard.https://t.co/OoQ6kwiJx9— UN Women (@UN_Women) March 18, 2020
Nirbhaya’s rapists faced the death penalty in the early hours of Friday. While justice was delayed, it was finally served.
The lady who stood by Nirbhaya's mother, fought for seven long years with determination without charging a penny to see that justice is meted out. #Retweet to give a shout out to Seema Kushwaha, the 'warrior lawyer' who fought for India's daughter.#YourSpace #NirbhayaJustice pic.twitter.com/ukDCJIZI1d— India Today (@IndiaToday) March 20, 2020
Woke up to the incredible news that all #NirbhayaCase convicts are finally executed! We, the Indian women, salute the 7 years of a constant legal battle by 2 brave women; the mother and the lawyer!— Poorna (@shamna_kasim) March 20, 2020
This day belongs to the Daughters of the Country!#NirbhayaJustice pic.twitter.com/jiu4AkEzEp
Many, like Lawyer & Supreme Court Advocate Karuna Nundy, talked about behavioural change before violent sexual crimes are committed in the first place.
In the absence of certain conviction, swift punishment, there will be, even some otherwise reasonable people, seeking the death penalty. Otherwise the barbarism of the rapist remains unaddressed. We can't just settle for competitive barbarism in our society. https://t.co/QBEB87kR3G— Karuna Nundy (@karunanundy) March 20, 2020
It was revealed that Rahul Gandhi supported Nirbhaya’s family both emotionally and monetarily during this trying time.
Climate Activists like Greta Thunberg and Isabelle Axelsson moved their climate strikes online.
#ClimateStrikeOnline— Isabelle Axelsson🌍 (@isabelle_ax) March 20, 2020
Even though we can’t go outside, because we risk spreading the novel Coronavirus, we still stand up for our future and ask politicians to act together with activists around the world.
Also, we want all of the #PollutersOut of governments and #COP26 pic.twitter.com/cQfkRktDUc
The Female Lead continued to champion for clarity for words like Feminism.
"Why do feminists hate men?" pic.twitter.com/tt5Ennur7e— The Female Lead (@the_female_lead) March 18, 2020
Priya Shakti spoke up for the visibility of women and their voices through its comic.
The @Feminist handle posted something important for us all to remember about healthcare workers.
And most importantly, this week social media reminded us of the important practice of social distancing for the upcoming weeks as we fight COVID-19.