This week had its fair share of ups and downs. We rejoiced as Harvey Weinstein got sentenced to 23 years in prison, we took to our platforms to share precautions and insights about the COVID-19 Pandemic, amongst other significant developments. 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.
Women and their allies took to social media to celebrate the prison sentence of Harvey Weinstein. People with power and privilege have been able to get away with a lot for much too long, so this was a huge victory for survivors of sexual assault.
Harvey Weinstein sentenced to 23 years in jail! Congratulations to the incredible women who took this monster on, in spite of how maliciously he retaliated. You have made a huge leap forward for all women with this victory. Also so much love to @RonanFarrow ❤️— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) March 11, 2020
Powerful scene: All six women who testified against #HarveyWeinstein sat at the front of the courtroom behind the prosecution's table. Beside them is the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance. Jr. Two of the women will deliver victim impact statements at the sentencing— Jan Ransom (@Jan_Ransom) March 11, 2020
MAKERS also shared a snippet of their interview with Tarana Burke, who spoke about how the #MeToo movement finally dismantled the toxic power structures which gave way for sexual violence to flourish.
“The more truth that you tell, the less power people have to lord over you because our truth is powerful in and of itself." - @TaranaBurke describes how #MeToo is dismantling the power structures that have allowed sexual violence to flourish. pic.twitter.com/tjlg8rr1d7— MAKERS (@MAKERSwomen) March 11, 2020
With WHO declaring the spread of COVID-19 a Pandemic, many took to social media to share their concerns.
#CoronaVirusUpdate:— Ministry of Health (@MoHFW_INDIA) March 14, 2020
"Home Quarantine" is to protect you & your loved ones.
Please follow the "Guidelines on Home Quarantine" available at https://t.co/430HZxtWSi
#CoronaOutbreak #SwasthaBharat #HealthForAll pic.twitter.com/9EoTBt79FP
Today is my last day of home quarantine and sad to say that in the last 14days not a single health official has bothered to monitor my health status, so where is the surveillance? When all other states are taking so many precautions why are we so negligent @TelanganaCMO @KTRTRS?— sunitha krishnan (@sunita_krishnan) March 14, 2020
Mari Copeny, the Founder of Dear Flint Kids, shared a little message on how we must all check our privilege.
Are you upset about standing in long lines, prices on essentials being raised for profit, and stores running out of the items you need to survive?— Mari Copeny (@LittleMissFlint) March 14, 2020
Flint residents have been dealing with this feeling for almost 6 years when it comes to water.#CoronaOutbreak #coronavirus pic.twitter.com/tACLPIS2X7
The @iwritefeminism handle also shared a few pointers to remember during this outbreak and how it doesn’t give us an excuse to resort to racist comments.
The release of the Women in Labour Podcast on March 8th showed great promise to finally start having real conversations surrounding the issue of women dropping out of the Indian workforce.
Episode 1 of @WILPodcast is out.— aditi mittal (@awryaditi) March 8, 2020
For it we spoke to the Godmother of the series @namitabhandare- whose 12 part series on @IndiaSpend was one of the triggers to this podcast. Listen and sign up on the mailing list for subsequent to episodes.https://t.co/mLidPiKSGH pic.twitter.com/jiKfKK5wIw
Women cheered on this new, and much needed, initiative.
Period leave is a red herring, my women. 20 million Indian women have dropped out of the workforce. And all our problems are intertwined. Btw, this is a promising podcast. Highly recommend. :D https://t.co/WMWHrCl7S2— Hamsini Hariharan (@HamsiniH) March 9, 2020
The @BrownGirlGang handle on Instagram posted fierce artwork for their South Asian Superwoman series, reminding us that superheroes go much beyond what’s depicted in the mainstream.
The Female Lead posted an insight on how ‘equal’ and ‘identical’ don’t mean the same thing.
And also added a quirky post on the double standards women face in the workplace.
The Female Collective posted a gentle, and relevant, reminder for us all to keep in mind today.