Harpreet A De Singh Appointed CEO of Alliance Air; Becomes First Woman to Head an Indian Air Carrier
Firstpost, India, 10/31/2020
Harpreet A De Singh, the first woman pilot of Air India, has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Alliance Air, a subsidiary of the national carrier. She has become the first woman ever to head an Indian carrier. Harpreet was appointed as the first woman commercial pilot of Indian Airlines in 1988. She, however, had to give up her flying job due to health issues. A report by Scroll said that as per data released in 2018 by International Society of Women Airlines Pilots, India has the maximum percentage of women airline pilots in the world. The data also highlighted that the percentage of women pilots in India is more than double the global average.
India Urges UNSC to List Terror Entities Involved in Violence Against Women
The Print, United Nations, 10/30/2020
India has underscored the need for the UN Security Council to effectively integrate women, peace and security considerations into the sanctions regimes, including by listing terrorist entities involved in violence against women in armed conflicts. In 2007, India provided the United Nations Mission in Liberia with its first all-female Formed Police Unit (FPU), which rendered critical policing support in deterring sexual and gender-based violence and helped rebuild safety and confidence among the population. India said that through the Action for Peacekeeping initiative, the Member States are committed to implement the Women, Peace and Security agenda by increasing the number of civilian and uniformed women in peacekeeping.
Pandemic has Worsened Gender Inequality in India, Says Oxfam
Mint, India, 10/29/2020
According to a report by Oxfam, the COVID pandemic could have worsened inequality between men and women in terms of income. The report said that the inequalities that persisted before the pandemic were not good. It estimated that women and girls put in 3.26 billion hours of unpaid work every day. Diya Dutta, one of the authors of ”Oxfam’s 2020 India Inequality Report — On Women’s Backs” said that the burden of care work is so immense that it impacts women’s participation in the workforce, circumscribes their pursuit in education and discourages them from taking care of their health. She added that Indian women’s contribution to the GDP is one of the lowest in the world.
Survey: Most Young Women Facing Violence Never Called the National Helpline
Dhaka Tribune, Bangladesh, 10/28/2020
According to a recent study conducted by ActionAid Bangladesh, more than 85% Bangladeshi young women facing gender-based violence have never used the national helpline for violence against women, children or any other help. The remaining 14.7% women who had used the helpline at some point in their life were not satisfied with the service. The respondents of the survey indicated various challenges they face such as unsafe environment for women in Bangladesh, services provided for their protection not being effective enough, and harassment and abuse in public spaces. Joya Islam, a female youth representative, said that she notices women getting harassed in public transport but no men raise their voices against violence.
‘Pride Station’: North India’s First Metro Station Dedicated to Transgender People in Noida
The Hindustan Times - New Delhi, India, 10/27/2020
In a first for metro services in north India, the Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) on October 27, 2020 officially renamed the Sector 50 station as “Pride Station”, dedicating it to the transgender community. Ritu Maheshwari, managing director of NMRC, unveiled the new name of the station in the presence of six members of the transgender community, who had been recruited by NMRC through contractors for services at the Metro station. The artwork and look of the Pride Station have also been changed to signify the essence and spirit of the transgender community. The Pride Station will also provide employment opportunities for the transgender community. In 2017, the Kochi Metro Rail Limited in Kerala had taken a similar step by employing transgender people.