• Coronavirus: Impressed with Welfare Work, Muslim Woman Donates
Savings for Hajj To 'Sewa Bharati', RSS-Affiliate
• Low-Paid Women in UK At ‘High Risk Of Coronavirus Exposure’
• Carolina Women in Business Strives to Achieve Gender Equality In
The Professional World
• Coronavirus Outbreak: Three Women Create Panic After
Deliberately Coughing on Streets in UK
• How The Women Of Orange County Stepped Up To Respond To WWI And
The Spanish Flu
• How These Female Entrepreneurs Are Using Technology to Thrive
• Taiwan: The Liberal Democracy Where Adultery Remains A Crime
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Impressed with Welfare Work, Muslim Woman Donates Savings for Hajj To 'Sewa
Muslim woman from Jammu and Kashmir has donated her savings of Rs 5 lakh, meant
for the Hajj pilgrimage, to the RSS-affiliated 'Sewa Bharati' after apparently
being "impressed with the welfare work" done by the outfit amid the
lockdown due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Begum, 87, who saved Rs 5 lakh for Hajj, was forced to defer her plans for the
pilgrimage to due to ongoing lockdown. Hajj is the annual Islamic pilgrimage to
Mecca in Saudi Arabia, the holiest city of Muslims.
Begum ji was impressed with the welfare work done by the Sewa Bharati in Jammu
and Kashmir during the tough time the country is passing through due to sudden
outbreak of Covid-19 and decided to donate Rs 5 lakh to the organisation,"
Arun Anand, head of RSS media wing Indraprastha Vishwa Samvad Kendra (IVSK),
woman wants that this money should be used by the community service
organisation Sewa Bharati for the poor and the needy in Jammu and Kashmir. She
had saved this amount for performing Hajj, plans for which she deferred due to
the present situation," Arun Anand said.
Begum ji was among the first few women in Jammu and Kashmir who got educated in
English medium a convent. She is the daughter-in-law of Colonel Peer Mohd Khan,
who was president of the Jana Sangh," he said.
Anand said despite her age, she had been very active in welfare works for the
women and the downtrodden in Jammu and Kashmir. Her son, Farooq Khan, a retired
IPS officer, is presently serving as an adviser to the Jammu and Kashmir
since the lockdown was announced, Sewa Bharati volunteers across the country
have been providing food and other essential items to the needy. The
Sangh-affiliate's volunteers were seen on Saturday managing crowd and providing
food to them at the Anand Vihar bus terminal in Delhi.
women in UK at ‘high risk of coronavirus exposure’
women are at high risk of exposure to coronavirus as they are more likely to be
in jobs such as social care, nursing and pharmacy, a study has found.
of 3.2 million workers employed in the highest-risk roles, about 2.5 million
are women, according to Autonomy, an economics thinktank. As many as a million
of those workers – who are considered to be at highest risk because they
normally work closely with the public and people with diseases and infections –
are also among the lowest paid, according to the study.
study comes as thousands of retired nurses are being urged by the government to
return from retirement to help in the NHS fight against Covid-19, and care
homes call for recruits to come forward to fill vacancies left by workers who
are self-isolating or sick. Eighty-nine percent of nurses and 84% of care
workers are women.
pandemic has exposed deep inequalities at the heart of our economy,” said Will
Stronge, the director of Autonomy. “Frontline key workers are part of the
foundations that make our society tick: we rely on them to go to work, to keep
basic services running and to care for us.
study has shown not only that many of these occupations are at a high risk of
exposure to the Covid-19 virus, but that are often paid at poverty wages and
are carried out overwhelmingly by women. It is about time we pay these workers
properly for the valuable work they do.”
plotted 273 different UK-based occupations according to numbers employed in
each, the level of physical proximity that each job requires and the exposure
to diseases or infections that each job entails.
impact of the disproportionate exposure of women may be offset by emerging
evidence internationally suggesting women are less likely to test positive for
the disease and less likely to die than men. In Italy, men have accounted for
71% of deaths and in Spain, data released last Thursday suggested twice as many
men as women have died.
Mary-Ann Stephenson, the director of the Women’s Budget Group, which analyses
the impacts of policies on women, said: “We’d known that workers on the
frontline at most risk of Covid-19 were often badly paid and mainly women, but
these figures are still a shock.
can’t be right that many of those at the sharp end, providing services under
pressure and at high risk of getting sick themselves, are earning so little.
Many will not even qualify for sick pay. This should be a wake-up call – we
don’t just need action now, we need change in the future to properly value this
McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, said: “With 3 million people working in jobs
where there is significant social contact and hundreds of thousands of those
below the poverty line, the government must provide people with the economic
security to stay at home if needed.
fact that so many people working in jobs with significant social contact are
key workers shows that the government must do everything it can to support,
value, and protect these workers, including urgently getting personal
protective equipment to them.”
Women in Business strives to achieve gender equality in the professional world
7 percent of top Fortune 500 companies are led by a female chief executive
officer, and 29 percent of Kenan-Flagler’s Business School Class of 2021 are
is a student-run organization in the Kenan-Flagler Business School that seeks
to not only provide female students with career development and support
resources, but also to involve male students. The Masters in Business
Administration CWIB program also partners with undergraduate students to mentor
and connect with female business students.
President Harmonie Jacobson, a second-year MBA student, said the
disproportionate representation of females in the business school is a
Atlas, the vice president of prospective student initiatives at CWIB and an MBA
student, said one strategy that distinguishes CWIB as a recruitment tool is its
said MBA students have told her the reason they decided to attend Kenan-Flagler
was because CWIB was so hands-on and welcoming.
hosts an annual Women in Business conference for business professionals and
students. The group also plans various networking programs, including Coffee
with CWIB, where visiting applicants can meet with a female MBA student to
learn more about the program.
said just having access to like-minded female MBA students as a welcoming
community and network of support was helpful for her.
MBA is pretty rigorous, and we’re all here obviously to make potential pivots or
changes for bettering our careers, but it’s very stressful,” Jacobson said.
“Beyond just academics, there’s a lot going on with recruiting, and landing our
dream job and also networking, and so Carolina Women in Business has been a
great community and support system.”
agreed and said that she was drawn to CWIB because of its welcoming atmosphere.
She said she knew she needed the support, given the smaller proportion of women
Fitzpatrick, a second-year MBA student and CWIB’s executive vice president of
operations and finance, worked in the restaurant industry before coming to
Kenan-Flagler to pursue her MBA.
said that while she was used to working in a male-dominated environment before
joining CWIB, she values how it has allowed her to expand on her appreciation
for diversity in the business world and her ability to communicate it.
Fitzpatrick said this year, CWIB has worked more to include males in the
conversation. She said the next step is expanding CWIB’s programming from this
CWIB events are actually restricted to females only, and male members meet
about once a month to discuss articles, pertinent issues and how they can
better support their female peers and future colleagues.
so important because as females going into middle management or upper
leadership roles as we come out of school, a lot of us are likely going to be
reporting to males and also working in a lot of male-dominated fields,"
Jacobson said. "So some of the men that we’ll be working with are some of
our biggest supporters."
said that to achieve progress, male allies need to be present during tough
conversations about gender inequality in business.
said that for now, women can’t let a lack of women in business roles prevent
them from becoming involved in the field.
you want to see more women in business, don’t let the fact that there aren’t
many currently stop you,” she said.
Outbreak: Three Women Create Panic After Deliberately Coughing On Streets in UK
world has turned upside down after the recent coronavirus pandemic has taken
the world by storm. Following strict lockdown and travel restrictions, people
have resorted to staying inside their homes, in an attempt to fight COVID-19.
Strict precautionary measures are being continuously carried out by people,
including maintaining hygiene and social distance. While the world continues to
be home quarantined and isolation, three women, on the other hand, completely
ignored the precautionary measures by freely roaming outside, and on top of
that, coughing loudly when anybody crossed their path.
unexpected act of the three ladies came after a lockdown was imposed on the
entire country of the UK in order to fight against COVID-19. However, a few
citizens from Govanhill were unable to comply with the rules that were imposed
on them. The three ladies went around the streets of Govanhill, coughing at
every person who passed them on the streets. Cough, being the main symptom of
coronavirus, was being showcased, openly and deliberately, creating a situation
of panic and worry for people around them.
the women of Orange County stepped up to respond to WWI and the Spanish Flu
War I called on the women of America to serve their country as best they could.
But expected to be housewives and caretakers to their families, American women
had lives that were far from independent.
to the war, women weren’t allowed to vote except in certain states. Women moved
through public space subject to very strict notions as to where women should
and shouldn’t be,” he said. “They were virtually excluded from far more
occupations than they were allowed to participate in.”
WWI, some of women’s organizational capacity was harnessed to the war effort,”
Brundage said. “There were increases in employment for women. There were tens
of thousands of women who went and worked in Europe and France as nurses.”
Orange County is a tiny dot on a map of the world, its women worked hard and
their efforts in WWI did not go unnoticed. Annie Sutton Cameron, who was born
in 1896, wrote "A Record of the War Activities in Orange County, North
Carolina" as a Hillsborough resident during the war.
early February 1917, before the United States' entrance into WWI, K. J. Brown,
a graduate nurse, formed a class in First Aid and Surgical Dressings. The class
met bi-weekly for two hours for the entire spring, until the U.S. joined the
war in April. Brown’s class developed into much more and eventually formed a
Red Cross Chapter in June with 71 members.
chapter shipped 44 cases of Red Cross supplies, including almost 19,000 gauze
dressings and 9 cases of Belgian relief clothing. Its membership grew to 687 by
also formed various war circles, in which they made hospital gowns, garments
for refugees, bed pads and various medical supplies. These circles were the
accessible alternative to Red Cross Chapters for rural women of Orange County
who lived in more isolated areas.
County was home to at least three women who saw active service with the Red
Cross during the war, Cameron said in her book. Marion Williamson, Laura
Hutchins and Jean Blue were stationed across the country to give aid to
returning soldiers battling pneumonia, influenza or battle wounds.
Hill needed aid at home, too. Sarah Carrier, a research and instructional
librarian, explained the severity of the Spanish Flu outbreak in Orange County
during her presentation at Wilson Library in January.
influenza pandemic of 1918 was “the most severe pandemic in recent history,”
according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. An estimated one-third of
the world’s population became infected with the virus, about 675,000 in the
United States alone.
after the University opened its doors for the 1918-1919 school year, many cases
of influenza started appearing. In October 1918, the Orange County Board of
Health ordered the closing of all churches, schools and theaters, according to
Woman’s Association at UNC mobilized to make gauze masks for the hospital. They
gathered several times a week during the influenza epidemic, altogether
producing 120 masks. The Red Cross members also offered their services, either
as volunteer nurses or to help with supplies. The County Board of Health
organized many of these efforts, but Red Cross members did most of the work.
across the country worked in factories making all kinds of war supplies, no
matter how dangerous or tedious to produce. At this time, Black women also
began to transition into the workforce for the first time. These women of color
were called on to work in offices and factories rather than in the domestic
situations they traditionally worked in.
women were devoting themselves to defending the nation and supporting
democracy, they leveraged that in other important ways,” he said. “Most
importantly, demanding the right to vote.”
These Female Entrepreneurs Are Using Technology To Thrive Amidst COVID-19
March, the United States celebrates Women’s History Month—a time for national
recognition of all the accomplishments women have made throughout the country’s
history. In 2020, the month-long celebration of women’s achievements has been
out shadowed by the global pandemic that is COVID-19. Some reports indicate
that women will be the most negatively impacted by the virus in comparison to
their male counterparts: a number of industries that are most affected by the
virus (healthcare, teachers, flight attendants) are dominated by women.
COVID-19 has also impacted entrepreneurs in unimaginable ways. For female
entrepreneurs, trying to stay afloat amidst this catastrophe may seem
impossible. Women starting businesses already experience barriers to entry and
a lack of funding compared to men, research indicates. Despite these
challenges, many female entrepreneurs have developed creative online strategies
to propel their businesses forward during these times of uncertainty. Three
women entrepreneurs sat down to discuss how their business is thriving despite
the COVID-19 crisis.
Rojas, founder of AR30: Even though the AR30 Challenge [is] a fitness virtual
program with our interactive chat, one-on-one support system, and exercise app,
after COVID-19 hit, it has impacted us in many ways. The gyms closed down, the
ladies are out of work and some are financially stressed. Most of them are
dealing with children being at home and on top of that, fighting off the urge
to not eat all the snacks at home in a day. All of this naturally results [in]
most of them [not having] much motivation to even workout at home or…eat well.
of having everyone go to the gym we brought the gym to them, virtually via
Zoom! And twice a day…holding 12:30pm and 8pm sessions, five times a week. I
also made sure to regroup the girls by making an IGTV video, reminding them of
why this is the time to actually focus on their health goals, and that we need
have a strong and healthy immune system, now more than ever.
have you utilized social media since COVID-19 to connect with your customers
and audience? Initially I was offering the virtual workouts just for the AR30
participants. But then I decided to open it to the public. This has allowed
[me] to not only unite and support my audience, but also, I want the AR30 to
stand for positivity. In today’s world, we wake up to negativity, fear, sadness
and dark days, so I am hoping to be a positive light, in which we provide a
safe space…to help them focus on being optimistic—women’s empowerment and also
enjoying a great workout. A lot of the ladies tell me it’s their ‘highlight of
the day’. To see them smiling and clapping after each virtual session is
priceless. I also started holding Q&As virtually about health and fitness
to educate and connect with my followers. I really believe that during these
difficult times, it really allows people to unite for a greater cause. Now more
than ever, I feel so connected to all of them, and I cherish this so much...and
this is truly why the AR30 is #MoreThanAFitnessChallenge.
Laryea, founder of Kelewele: My business, Kelewele, is a cultural lifestyle
brand dedicated to making plantains, reimagined. As part of the hospitality
industry, some areas of our business, namely our restaurant partnerships, has
come to an indeterminate halt. We have had to revisit the strategic business
planning we made for this quarter and next and find creative ways to supplement
the lag in business. It hasn't all been bad news, however, as we've been able
to double down on our social media efforts and in return, raise our brand
recognition and educate people about our mission and service offerings in light
we offer pick-up and delivery services in New York City, we, like many other
food services, are ramping up our marketing efforts to make sure people know
that they can count on us as a safe, reliable food option during this time. We
are also working with restaurants that are still in business…in order to reach
as large an audience as possible on social media. Without question, our digital
platforms are more important than ever before during this time, as we provide
our customer base with real-time updates on our business.
have you utilized social media since COVID-19 to connect with your customers
and audience? While social media has always been an integral part of our
business model because of its ability to evoke feelings of togetherness despite
physical distance, now more than ever before, we are focused on utilizing
online platforms to create as much person-to-person engagement as possible
through videos and live sessions. One recent example of this is our
collaboration with BET International for their CultureVibes Home Sessions. My
business was able to teach users on BET International's highly trafficked
Instagram platforms how to make our chocolate plantain cupcakes in a 20-minute
live session. This partnership, made possible through social media, was a
unique way to connect with a large audience, raise awareness of the brand, and
most importantly, share some much-needed happiness and joy in such a
Wood, consultant, speaker, and creator of Creative Business School: I've
noticed brands and clients reaching out about ways they can quickly innovate
and still provide value with the current climate. What I've been suggesting is
quality virtual programming (i.e. virtual summits, online events, etc.) I
understand the circumstances are unfortunate but it's truly an optimal time for
brands to build a deeper emotional connection with their audience by proving to
be a valuable source of inspiration and education during this vulnerable time.
If customers can trust you now, they'll trust you forever.
changed my messaging to be more sensitive. People are responding strongly to
the posts that are aggressively encouraging productivity. I think it's
important to give people the space they need to process what's happening. This
is bigger than the virus causing a biological liability. There are political
and economic shifts that people have to adjust to and embrace, which will be
difficult for many.
honestly born to use social media for times like this…within seven days of the
lockdown, I was able to book an eight-stop "virtual tour" with some
of the biggest influencers and multi-cultural platforms online. I'm a
consultant and I'm a speaker, so I can still provide my value and speak to
large audiences even if it's through the screen. It's been nice. Platforms that
would've otherwise not have thought to provide curated virtual programming
started to think about what else they can host [and] how to expand their
schedule with online events after I reached out about speaking for them.
The liberal democracy where adultery remains a crime
Taiwan - Wendy had just moved in with her new partner when the couple found
themselves unexpectedly charged with a crime: criminal adultery.
old childhood friends had started seeing each other after Wendy, a dual
Taiwanese-American citizen in her 40s, returned to the island.
in Taiwan, where divorce typically requires mutual consent, his decision to
move in with Wendy meant their actions could be considered a crime.
were really freaking out because we had no idea,” Wendy said of the period
after being served lawsuits for attempting to pòhuài jiātíng, or "break
who asked to be identified by another name due to Taiwan’s defamation laws,
soon found that even after going through a divorce in the United States,
dissolving a marriage in Taiwan was far more complicated.
couples like Wendy and her partner risk as many as 22 months in prison under
Taiwanese law, according to Hsiao-Wei Kuan, a professor at National Taipei
University’s Department of Law.
practice, most of those found guilty are “sentenced” to three to four months in
prison for which they can pay a fine, averaging around 90,000 New Taiwan
dollars ($3,000), but that figure does not include the thousands more in legal
fees many individuals are forced to pay to defend themselves.
its increasingly progressive reputation after legalising same-sex marriage,
Taiwan is one of the only non-Muslim places in the world to still criminalise
adultery. It is also the last place in East Asia following South Korea’s decriminalisation
2015, South Korea's Constitutional Court abolished a 62-year-old law that made
adultery a crime. Taiwan is now the only country in the region with such
legislation [Lee Jin-man/AP Photo]
as the law is seen to unfairly target women, it has largely remained on the
books because of its overwhelming popularity. It was supported by 80 percent of
the Taiwanese public, according to the last available survey in 2013 by the
Ministry of Justice.
however, may be changing as Taiwan’s constitutional court prepares to hear oral
arguments on the criminal adultery law on March 31.
like Kuan say while many women support the adultery law - they are also the
ones who are more likely to face prosecution. Women make up slightly more than
half of those prosecuted in adultery cases.
that might not sound excessive, that compares with other crimes in Taiwan where
women account for only about 5 to 15 per cent of defendants.
many cases, it is common for a married woman to initiate a suit against their
estranged husband and his new partner only to later “forgive” the man and
withdraw the suit while continuing to prosecute the “other woman”. Married men,
by contrast, are more likely to pursue charges against both equally.
law can be used for a variety of reasons, a key one being that unlike countries
such as the US, Taiwanese cannot obtain a “no-fault divorce”. Spouses must
either mutually consent or prove a reason for the divorce, such as adultery or
many cases, however, the adultery law has become a way to secure more
attractive divorce settlements, with cases withdrawn after couples agree to
settle out of court.
would you use this criminal procedure to get money? I think that’s the failure
of the civil court: you can’t get as much money for their alimony or other
compensation,” she said.
threat of prosecution is also used by spouses to encourage an errant partner to
return home - either through a direct threat of prosecution or by making their
lives more difficult.
a European living in Taiwan who also asked that her real name not be disclosed,
found herself threatened with expulsion from her graduate programme several
years ago when the wife of her then-Taiwanese boyfriend contacted
administrators in a bid to break the couple up.
her partner had separated from his wife before he met Anna - something she
later learned his ex-partner was still unhappy about - she said she did not
fully understand the consequences until she was summoned to a university office
several months later.
said this [relationship] is illegal in Taiwan and you can get into prison or
get arrested and also if we find out that this is true you might have to be
expelled from the university. To save my own a**, I said it was all a lie,”
Anna said, believing at the time - in her mid-20s - that she was too young to
fully understand the consequences.
was so in love with him and we had a good relationship,” she said. The
relationship ended several months later due to other strains but not before she
was harassed on Facebook and forced to defend herself for a second time to her
review of anti-adultery law progresses in the constitutional court, Bob Kao, a
Taiwanese-American lawyer who writes about legal issues in Taiwan, said the legislation
could finally be overturned.
the past, the constitutional court has been the government’s favoured avenue to
push through controversial issues that have not received widespread support
from the public.
2017, the court interpreted Taiwan’s definition of marriage as
unconstitutional, paving the way for the legalisation of same-sex marriage last
year even after it was rejected in a nationwide referendum amid opposition from
conservative Christian groups.
like the same-sex marriage issue where the government and the Legislative Yuan
didn’t want to do something about it because of its popularity, so they punted
the responsibility to the constitutional court,” he said.
criminal adultery law was last ruled as constitutional in 2002, but the
legalisation of same-sex marriage may present a new and significant challenge.
historical reasons, the law refers to a couple as being composed of one man and
one woman - the same issue as its former marriage law - raising questions of
equal protection before the law, according to the Taiwan Alliance to Promote
Civil Partnership Rights.
TACPR, however, said they will submit an amicus brief to have the law struck
down entirely rather than extended to include all couples.
now the government excessively interferes with private relationships,"
said Hannah Liu and Allison Hsieh, a paralegal and legal manager respectively,
interviewed together at the TACPR offices in Taipei.
can enter into marriage and who can divorce should not be interfered with by
the government and should be the decision of individuals.”
adultery law also faces challenges from privacy laws which have reduced the
amount and kind of evidence - often collected by Taiwan’s vast industry of
private investigators advertising “marriage health checks” and “adultery
checks” - that can be presented at court.
review by the Ministry of Justice of adultery cases between 2009 and 2019 found
that two-thirds ended without prosecution, the most common reasons being
“insufficient evidence” in nearly half of all cases followed closely by
Wendy’s case, dozens of photos were taken by a private investigator showing her
and her partner entering and leaving their home or walking outdoors, whereas in
the past, photos of “adulterous couples” would have caught them in more
case was ultimately thrown out this year due to insufficient evidence, but not
before her partner’s ex-wife reportedly spent $100,000 to secure evidence
against the couple.
says her legal problems are not over yet because she has been threatened with
an independent prosecution while her partner's and his future ex-wife's divorce
initially I was very, very worried," Wendy said. "Am I going to go to
jail for this? This is crazy. But then as I started to learn more and more
about it, in the end it’s just about money and it’s sad. She’s getting
compensated … but she spent 100,000 US dollars on bogus evidence. I think
somebody took advantage of her.”
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