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SHE STEMS to prepare Omani women for nation’s manufacturing 

Emphasizing hands-on skills development and on-the-job training, SHE STEMS aims to prepare more Omani women for the nation’s manufacturing and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) sectors…reports Asian Lite News

Believing in the importance of joint work between the public and private sectors, as well as emphasizing the principle of integration between the service units of the state’s administrative apparatus, and in order to achieve the objectives of Oman’s Vision 2040, the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation (MoHERI) on Tuesday 9 August 2022 signed the SHE STEMS social development program agreement with Oman Cables Industry (OCI) and the Ministry of Labour (MoL).

The program was signed on behalf of MoHERI by Her Excellency Dr. Rahma Ibrahim Al-Mahrooqi – Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation; for the MoL by the Ministry’s Undersecretary for Human Resources Development Salim bin Musallam al Busaidi; and for OCI by the company’s CEO Cinzia Farisè.

Emphasizing hands-on skills development and on-the-job training, SHE STEMS aims to prepare more Omani women for the nation’s manufacturing and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) sectors.

Registration in the program starts in September 2020 with a first cohort of 20 Omani women who will attend an extensive 6-month practical “Operating Maintenance” course certified by MoHERI. The training will be supervised by a number of highly proficient, qualified instructors. Upon completion, each participant will receive a SHE STEMS certificate recognized by MoHERI.

The eligibility criteria for participants are: Omani nationals aged between 18 to 28 years who are registered as job seekers with the Ministry of Labour, and who have a General Education Diploma as a minimum academic qualification. (It should be noted that this training will not be applicable if the candidate has attended other training supported by the Oman government). For enrollment, interested parties apply through before August 25th, 2022.

Speaking about the SHE STEMS program, Her Excellency Dr. Rahma Ibrahim Al-Mahrooqi stressed the importance of engaging all vital sectors in the effort to achieve the goals of the nation’s comprehensive development plans, and to implement Oman’s ambitious Vision 2040 with regard to building promising national employees in all fields. Her Excellency Al-Mahrooqi explained that she valued OCI’s initiative in collaboration with the MoHERI and MoL, which would serve to develop the skills of Omani women, and open new horizons for them in the labour market.

Her Excellency Al-Mahrooqi also indicated the Ministry’s keenness to cooperate with many sectors to ensure the quality of programs directed at female graduates and job seekers is maintained. This would ensure that participants receive high quality practical skills and work ethics, which would qualify and empower them to compete in local and international labour markets.

Underlining its support for SHE STEMS, the Ministry of Labour affirmed its full readiness to cooperate in this qualitative program and to provide the necessary support and incentives to contribute to the upgrading of human resources in the Sultanate of Oman.

According to Cinzia Farisè, CEO of Oman Cables Industry, the SHE STEMS program is considered an important milestone in OCI’s social ambition to support the local community. “We are very pleased and honored to launch this program in collaboration with the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, and the Ministry of Labour. SHE STEMS forms part of a global initiative that has been molded, initiated, and launched within the Sultanate of Oman. This is an exciting program that aligns closely with OCI’s stated values of Innovation, Empowerment, and Excellence. We are confident that it will attract and empower more Omani unemployed women to achieve excellence in their individual career fields within Oman,” Cinzia Farisè explained.

The CEO added: “As part of the Prysmian Group, OCI is launching SHE STEMS as a joint amalgamation with Prysmian’s sustainability development strategy and goals, and within the framework of the Prysmian Social Ambition 2030 objectives of Diversity; Equality and Inclusion; Digital Inclusion; Community Empowerment; and Employee Engagement & Upskilling.”

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Nike to empower women during phases of pregnancy and beyond

Motherhood’s chronology frequently continues past nine months. In reality, managing motherhood from before conception through pregnancy and postpartum can take up to 10 years for many women who have more than one kid…reports Asian Lite News

Mothers are the best endurance athletes, among many other things. Nike (M), which was first introduced in 2020, has now been expanded to empower women worldwide throughout all phases of pregnancy and beyond.

Nike (M), exemplifies the brand’s inclusive design ethos, was developed by analysing data from more than 150,000 comparative scans of pregnant and non-pregnant women. Nearly 30 female athletes who were pregnant or postpartum provided extensive feedback on fit, feel, and functionality to designers throughout the design process.

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“Being a mother isn’t a one size fits all role, and we applied that mindset with our inclusive design approach while creating the Nike (M) collection,” says Carmen Zolman, Nike VP of Innovation Apparel Design. “The more we listened to expecting mothers and postpartum mothers, the more we learned and reworked the capsule to fully support her relationship with sport and movement during such a transformative time in her life.”

Undoubtedly, one of the most significant life-altering bodily experiences is giving birth. Every mom’s journey and recovery is unique, whether she is a biological mom, surrogate mom, adoptive mom, adoptive stepmom, or another type of mom. Motherhood’s chronology frequently continues past nine months. In reality, managing motherhood from before conception through pregnancy and postpartum can take up to 10 years for many women who have more than one kid.

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It can be challenging for expectant and new mothers to find the support they require to find sport and continue to move around after giving birth, as motherhood also marks a new chapter in a woman’s relationship with her body and with sport. The brand was created and tested for moms, by mothers, so that she may move anyway she pleased during the duration of her pregnancy.

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‘Empowerment means being able to make your own choices’

The campaign is me, in my natural habitat which something that I really like about the brand, they wanted it to be as authentic to the person I am…Navya speaks with Tanya Banon

Navya Nanda will be an integral voice for L’Oréal Paris’s initiatives and a key spokesperson in the brand’s ‘I Know My Worth’ Campaign. The campaign is based on the internationally acclaimed ‘Lessons of Worth’ campaign and includes a series of reflective films encouraging women to silence their inner critic and recognise their worth. It features inspiring women leaders in their respective fields who share their incredible stories of self-worth as part of a series of inspirational testimonials, elucidating the brand’s historic affirmation “You’re Worth It.”

Navya Nanda, a young entrepreneur, businesswoman, and social activist, and granddaughter to the legendary Amitabh Bachchan, is an inspiring icon for today’s generation as a young woman entrepreneur working to change the landscape for women in India through her own initiatives such as Project Naveli. The brand believes that Navya embodies its core values and cause initiatives as an advocate for women’s empowerment, gender equality, and social justice for a more inclusive world. The distinguished group includes Navya Nanda, Aditi Rao Hydari, Mithali Raj, and Dr. Jaishree Sharad.

We caught up with Navya to talk about her new role as a role model to young women in the country.

How does it feel to be chosen as the face of the brand inspite of opting out of the film industry? 

It feels great, you know I feel that growing up you don’t see a lot of women in campaigns who are not celebrities or actresses, I think it’s really nice of L’Oréal to choose people who are industry outsiders. Along with me there is Mithali Raj, Captain of the Indian Women’s cricket team, and Dr. Jaishree Sharad who is a cosmetologist, so it gives young girls growing up different professions to aspire to and that a very positive thing. I am really grateful they picked me to be a part of this campaign.

Empowerment means a lot of things to s lot of people, what does it mean to you?

Empowerment to me means being able to make your own choices, without fear of society or what anybody else will think or say. Typically when we talk about women empowerment we say she is a strong woman, she is a CEO or she is running a business but women empowerment can also be making a choice to be a housewife or a homemaker and those are equally important roles that we play.  I think real empowerment comes in owning your choices and the decisions you make.

In context to the ‘I Know My Worth’  campaign, do you feel women in India are getting more confident about their own self worth and are not afraid to own it?

Yes, absolutely and I will give the credit to women themselves for realising that they don’t need to be bother about what anybody will say, and I think the younger women specially, those my age are a lot more stronger, a lot more rational, a lot more opinionated, which I think are all great things. I think they don’t really fear what society or anybody has to say them as they can make their choices and stand by them.

You have been involved in lot of projects which help women empowerment and networking, which is the project closest to your heart?

So through Project Naveli which is my NGO, I’ve worked many projects. Currently a project called ‘entrepreneury’ which is a community for women entrepreneurs in India and encourages more women who have interest in starting businesses by providing them with community, resources to help grow their businesses and some finances as well, is very close to my heart. It could be housewives who during the pandemic may have picked up a hobby and want to grow it into a  business, it’s really small scale entrepreneurs who I want to help because I am an entrepreneur myself, so I do understand how difficult it sometimes to get a business up and running. 

Your association with L’Oréal, tell us a little bit about the synergy you think you have with the brand?

I think L’Oréal is not just a beauty brand, it’s lot more than that, it is women empowering women for so many years. I think bringing me on board, because I am the part of the next generation, I think it was really nice that they pick someone young. Initially when we started talking, it was natural fir because the values they stand for, I have been working on women empowerment for so many years, and I think it was really excited to do something that was true to myself. The campaign is me, in my natural habitat which something that I really like about the brand, they wanted it to be as authentic to the person I am.

Your idea of an a a great night out and how do you like to style yourself ?

I am not a night outlined of  person, so you will find me probably in my pyjamas at home, either reading or watching TV with my nani (grandmother). But if I got out then my outfits are very simple and basic, you will probably find me in a white t-shirt and jeans.

Do you feel you imbibe any of your grandmother’s qualities in you, and would you like to share some of the values she has fostered in you. 

My nani (grandmother) is very confident, strong and an outspoken person in general, and I think she really stands by what she believes in, so those are all qualities I would hope I inherit from her, but the more time I spend with her the more she influences me in that way.

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Can’t deny unmarried woman right to safe abortion, says SC

The bench said letting an unmarried woman suffer an unwanted pregnancy will be contrary to the object and spirit of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act…reports Asian Lite News

The Supreme Court on Thursday said live-in relationships have been recognised by it and denying an unmarried woman the right to a safe abortion violates her personal autonomy and freedom.

Noting said statutes have recognised the reproductive choice of a woman and her bodily integrity and autonomy and both these rights embody the notion that a choice must inhere in a woman on whether or not to bear a child, it said while allowing the examination of a 24-week pregnant unmarried woman by an AIIMS medical board to determine whether the pregnancy can be safely terminated without endangering her life.

A bench, headed by Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and comprising Justices Surya Kant and A.S. Bopanna, said: “A woman’s right to reproductive choice is an inseparable part of her personal liberty under Article 21 of Constitution. She has a sacrosanct right to bodily integrity.

“Denying an unmarried woman the right to a safe abortion violates her personal autonomy and freedom. Live-in relationships have been recognised by this court.”

The bench said letting an unmarried woman suffer an unwanted pregnancy will be contrary to the object and spirit of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act.

The bench said that the Parliament, by amending the MTP Act through Act 8 of 2021, intended to include unmarried women and single women within the ambit of the Act. This is evident from the replacement of the word ‘husband’ with ‘partner’ in explanation I of Section 3(2) of the Act, it added.

“Moreover, allowing the petitioner to terminate her pregnancy, on a proper interpretation of the statute, prima facie, falls within the ambit of the statute and the petitioner should not be denied the benefit on the ground that she is an unmarried woman,” it said.

The bench said the distinction between a married and unmarried woman does not bear a nexus to the basic purpose and object which is sought to be achieved by Parliament which is conveyed specifically by the provisions of Explanation 1 to Section 3 of the Act.

As the petitioner had moved the Delhi High Court before she had completed 24 weeks of pregnancy, the bench said the delay in the judicial process cannot work to her prejudice.

The top court asked the AIIMS, Delhi, Director to constitute a medical board in terms of the provisions of Section 3(2D) of the Act.

“In the event that the medical board concludes that the foetus can be aborted without danger to the life of the petitioner, a team of doctors at the AIIMS shall carry out the abortion in terms of the request which has been made before the High Court,” it said.

Citing the MTP amendment 2021, the bench said the parliamentary intent is clearly not to confine the beneficial provisions of the MTP Act only to a situation involving a matrimonial relationship. “On the contrary, a reference to the expression ‘any woman or her partner’ would indicate that a broad meaning and intent has been intended to be ascribed by Parliament. The statute has recognized the reproductive choice of a woman and her bodily integrity and autonomy,” it added.

The bench observed that both these rights embody the notion that a choice must inhere in a woman on whether or not to bear a child. “In recognising the right, the legislature has not intended to make a distinction between a married and unmarried woman, in her ability to make a decision on whether or not to bear the child,” it said.

The bench said prima facie, quite apart from the issue of constitutionality which has been addressed before the high court, it appears that it has taken an unduly restrictive view of the provisions of clause (c) of Rule 3B. “Clause (c) speaks of a change of marital status during an ongoing pregnancy and is followed in parenthesis by the words ‘widowhood and divorce’. The expression ‘change of marital status’ should be given a purposive rather than a restrictive interpretation. The expressions ‘widowhood and divorce’ need not be construed to be exhaustive of the category which precedes it,” it said.

On July 16, the Delhi High Court, while refusing to entertain a plea seeking termination of a 23-week pregnancy, observed that the petitioner, a 25-year-old unmarried Manipuri woman, whose pregnancy arises out of a consensual relationship, is clearly not covered by any of the clauses under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Rules, 2003. The woman stated in her plea that she cannot give birth to the child as she is an unmarried woman and her partner has refused to marry her.

It further stated that giving birth out of wedlock will entail in her ostracisation and cause her mental agony. As she is solely a B.A. graduate who is non-working, she will not be able to raise and handle the child, the woman submitted in her petition, stating that she is not mentally prepared to be a mother and continuing with the pregnancy will lead to grave physical and mental injury for her.

The woman moved the top court, which entertained her plea, challenging this high court order.

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Amama Arrives in London

Amama, for its first international pop-up, is coming to Wimbledon, London on 10th of July 2022

Amama, a well-known Indian Jewellery brand, is redefining handcrafted statement jewellery by representing not just its buyers but also the skilled workers who carve and reinvent the brand’s aspirations with their hard work. Amama, as a brand, is famous for its aesthetic yet lightweight statement pieces. All the collections have a story behind them.

Amama, for its first international pop-up, is coming to Wimbledon, London on 10th of July 2022

“We aim to connect with our clients through the stories and the jewellery that comes out of them. ‘Never Limiting, Always Creating!’ is what we believe in. After looking at the ever-evolving fashion industry and its dynamic nature, we realised that we had to come up with something new very frequently. Now, we make sure that we have new collections coming in every month”, says Nikita Gupta, Founder of Amama

Amama, for its first international pop-up, is coming to Wimbledon, London on the 10th of July 2022. It is ecstatic to meet all their international “Amama Lovers”, a name they call their clients with. It intends to not just meet the existing fan base but also introduce the brand to new people who are jewellery enthusiasts like them.

With time passing by, Amama has had a revolutionary journey. A brand that started with just 10 product pictures and 50k rupees in the pocket has now got many heads turned through its statement-making pieces.

“Today, we stand at 6 million dollars in revenue, and that’s crazy to think about where we started from. It’s a brand in its making and we are hopeful that every woman in the world will possess Amama’s jewels in the near future”, added Gupta.

From making its own jewels to curating pieces and collaborating with several other handmade jewellery brands, Amama makes sure that all its customers find what they want on its

In the span of its five years of journey, the brand has been spotted on several Bollywood celebs like Karan Johar, Madhuri Dixit, Jacqueline Fernandez, Nora Fatehi, Sonakshi Sinha, Bhumi Pednekar, Shilpa Shetty, and many more.  Popular influencers and bloggers such as Masoom Minawala, Kusha Kapila, Dolly Singh, Komal Pandey, and many more have also adorned the pieces in their unique ways.


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Biden vows to protect women travelling for abortions

President Joe Biden said that his administration will also “ensure access to pills that caused abortion in states where it was prohibited”, reports Asian Lite News

US President Joe Biden said that women travelling for abortions across the country will be protected by the federal government as millions of women have lost their constitutional reproductive right after the Supreme Court overturned its 50-year-old Roe v Wade decision.

Addressing a virtual meet of Democratic Governors on Friday, the President said that his administration will also “ensure access to pills that caused abortion in states where it was prohibited”, reports the BBC.

He also expressed his opinion that some states would attempt to arrest women who crossed state lines for abortion access.

“I don’t think people believe that’s going to happen. But it’s going to happen,” the BBC quoted the President as saying.

On June 24, the Supreme Court overturned the landmark decision that established a constitutional right to abortion in the nation.

The decision came after the Supreme Court had considered an appeal case involving a Mississippi law banning all abortions over 15 weeks gestational age except in certain circumstances.

Thirteen states have already severely curtailed or blocked abortion access since the court’s decision.

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A determined life ride for defence widows

With no sponsors, no crowd-funding, Krishna embarked on her solo expedition on April 11 from Kochi. Her Akashvani FM Rainbow colleagues have been helping her at most of the places with accommodation and, if needed, medical help…writes Nivedita Khandekar

 A quirk of fate changed her life and it had a Delhi connection!

Almost 25 years later, life came full circle for this single mother and RJ from Kochi who visited the building where her late husband, an Indian Air Force officer, had worked till his death due to an accident on a West Delhi street.

“The goal of my socially committed journey is to motivate and give strength and courage to the widows of the brave men in uniform, the guardians of our country,” said the 44-year-old gutsy woman, who has planned to visit 75 Akashvani FM Rainbow stations coinciding with the ‘[Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’.

But it was no routine visit for RJ Ambika Krishna, an Akashvani FM Rainbow artiste from Kochi. Solo biking on her Enfield Bullet, Ambika is on a mission to spread a word about the defence widows through her cross-country travel from Kochi to Shillong to Amritsar and back to Kochi.

Her arduous journey began from Kerala and on the very third day she met with an accident. It happened when she had just entered Chennai. In the accident, Krishna fell down and incurred a major ligament tear in her left leg, the same that is used to change gears of her bike.

However, determined not to let anything stop her, she continued with medication.

Moving onwards, she covered Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Odisha, West Bengal, Assam, Meghalaya, Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh, and earlier this week she reached Delhi.

When asked about her journey so far, she said, “Nothing bothered me, except when I was caught in the middle of a Agnipath protest in Uttar Pradesh. Fortunately, it was a matter of minutes and I came out scratch-free.”

She narrated her voyage as how she survived the oppressive heat in the central Indian belt and the devastating rainfall in northeast India. How she survived long, lonely highways along the eastern coast and the dusty, undulating roads at many places.

Almost sticking to her schedule of 47-50 days, her journey through Uttar Pradesh was delayed a day or two as she had a fever that prompted an extra day halt in Agra.

First thing she did after reaching Delhi was to visit a doctor. Then, just like she has been doing at all her halting stations, she visited the AIR FM Rainbow station in Delhi and recorded two back-to-back live sessions and shared her adventurous journey and her inspirational story. She also visited the Air Force building where her husband had worked.

After a stay of three days in the national capital, the woman, determined to achieve her target, moved ahead to Haryana and Punjab.

The roots lie in her own struggle when she had lost her husband.

When IANS caught up with her in Delhi, Krishna was emotional as she was to visit the place where her husband was working then. Married in 1996, she lost him in a freak motorcycle accident, leaving her alone with their three-month-old daughter.

“Come to think of it, I was in Kerala after delivery. He had gone to book a train ticket for the two of us to return with the child. Imagine how happy he must have been. But fate had other plans!”

Thus, she started her real struggle that tested her grit and determination. She completed her studies that had stopped because of her marriage and child birth. With no support from her in-laws and only indirect support from her own parents, the single parent faced enormous hardships while raising the girl child.

An accountant’s job helped their survival.

“With nobody close to support me in my hardship, I know how I kept my morale high and today, when my daughter is 24 and recently hired by Infosys, I can proudly claim to have sailed through this,” Krishna said with a shine in her eyes.

Her troubles never deterred her but instead made her stronger. Her originally shy nature changed once she accepted a part-time job as an RJ in 2015 and within no time, became popular all-around Kochi.

For years, she nurtured her passion for photography and regularly went on photography tours. She is equally passionate about riding her bike and going solo on nearby trips as a regular. But the pandemic hit hard and made everyone sit at home.

“This year, after almost two years of sitting at home, it struck me that I had to do something. A trial motorbike expedition followed and I was very happy I could do it. That set the ball rolling.”

With no sponsors, no crowd-funding, Krishna embarked on her solo expedition on April 11 from Kochi. Her Akashvani FM Rainbow colleagues have been helping her at most of the places with accommodation and, if needed, medical help.

But she has managed fuel on her own. “But of course, if someone can sponsor, I am willing,” she said.

For now, she is deeply motivated with the choice of her purpose, a tribute to defence personnel and raising a voice to the cause of defence widows that resonated with her personal life.

“To it I decided to add my professional life. As an RJ, I think, I have a sense of communication. I can put forth a point properly. This made me choose to be a voice of those women who may face troubles if their husbands die on duty,” Krishna said, adding, “When I am back from this expedition, I am going to start the next phase of my mission — visiting all the defence widows in Kerala.”

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Inspirational Women participate in WIM Top50 Global Conference

The event was live streamed and watched across the globe. WIM had 13 judges from 9 countries, nominations from 26 countries and winners from 14 countries…reports Asian Lite News

More than 200 regional and global business leaders and inspirational women from all walks of life attended the 12th edition of Women in Management Top50 Global Conference and Awards in Dubai earlier this week.

Being held in the UAE for the first time, this year’s event theme Resilience and Reinvention, was tackled by several globally renowned entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, celebrities, sport personalities and political influencers.

Hon. Kanimozhi Karunanidhi, Indian Member of Parliament, Dr. Edita Tahiri, the former deputy prime minister of Kosovo and Dr. Mariyam Shakeeka, Honorary Consul of Belgium in Maldives, were just some of the high-level speakers at the conference who shared their experiences and expertise as they delved into a diverse set of topics including Women in Politics and Diversity in the Workplace.

Women in Management (WIM) was founded in 2009 in Sri Lanka by Dr. Sulochana Segera with the objective of providing a networking platform for women to realize their professional dreams through mentoring. The Professional and Career Women Awards was introduced in 2011 with an initial five awards designed to recognize outstanding female leaders in the corporate sector. A decade later, and now in its twelfth year, the Professional and Career Women Awards has recognized over 53 women for their outstanding leadership and remarkable achievements with annual events held in Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Canada and now the UAE.

The event was live streamed and watched across the globe. WIM had 13 judges from 9 countries, nominations from 26 countries and winners from 14 countries.

Dr Segera’s home country was also well represented with His Excellency Malraj De Silva, Ambassador to Sri Lanka in the UAE, Hon. Dr. Sudarshani Fernandopulle,Member of Parliament Sri Lanka and Hon. Eran Wickramaratne, Member of Parliament, gracing the event with their presence.

The latter shared his thoughts on Diversity, Inclusion and Gender Fluidity whilst Riza Muhammed, Chairman Sri Lanka Business Council Dubai & North Emirates, discussed Bilateral Trade Between Sri Lanka & UAE.

This edition of the high-profile event was held under the auspices of the Sri Lanka Business Council in the UAE and Equality Alliance UK.

The event culminated in an awards ceremony. Winners were identified across numerous categories like Law, Banking and Finance, Leadership, Education and Social Impact to name but a few.  

Some of the local winners were: UAE – Strategic Leadership Award – Latifa AlShehhi – Head of Data Management at the Road and Transport Authority in Dubai; UAE Leadership Excellence – Aarefa Al Falahi – Member of Board of Directors – RAK Chamber of Commerce; UAE Leadership Excellence in Innovation – UAE – Sukaina Parpia, Founder & CEO of SPAR UAE; UAE Outstanding NGO/NPO – Nadia Abdul Aziz, Board Director, accepting on behalf Al Noor Rehabilitation & Welfare Association for People of Determination.

 “Staging this fantastic event in Dubai was a long time coming. With such a diverse range of nationalities calling it home, access to high-level experts not to mention several of our well-deserved winners from the region, Dubai has enabled us to take this annual event to the next level. Our gratitude for the overwhelming support from local entities like the Sri Lanka Business Council cannot be overstated,” said Dr. Sulochana Segera – Founder & Chairperson Women in Management said,

“The success of this year’s event has further strengthened our resolve to encourage inclusion, celebrate women in leadership and to provide that crucial platform to recognize and reward those who truly excel and inspire. We are already thinking about next year using Dubai as a springboard for further success.”

Some of the International winners are:

Egypt – Outstanding Legal Professional of the Year – Dr. Nermine Tahoun – FOUNDER & Managing Partner TAHOUN & Associates; Nepal – Women Development – Pramila Acharya Rijal – Founder President of South Asian Women Development Forum, with a SAARC recognized Forum; Maldives – Legal Category – Mariyam Shunana – Managing Partner of the most top rated law firm in the Maldives, Shunana & Co. LLP – Her award will be accepted by a Maldivian representative; Malaysia – Social Impact Award – Dr. Lalitha Kutti Krishnan Nair – Director Amogha Group of Companies; South Africa -Social Change Maker of the Year – Barbara Nussbaum – Founder and Director FINDING US IN MUSIC; Sri Lanka – Inspirational Entrepreneur of the Year – Sandra Wanduragala – Founder and Chairman Selyn Exporters (Pvt) Ltd; India Outstanding Business Women Entrepreneur- Small – Anita Ramachandran – Founder & CEO Cerebrus Consultant; Pakistan/UAE Women Empowerment – Shamira Mitha Founder and Managing Director, VERVE Marketing & Communications.

WIM Local and international partners, sponsors and well-wishers are:

Platinum Sponsor Thambapanni Restaurant – Truly Sri Lankan;

Telecommunication Partner SLT Mobitel;

Hospitality Partner Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre,;

Gold Sponsors EXPO Lanka Holdings Pl;

Al Ghurair Food Jenan;

Silver Sponsor North Port Logistics;

Gift Partners FADNA Tea, Sri Lanka Tea Board, Next Education Group, UAE Fine Fragrances;

Destination Partner, Maldives – The sunny side life, Sponsors, Al Haramain – Since 1970, SIMDI Group, Crystal Sands, The Hawks;

PR Partner The Guild;

Event Partner Team Evention, XESS – Advertising.

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US Supreme Court ends constitutional right to abortion

The 5-4 order of the overwhelmingly conservative nine-justice bench is expected to change American social life as it exists now, reports Yashwant Raj

The US Supreme Court on Friday overturned the fundamental right to abortion granted by an earlier order in the Roe v. Wade case nearly 50 years ago. The 5-4 order of the overwhelmingly conservative nine-justice bench is expected to change American social life as it exists now.

The court has left abortion rights to be determined individually by the 50 states. Sixteen states and the District of Columbia have state laws protecting abortion and will remain unaffected by the Supreme Court order.

About 17 states do not have any explicit laws either upholding abortion rights or prohibiting abortion, according to one study and nearly half of all 50 states are expected to make abortion difficult or impossible. Women from states with a ban or restrictions will be free, however, to travel to other states for the procedure.

“Roe was egregiously wrong from the start. Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences. And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey (a 1992 case in which the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling was upheld) have enflamed debate and deepened division,” Justice Samuel A. Alito wrote for the majority opinion. “It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”

The order as delivered was very similar to a leaked copy of Justice Alito’s opinion in May and was widely anticipated of the overwhelmingly conservative non-justice bench with the addition of three conservative justices — Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett. Justices Alito and Clarence Thomas and Chief Justice John Roberts are the other three conservatives. The three liberal justices are Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

“This fall, Roe is on the ballot,” President Joe Biden said in remarks from the White House, declaring the restoration of abortion rights as an election issue for Democrats, starting with the mid-term elections in November.

U.S. Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C. (Xinhua/Liu Jie/IANS)

Codifying the abortion rights through a legislation by congress, he added, is the only option now and that is only possible with more Democrats in both chambers. For the moment, he vowed that women travelling from states that don’t allow abortion to states that do will get the full protection of his administration.

Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives, slammed the court order. “Today, the Republican-controlled Supreme Court has achieved the GOP’s dark and extreme goal of ripping away women’s right to make their own reproductive health decisions. Because of Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell (top Republican senator), the Republican Party and their supermajority on the Supreme Court, American women today have less freedom than their mothers,” she said, adding: “This cruel ruling is outrageous and heart-wrenching. But make no mistake: the rights of women and all Americans are on the ballot this November.”

The court issued the order in connection with a Mississippi law that prohibits abortion after 15 weeks of conception. The law had not been implemented because it was ruled violative of the Supreme Court’s order in the Roe v. Wade in 1973, that made abortion a constitutional right. Chief Justice joined his other conservative colleagues to uphold the Mississippi law — Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health — 6-3; but he joined the liberal to oppose his conservative colleagues’ decision to overturn the Roe v. Wade order in a 5-4 order.

Abortion has been a politically emotive issues, specially with Republican who have had it as a key election plank for decades. The American public, however, stands largely supportive of abortion rights — 61 per cent favour abortion in all or most cases while 37 per cent want it be made illegal in all or most cases, according to Pew Research Center.

During rally for pro-abortion rights in LA.(photo:

About three-quarters of White evangelical Protestants (74 per cent) think abortion should be illegal in all or most cases, the center found, while 84 per cent of religiously unaffiliated Americans say abortion should be legal in all or most cases, as do 66 per cent of Black Protestants, 60 per cent of White Protestants who are not evangelical, and 56 per cent of Catholics.

Abortion rights supporters are girding up for a long battle to restore these constitutional rights. But with the judicial route now blocked for a time with the brutal conservative majority on the Supreme Court bench, they are looking at legislating a law to codify it.

Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer has scheduled a vote on a prospective law but he does not have the support of 60 members — essentially, 10 Republicans — and is unlikely to get anywhere.

Democrats, who overwhelmingly favor abortion rights, cannot enact a protective law unless they expanded control of both chambers, which they don’t have now. But restoration of these rights could become a key election plank and a rallying point for liberals, starting with the mid-term polls due in November.

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Something has to change…Suicide rate of Asian women three times the national average- why? Explores Faiza Ahmed

Asian women in Britain have the highest rate of suicide, three times the National average and on a par with soldiers returning home from war. (Journeyman Pictures – Why are UK authorities ignoring honour killings? – YouTube )

What makes the lives of Asian women so unbearable that they feel the only way to escape the horror of their everyday existence is to take their own lives?

We all know that there are issues within parts of the Asian community with forced marriages and honour killings when young people struggle to cope with being raised between two vastly different cultures.

The cases of Shafilea Ahmed and Banaz Mahmood are well known and were well-publicised  after they died. No one helped them when they were alive when it could have made a difference to these young women and saved their lives.

According to Journeyman Pictures, one of the main causes of suicide is because of young Asian women seeking to escape marital rape after being forced to marry someone they don’t want!

However, there are other stories besides these more typical stories of honour killings and forced marriages that don’t get told.

For example, take the case of Sara (not her real name) who stood first at every school she attended before the age of sixteen and was told by Asian peers that she was considered the most likely to succeed.

Awarded the prize for best O Level results at 16 and having been invited on an Asian radio show in 1988 ( Smeet Petite and the Karachi Kid on GLR Radio) after winning a competition, she and her peers felt she was set to have a bright future.

After being considered for a place at Cambridge in 1990 (She had attained the points at A Level and aced the interview at King’s College Cambridge), she attended a red-brick university (rated among the Top 10 British universities) from 1989 and graduated with a 2:1 BA Hons in 1992.

A hard-working serious minded young woman, she was a trained and qualified teacher by the age of 22 like her father, maternal grandfather and great grandfather before her. Sara’s life looked as if it was set to shine….

In the late 1990s,  she attended Thames Valley University for a script writing course and her tutor Tony Dinner ( a former head of the BBC Script Unit) told her in front of a class that her work was good and that she must never give up on her talent even though it was hard for new writers to get a foot in the door!

It looked as if she had it all until she became the target of a smear campaign by other Asians who quite possibly had a problem with her success.

This was even though she had been a child of divorce who had been raised without a father from the age of 10 in council housing on a pittance as her mother received no child support! In spite of this disadvantage, she had worked hard to build a better life and had achieved some success because of hard work.

Despite her efforts, she found herself being smeared as a terror threat to Britain by mentally unstable people connected to the father who had failed to pay child support and had been absent from her life from the age of 10. They destroyed her success after never having contributed to it!

Not only that but then she was targeted by other Asians who were rivals to that paternal family who called her “the daughter” of the man who had abandoned her at age ten because he didn’t want to pay child support!

They made her pay to the age of 50 for the absent parent who never paid for her when she was a child of ten and carried out a tribal vendetta against her!

This was tribalism, something that is prohibited in Islam which these Asians claim to follow! Other crimes condemned in Islam were to follow- slander of innocent women, spying and backbiting innocent people, harming the fatherless, the less fortunate the “widow” and her fatherless orphan!

A teacher’s daughter, grand daughter and great grand-daughter, she was rumoured by these pathologically lying strangers to be a terrorist, tart, gang person, a drug addict!

Gossip is a sin in the religion of Islam but gossip was favoured over 40 years of verifiable exemplary school and work reports and an enhanced DBS check!

Sara found herself being depicted as the exact opposite of all that she was after being exemplary! Her mother had raised her to believe that being good and working hard was the key to success but this proved not to be the case!

Sara was deeply humanitarian and had been a regular charity donor giving to seven British charities a month and doing voluntary work but they slandered her as a terrorist!

A teacher’s daughter, grand-daughter and great grand-daughter this teetotal woman was rumoured to be a gang person taking drugs possibly by Asian gang people taking drugs in a part of London where she never goes and knows no one!

She and her maternal relatives complained to the police and her MP about the abuse.

Sara even turned to social media in desperation and uploaded verifiable proof of the facts- 40 years of verifiable school and work reports and other documents that prove she has been exemplary and deeply humanitarian as well as proof that she had lost contact with her father in primary school!

She felt compelled to do this because in a society that has lost the fear of God, lies can be casual and even exemplary people can be demonised to save face for those who have done wrong especially when bigotry, racism or discrimination is involved.

Suicide is forbidden in Sara’s religion and as a devout Muslim she turned to her faith for comfort, a faith which forbids suicide but there is no joy in her life after being exemplary and the girl who once was thought by some of her Asian peers to be the most likely to succeed now counts down to the day when her life will be naturally over and she can escape the sadness of a life that feels empty.

At 51 she has ended up with no husband, no children. She has never known what it is to have a wedding day, to be a bride or to hold a new born child in her arms, to be a mother, to have a family that will be there for her in her old age to care for her as she cares for her mother. This is a sad ending for a girl who was exemplary.

Someone whose poetry had been published in the children’s section of the Young Observer in Asia in 1981, Sara never did write the sitcoms, novels and plays she might have written because of the stress caused in her life by other Asians who made her a target for the more sinister and dangerous people of other groups who harbour covert racist tendencies who would always try to demonise even exemplary Asians like herself in order to whitewash the wrong done to them.

There is good and bad in every ethnic group and sadly Asian women who are unprotected and disadvantaged in some way can be targeted by the nastier elements of every group who will milk their disadvantage. This is what happened to Sara.

After 9/11, local councils were given the right to spy on terror suspects. All it took for Sara to become a suspect was for an unstable, possibly envious person to tell lies!  While working at her local council she noticed a colleague repeating word for word things she had said in her own home, the same colleague who openly stated that, “Kicking people’s heads in with bovver boots is a primitive method but it works.”

She began to suspect that far right violent and dangerous racists who like to brain damage Asians were invading her privacy on every level as a result of the lies of other Asians!

She stopped writing for fear of plagiarism and all her talent was wasted. She has spent her life in fear of being brain damaged, the girl who had stood first and been told by a former BBC head that she had real potential, real talent.

Writers can bring millions into the economy if their talent is nurtured so it is Britain’s loss if British writers are wasted. Sara was also top ranked in an industry said to be worth $63 billion dollars a year to the economy but this talent was  also wasted. (Why the ESL Market is set to boom in the next 10 years –­)

This is a story less typical than the stories of forced marriages and honour killings but it is a story that needs to be told for if even exemplary Asian girls can’t make it, then what hope is there for the rest of us?

No wonder the suicide rate of Asian women is three times the national average and on a par with the suicide rate of soldiers returning shell shocked from wars! Asian women who are disadvantaged in some way are being set up to fail!

Instead of ignoring the problem, the Asian community in Britain needs to face what is wrong and work together to rectify the situation to make life better for Asian women. There is no excuse for apathy on this issue given the shockingly high suicide rate.

It is unacceptable that Asian women and girls can be exemplary and end up endangered and with nothing after following the rules and being perfectly behaved.

Something has to change…