Women are already owning this year. As we are inching closer to the Olympic Games 2020, women sportspersons are all set to steal the show in Tokyo, we have a nine-year-old making an anti-bullying app and the third Indian woman made it to the rank of Lieutenant General in Indian Army. All these gutsy women assure us that the future is definitely female.

Ahead of International Women’s Day, here is a look at some special moments which celebrate and recognise the power of womanhood:

Lieutenant General Madhuri Kanitkar

Major general Madhuri Kanitkar was promoted to the rank of a Lieutenant General, making it a historic promotion as she becomes the third woman officer and the first paediatrician to rise to the second-highest rank in the Indian Armed Forces.

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Lt General Madhuri Kanitkar in her office in Udhampur. (PC- Lt Gen Madhuri Kanitkar)

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The Women in Blue in T20 World Cup final

The Indian women’s cricket team has thrived against many odds and for the first time ever qualified for T20 World Cup final. Backed by stellar players including Harmanpreet Kaur, Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Punam Yadav they had finished as the table-toppers in their Group A.

Rana Ayyub

Fearless Journalist Rana Ayyub covers sensitive subjects and she recently won the 2020 McGill Medal for journalistic courage. She will receive the medal on April 22 at a ceremony in the Peyton Anderson Forum at Grady College.

Ayyub is a former investigative journalist from Tehelka and the author of the book, Gujarat Files: Anatomy of a Cover Up.

Women of Shaheen Bagh

This group of courageous women have been sitting for more than two months at Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh. The neighbourhood is flooded with protestors, led mostly by women, who are sitting-in against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

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Women protestors at Shaheen Bagh.

Also read: Mother Whose Infant Died From Cold Rejoins Shaheen Bagh Protest

Feast prepared By Menstruating Women

When a Bhuj College forced women students to strip to prove that they weren’t menstruating, a Delhi NGO organised “Period Feast” in protest. The feast was solely prepared by women who were menstruating in Mayur Vihar which witnessed a total of 28 women cooking the food as a response to a controversial statement made by Swami Krushnaswarup Dasji who said, “If a menstruating woman cooks food for her husband, she will definitely be born as a female dog in her next life”.

Women shine st Asian Wrestling Championship

Grappler Divya Kakran became the second Indian woman ever to win a gold medal at the Asian Championships. Two other wrestlers, Pinki and Sarita Mor continued the golden run by winning gold medals in the 55kg and 59kg categories respectively.

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Divya Kakran, Sarita Mor and Pinki at Asian wrestling championship
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Sania Mirza wins the Hobart International

After a two-year of maternity break, tennis champion Sania Mirza made a rocking comeback and lifted the WTA Hobart International trophy with partner Nadiia Kichenok. Mother of son Izhaan, the 33-year-old Sania missed the entire 2018 and 2019 seasons.

Race Walker Bhawna Jat qualifies for Olympics

Race walker, Bhawna Jat from Rajasthan, has secured a berth in Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The 24-year-old also broke the national record of the 20 km race walk at the 7th National Race Walk Championships in Ranchi.

Bhawna Jat Qualifies Olympics
Bhawna Jat qualifies for Olympics in 20km race walk

Nine-Year-Old develops Anti-Bullying App

Meaidaibahun Majaw of Shillong developed an anti-bullying app. The app helps children in reporting cases of bullying anonymously and alerts their parents and teachers. The nine-year-old created the app after she came face-to-face with bullying in school. She has been awarded a special appreciation certificate and memento by the Union Human Resources Development Minister RP Nishank.

Meaidaibahun Majaw
Meaidaibahun Majaw, 9-year-old Awarded For Developing Anti-Bullying App/ Image credit: East Mojo

Vinesh Phogat wins Gold at Rome Ranking Series

Star wrestler Vinesh Phogat won the final (53 kg) of Rome Ranking series. World Championships bronze-medallist Vinesh won her first gold medal of the 2020 season. India’s biggest Tokyo Olympics medal hope, Vinesh bagged a bronze at the World Wrestling Championships and assured herself of an Olympic berth last year.

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