12:03 pm New Delhi: Motherhood is a joy of lifetime and a delicate feeling to relish. When the world is battling the novel coronavirus pandemic, one of the biggest concerns is how the COVID-19 infection affects pregnant women and their unborn children. Though the data and evidence are limited, at preliminary stage experts are of the opinion that the infection cannot be transmitted in the womb. Dr Renu Misra, Senior Consultant, Endoscopic surgery and IVF, Sitaram Bhartia Institute of Science and Research, Gurgaon addresses some key questions the expecting and the newbie mums should know to sail through this tough time. Excerpts: Q: Are pregnant women in general more susceptible to COVID-19 than non-pregnant women or is the risk the same for everyone? Dr Misra: The answer is that we don't know as of now for COVID-19. There is not enough data to say one way or the other. What we know with experience from other flu-like fevers like influenza is that pregnant women are more susceptible because of physiological changes in pregnancy and the illness may become more severe in pregnant women. Q: Immunity in pregnant women is relatively suppressed, can that potentially add to the risk? Dr Misra: That's exactly the reason why any infection can become more severe in pregnant women. Q: Any virus or diseases for a pregnant woman is for 2 persons: the would-be mum and the fetus. What about the fetus health? Dr Misra: Most of the time, there is no risk for the fetus. There are some reports saying there may be preterm births, but that is also not proven whether that is because of the virus or other reasons. Q: In general, protocol is that if the mother has contracted the disease, one should stay away from the child. What about breastfeeding? Dr Misra: Again it is not a good idea to stop breastfeeding. In fact, one should not stop doing so. The virus is not in the milk. What a new mum can do is she can take all the precautions, like wearing a mask, wash her hands before breastfeeding the baby. The chances of the baby infected is same just as any other individual sitting next to an infected person by respiratory droplets, or the virus in the air. So, there is no universal recommendation that the mother should stop breastfeeding. Having said that, we need to see case to case. An alternative is to express the breast milk and somebody else feeds the baby. Because if you stop breastfeeding, the milk production will stop within a couple of weeks, which might not be the best for the baby in the long term. Q: Any special protocol especially for pregnant to follow at this time? Dr Misra: It is the same for everybody. Wash hands, don't go out in the crowded place, stay away from people coughing and sneezing. These are standard practices to avoid getting viral infections, which also applies to COVID-19. Q: If an individual has contracted the COVID-19 during pregnancy and recovered before delivery, is it required for her to through any special monitoring before delivery? Dr Misra: Viral infections are self-limiting diseases with generally no long-term effect. Therefore, no special monitoring is required at delivery if the woman has recovered completely. (IANS)
01:03 pm Melbourne, March 9 Only one Indian -- Poonam Yadav -- has been named in the Women's T20 World Cup 2020 Team of the Tournament. Yadav had Australia in knots in a dramatic opening game of the tournament. India's leading T20I wicket-taker took four for 19 in the opener and didn't look back, bagging three against Bangladesh before rounding off with wickets in each match. However, she was far from her best in the final which India lost by 85 runs at the MCG on Sunday. She managed to pick just one wicket and gave away 30 runs in four overs. Meanwhile, five players from Australia's victorious squad -- Alyssa Healy, Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning (captain), Megan Schutt and Jess Jonassen -- have been named in the team. The remaining players in the team are Nat Sciver, Heather Knight, Sophie Ecclestone, Anya Shrubsole and Laura Wolvaardt. Taking her place as 12th woman is teenage sensation Shafali Verma - who broke record after record at the top of India's order. Fearless cricket had the opposition running scared of the 16-year-old, with her devastating 163 runs coming at a jaw-dropping strike rate of 158.25. The side was pulled together by a selection panel featuring commentators and former international players Ian Bishop, Anjum Chopra and Lisa Sthalekar, journalist Raf Nicholson and ICC representative Holly Colvin. Squad: Alyssa Healy (wk) (Australia), Beth Mooney (Australia), Nat Sciver (England), Heather Knight (England), Meg Lanning (c) (Australia), Laura Wolvaardt (South Africa), Jess Jonassen (Australia), Sophie Ecclestone (England), Anya Shrubsole (England), Megan Schutt (Australia), Poonam Yadav (India), 12th woman: Shafali Verma (India) (IANS)
09:03 pm Syed Tehmeena, a young Kashmiri woman activist has criticized the terrorist activities in Kashmir at an international forum in Geneva. Pointing out the drawbacks of the separatist movement, Tehmeena said that it oppressed and deprived women of their rights in the valley. Speaking at the Geneva Press Club on a discussion centred around ‘Jammu and Kashmir: Sifting Facts from Fiction’ on the sidelines of 43rd session on United Nations Human Rights Council she said that Kashmiri women have been victims of social practices and militancy in the state. She added that the Pakistan sponsored terrorism in Kashmir valley had deprived women of education, made them victims of domestic violence and excluded them from social and public life. People in rural areas of Kashmir are firmly steeped in feudal and medieval outlook and families refuse to give any choices to women in education, marriage, dress code, profession, and social interactions. “Not only me but many young boys and girls have left the valley and settled in other parts of the country because the terrorist ideology has curtailed opportunities. Moreover, the ideology of freedom movement does not stand for the freedom of women,” she was quoted as having said. Radicalization has had a deep impact on the Kashmiri society and there is a need to clean this up perhaps through mixed home allotments to people from different religious backgrounds. Activists and journalists from Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan occupied Kashmir, European parliamentarians and foreign dignitaries attended the event.
05:03 pm New Delhi: Dream big and do not hesitate to ask for your rightful place in the society or workplace. That is the advice Twitter's Vice President for Asia Pacific Maya Hari has to offer ahead of International Women's Day on Sunday. "I deeply believe in and advocate for inclusion and diversity in the workplace. My fundamental belief is that women should ask for their rightful spot. Therefore, my advice to women is -- don't hold yourself back. It is a question of how big you dream is because anything is possible. Ask for that job you want or that promotion," she told IANS in an interview. Twitter, she believes, has helped women in India and across the world challenge stereotypes, build communities and celebrate themselves. #MeToo/#MeTooIndia, #SareeTwitter, GirlsWhoDrinkBeer,#LahuKaLagaan and #JhumkaTwitter have emerged as some of the top women conversations and movements in India over the past three years. "I feel fortunate being at Twitter and spending the last 5+ years at this company. Not only does the platform very deeply care about representing every voice, but is also able to drive conversations that matter and showcase every side of a debate," said Maya, who is responsible for building Twitter's business across the Asia Pacific region. Besides driving conversations on women's rights, Twitter is also focusing on improving diversity in the organisation and training its women leaders, she said. "Diversity is also incredibly important to us at Twitter. Along with setting strong, measurable targets around improving the diversity of women in the workforce, both in technical jobs and in leadership, we also provide training to our women leaders, sponsoring their participation in a Global Female Leaders Program in partnership with Stanford University, among other initiatives," Maya informed. Twitter is celebrating this International Women's Day with #EveryWoman. "When every woman has a voice, intersectionality becomes a strength. Practising intersectionality means supporting #EveryWoman "regardless of her/their ethnicity, sexuality, religion, class, or ability," Maya said. "On Twitter we believe everyone, including women, should feel safe expressing their unique point of view with every tweet - and its our job to make that happen," she noted. Saying that abuse, harassment and hateful conduct have no place on Twitter, she stressed that the platform has taken strong steps to proactively address the health of the conversation on its service. "Today, more than 50 per cent of abusive content that we take action on is identified proactively using technology, instead of relying on reports from people using Twitter," the Twitter executive emphasised. Prior to joining Twitter in 2014, Maya spent over 15 years in the digital media, mobile and e-commerce industries across the US and in Asia Pacific for brands such as Samsung, Google, Microsoft and Cisco. Source: IANS
05:03 pm Bengaluru: All the seminars and training on adapting inclusively at the workplace don't suffice the fact that most employees disagree with the company leaders on equality in their organisations, an Accenture study has revealed. Nearly all leaders in India believe their people feel included but one third of employees agree and while 2/3 feel they create empowering environments where people have a sense of belonging. "A significant gap exists between the way leaders and employees view progress toward equality in their organizations", according to a new cross industry research from Accenture. The report covered several industries across 28 countries including India has found that organizations are at an inflection point. Today's workforce 88% of women and 77% of men in India believe it is critical to helping them thrive in the workplace as most leaders rank diversity and workplace culture low on their list of top organisational priorities. "Everyone - both women and men - would advance faster, and global profits would increase by $3.7 trillion, including $1.35 trillion in the Asia Pacific region," said the study. It also added how the annual retention rate in India would increase by 2 % for women as well.
02:03 pm Chandigarh: The Punjab government will mark the International Women's Day on Sunday in a unique way by reserving a stretch of the main road in every district for the fair sex from 7 p.m. on Saturday to 1 a.m. the next day. Punjab Minister for Social Security, Women and Child Development Aruna Chaudhary said the state is ensuring that the streets are safe for women and girls and their participation in economic activities could be increased. Women should not be stopped from taking up jobs that require them to travel after dark. Thus, embracing the theme #Reclaim Public Spaces, her department has decided that International Women's Day should be celebrated in a novel way. She said that from 7 p.m. on March 7 till 1 a.m. on March 8, at least 6 km stretch of an arterial road in all district headquarters and major towns would be reserved only for women of all age groups. The minister said the activities on the road will include walk, run, cycling, dance for a cause, impromptu flash dances, human chain and signature scroll, among others, to highlight the need for a gender-sensitive world in which no girl or woman suffers abuse or assault of any kind. Besides, vibrant food stalls and showcasing women's enterprises along the well lit-up roads will be among the events lined up for the day. "If some women start using the streets after dark for work, leisure, recreation or fitness, more and more women will be encouraged to come out and reclaim those public spaces that were hitherto closed to them, despite their being equal citizens," Chaudhary said, adding "If such activities are held regularly, a culture of safe and bustling streets will be ushered in." She also said that all the district officials have been asked to ensure maximum participation of women and girls, including students, employees of private establishments, staff of call centres, doctors, engineers, teachers and role models. The minister said on that day, the men could join only at both ends of the road. They will take a pledge to be gender-sensitive and work in tandem with women to make the world a better and safer place. Source: IANS
10:03 am New Delhi:Around 40 per cent of the 73 lakh candidates trained under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana between 2016 and 2020 were women candidates while Jan Sikshan Sansthans have 90 per cent female trainees, Union Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Minister Mahendra Nath Pandey said on Wednesday. The minister said, "Through our programmes, aspiring female professionals have started to take their rightful place in the workforce while inspiring their peers from heterogeneous backgrounds to come forth and become a force to reckon with. It is heartening to see women breaking traditional barriers and training in less conventional skills to make a mark globally," the minister added. Pandey was speaking at an event to mark the International Women's Week in the national capital on Wednesday. He said the flagship Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana strives to promote increased participation of women in the workforce through appropriate skilling and gender mainstreaming of skills. Close to 40 per cent of the candidates enrolled and trained under PMKVY (2016-20) are women out of the total 73 lakh candidates who have benefited from the scheme. "Programmes under the Skill India Mission are designed to not only train women in relevant skills that are sought by the employers, but they are also sensitive to their needs by providing safe transport, flexible schedules and childcare support," Pandey added. Focus on women enrolment has resulted in significant success. Through a wide network of 15,042 ITIs spanning across the country, the number of women getting admission has nearly doubled (97 per cent) to 173,105 women trainees in 2019 as compared to 87,799 women trainees in 2014, before the commencement of Skill India. Pandey handed out certificates to the winners of several competitions held especially for women across multiple trades and various programmes initiated under the Skill India Mission. Best from waste, webpage designing, short video making and debate competition were some of the categories in which competitions were held. The event was curated to raise awareness on various initiatives under the Skill India Mission, especially those focused on women. Source:IANS
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12:02 pm New York: Women who sleep poorly tend to overeat and consume a lower-quality diet, say researchers, adding that poor sleep quality can increase the risk of heart disease and obesity. Previous studies have shown that people who get less sleep are more likely to develop obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease--and that the relationship may be partially explained by diet. The current study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, was designed to get a more comprehensive picture in women by examining associations between overall diet quality and multiple aspects of sleep quality. "Women are particularly prone to sleep disturbances across the life span, because they often shoulder the responsibilities of caring for children and family and, later, because of menopausal hormones," said Indian-origin researcher and study senior author Brooke Aggarwal from Columbia University Vagelos. For the findings, the researchers analysed the sleep and eating habits of an ethnically diverse group of 495 women, ages 20 to 76. The study looked at sleep quality, the time it took to fall asleep, and insomnia. The women also reported on the types and amounts of foods they typically eat throughout the year, allowing researchers to measure their typical dietary patterns. Similar to previous studies of sleep and diet, the study found that those with worse overall sleep quality consumed more of the added sugars associated with obesity and diabetes. Women who took longer to fall asleep had higher caloric intake and ate more food by weight, the researchers said. And women with more severe insomnia symptoms consumed more food by weight and fewer unsaturated fats than women with milder insomnia. "Our interpretation is that women with poor-quality sleep could be overeating during subsequent meals and making more unhealthy food choices," said Aggarwal. "Poor sleep quality may lead to excessive food and calorie intake by stimulating hunger signals or suppressing signals of fullness," said study lead author Faris Zuraikat. "Fullness is largely affected by the weight or volume of food consumed, and it could be that women with insomnia consume a greater amount of food in an effort to feel full," Zuraikat added. "However, it's also possible that poor diet has a negative impact on women's sleep quality, eating more could also cause gastrointestinal discomfort, for instance, making it harder to fall asleep or remain asleep," Zuraikat concluded. Source: IANS
10:02 am Gandhinagar:The Gujarat Police have arrested all the four accused in the February 11 Swaminarayan girls college case where dozens of students were allegedly forced to strip by the college staff. According to sources, the police arrested Principal Rita Raninga, advocate Anita, peon Naina, rector of the girl's hostel Ramila from the Sahajanand Girls Institute (SSGI), which offers graduate and under-graduate courses. The college suspended the principal, the hostel rector and the peon after the police registered charges against them for allegedly forcing over 60 girls to remove their undergarments to check if they were menstruating. The accused were arrested under Indian Penal Code Sections 384 (extortion), 355 (assault with intent to dishonour a person) and 506 (criminal intimidation). According to girl students' allegations, over 60 students were taken to the washroom of the hostel, located on the SSGI campus, by a woman staffer and made to remove their undergarments to check if they were menstruating. Meanwhile, after the National Commission for Women's (NCW) stern actions, SSGI trustees have assured the panel no such convenience would be caused to girl students in future.