Women Empowement Current Affairs - 2019

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HRD Ministry launches Waste Management Summit for Women Entrepreneurs

Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ launched multiple new initiatives of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) in New Delhi on 18 September 2019. This includes Waste Management Accelerator for Aspiring Women Entrepreneurs (WAWE Summit 2019), Facilitation through Margadarshan and Margadarshak, Model Curriculum for Diploma Courses, and 360-degree Feedback of Faculty. These schemes are launched to improve quality of education and will further contribute in creating New India.

Key Highlights

Under Facilitation through Margadarshan and Margadarshak initiative: the topmost institutions will mentor other institutions, so that they can improve their rankings and follow best practices of the mentor institute. The Margdarshak (teachers) will also be guiding other institutions for their betterment and will help in improving ratings under the mentorship of eminent institutes.

For India to be at top in World rankings, the path to be followed includes taking technical education to top in world. It is necessary to create new courses to prepare students for better understanding in this competitive age and, Model Curriculum for Diploma Courses is an effort in this direction.

The 360 degree feedback of faculty scheme will increase quality of education by encouraging both students and teachers.

About WAWE Summit 2019

The WAWE (Waste Management Accelerators for Aspire Women Entrepreneurs) summit is scheduled to be held in November-December 2019.

It will be jointly organised by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and Indian Institute of Waste Management (IIWM) at Jaipur, Rajasthan. IIWM and AICTE will be registering interested participation and guiding them to connect from ‘Start Up India to Stand Up India’.

Theme: Make your own bag– empowering women to take up income generation activity and entrepreneurship in waste management by making a business out of this record creating concept.

This conclave will be the largest gathering of young women students to promote entrepreneurship in waste management and providing alternatives to single use plastic carry bags.

Such initiatives are important in order to raise technical education in country to world standards. It will also be part of a series of activities to encourage entrepreneurship amongst young graduates.

It is a great initiative because women have skills in their hands and it will further empower and motivate women as well as encourage entrepreneurship among youngsters.

Parliament passes Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019

Parliament passed the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2019 or Triple Talaq Bill after it was approved by Rajya Sabha. It replaces Ordinance promulgated on February 21, 2019.  It aims to declares practice of instant triple talaq void and illegal by making it cognizable penal offence.

Salient Features of Bill

  • Objective: Protect rights of married Muslim women and ensure gender equality and gender justice to Muslim women by declaring practice of triple talaq as void and illegal i.e. not enforceable in law and prevent divorce by practice of ‘talaq-e-biddat’ by their husbands.
  • Definitions: It defines talaq or any other similar form of talaq pronounced by Muslim man resulting in instant and irrevocable divorce. It defines Talaq-e-biddat as practice under Muslim personal laws, as pronouncement of word ‘talaq’ by Muslim husband thrice in one sitting to his wife, resulting in instant and irrevocable divorce
  • Offence and Penalty: It makes this offence punishable with imprisonment up to 3 years and fine. It also makes all declaration of talaq, including in written or electronic form (email, text message etc) to be void and illegal.
  • It proposes to make offence cognizable, if information relating to commission of an offence is given to police officer by married Muslim woman upon whom talaq is pronounced or by any person related to her by blood/marriage.
  • It makes offence compoundable with permission of Magistrate at the instance of the married Muslim woman upon whom talaq is pronounced. It further provides for hearing married Muslim woman upon whom talaq is pronounced, before accused is released on bail by Magistrate.
  • Allowance: It also provides for payment of subsistence allowance (to be determined by Magistrate) to married Muslim women against whom talaq has been declared and dependent children. The amount of allowance will be determined by Magistrate.
  • Custody: It entitles Muslim woman against whom such talaq has been declared to seek custody of her minor children. In this case, Magistrate is empowered to determine manner of custody.