Women Related Issues Current Affairs - 2020

Lok Sabha Speaker launches “Suposhit Maa Abhiyan”: To create Malnutrition free India

On March 1, 2020, the Lok Sabha speaker Shri Om Birla launched Suposhit Maa Abhiyan in Kota, Rajasthan. The Scheme aims to create malnutrition-free India. It mainly supports pregnant women and adolescent girls.

About the Scheme

Suposhit Maa Abhiyan was launched to preserve the health of future generations. Under the programme, more than 1000 women are to be given food for 1 month. It is applicable only to one pregnant woman per family.

The scheme registers pregnant women on a website. From the website, the women who are in need of nutritional support are identified. The identified women are to be given a balanced diet kit of 17 kg. It includes milet flour, wheat, maize, gram, jaggery, large soybean, groundnut, ghee, dates, roasted gram, lentil, oatmeal and rice.

Significance

The Scheme is launched to help India achieve its target of “Malnutrition Free India” by 2022. Kota, Rajasthan was selected as it is the constituency of the speaker.

2nd South Asia Safety Summit held in New Delhi

The second edition of South Asia Safety Summit was recently held in New Delhi. It was orgnaised by Union Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) and Facebook. It was organized to highlight issue of safety while individuals and communities are connected on the digital platform.

Highlights of Summit

It saw participants from 125 civil society organizations from India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Afghanistan who have expertise in running digital literacy programmes and creating tools for social-emotional development of young people.

Comic series under #CreateCareConnect: It was launched during the summit with an aim to educate young users about online safety in a simple and engaging way. It is illustrated by a young Delhi-based doodler, @neha.doodles.

We Think Digital website: It was launched by Union Minister of WCD Srmiti Irani during the Summit. It is online education portal with interactive tutorials aimed at helping people think critically and share thoughtfully online. It covers topics like privacy, safety, security, digital discourse and knowing your digital footprint.