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  1. Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif?s strategic reform unit Women on Wheels (WOW) is all set to make an entry at the Pakistan Super League (PSL). The trainees of the WOW campaign will participate in a rally at Lahore?s Qaddafi Stadium before the first Pakistan Super League play-off qualifier match. Salman Sufi, director general, Strategic Reforms Unit, said a motorbike rally will be led by women on the first day of PSL play-off qualifiers in Lahore. ?Six biker women will participate in the rally which aims to provide females with mobility as well as empower and help them reclaim public spaces,? he said. Celebrities such as Jugnu Mohsin, Sohai Ali Abro, Mira Sethi and Juggun Kazim will also participate in the rally. Sufi said they were thankful to the Pakistan Cricket Board for taking the commendable step of allowing WOW to hold a rally ahead of the match. He further said that as per the directives of the Punjab chief minister over 10,000 women across the province would have been trained to ride motorbikes and provided customised motorcycles at subsidised rates. ?Over 3,500 women in Lahore, Multan, Sargodha and Faisalabad have been given free motorcycle training,? Sufi added. Further, the date to apply to acquire a motorcycle on subsidised rates has been extended till April 25.
  2. Unlike men, women never really say exactly how they feel most times. We all know this to be true since time immemorial. I bet you've even spent half your life deciphering what your mom says and what she actually means! Trying to develop a blanket interpretation of what exactly women mean by what they say is a very futile exercise tbh but I know the right kinda attitude is in place to figure the exact same thing out! Let's face it, if you guys had given up on womankind and what they mean vs what they say, you'd be sitting home on a Saturday night, watching re-runs of Indian Idol or something. But the fact that you still try and translate a lot of stuff that women say, says a lot about your will to know them better! © Castle Rock Entertainment A great rule of thumb is to have platonic friendships with women who can help you out with interpreting any sort of confusion you might face when it comes to understanding exactly what women say and what they mean by it. Maybe keep in touch with all the women who have 'friendzoned' you, so they can be your certified interpreters! (yeah, this is how you use 'friendzoning' to your advantage). Context being the key here, tell your women friends about the entirety of the conversation and I am sure they'll figure it out for you! For now, though, we can help you with some of the known things women say but mean the exact opposite of! Maybe it will help you gauge your partner's responses better? "I Am FINE" Translates To: No, I am NOT fine. If you're not going to agree with what I said or want then get me three chicken Mcgrills and a bag of fries" "Do WHATEVER You Want" Translates To: I am not saying 'it's my way or the highway' BUT you should know me enough by now to know you really shouldn't be doing whatever you want to do. Unless you want to...so yeah do whatever you want! "It's Fine" Translates To: No, it's really not fine. Let's talk about it for an hour at least. Till it's fine. "I Need Space" Translates To: Yeah buddy, it's over. I am probably getting on Tinder "I Am Almost Ready" Translates To: No, I will take as much time I need to get ready. That's what 'almost means'. Ps: Get me a Blueberry frozen yogurt while you're on your way to pick me up. "I Am PMSing" Translates To: Of course, I'll never reveal my period cycle to you but all you need to know is that it's my 5 day pass to snap at you on any occasion I wish to. And I need some hot Chocó fudge. "I Like Him, But..." Translates To: Yeah, he's not my type. AND his breath stinks. "Yes, I am So Over Him" Translates To: I cry myself to sleep on Adele every night "I Have Nothing To Wear" Translates To: Basically my wardrobe is out on my bed right now and I can't tell whether my cupboard is in my bedroom or my bedroom is in my cupboard. "We Can Eat Anywhere, I don't Care" Translates To: Name my 5 top favourite restaurants right now so I can chose where to eat. Come on, you know the answer. "I Want To Take It Slow" Translates To: It's winters and I don't feel like shaving. So let's not have *** just yet OR I am recovering from a rough break-up. Let me make sure I am not your worst nightmare. "We Decided To End It Mutually" Translates To: He dumped my ass because I was way too clingy. "Oh, We're Just Friends Now' Translates To: I can't stand his fu**ing face. "I am Not Like Other Girls" Translate To: You HAVE to treat me differently than you treat your other female friends or how you treated your EX. Why? Because I am special. "I Have Nothing To Say To You" Translates To: I have a lot to say to you. Do you have like half a day? "NOTHING Is Wrong" Translates To: Did you just seriously ask me what's wrong? Seriously?? Be afraid, be very afraid! "Yes" Translates To: Yes, except maybe in all probability, no. "No" Translates To: Well, no means no. So just maybe take her word on that! Women will always be creatures of mystery, so maybe you'll never get them all your life but you can pay attention to what they say and what they actually mean and you're good to go- for a few minutes at least!
  3. Two women were arrested Thursday for breaking into an Islamic centre in Arizona and filming themselves making anti-Islamic remarks, police said. Tahnee Gonzales and Elizabeth Dauenhauer were arrested for third-degree burglary "after the investigation revealed they entered onto the property of the Tempe Islamic Center and subsequently removed various items," local police spokesperson Ron Elcock said in a statement. "Based on the details of the crime an enhancement of hate crime will be considered for sentencing," he said. The women posted several videos on Facebook showing them entering the centre, making insulting remarks about Muslims and encouraging their children to repeat them. Ahmad Al-Akoum, the center´s director of inter-faith relations and one of its imams, told AFP that the incident took place the morning of March 4, when no one else was present. A local journalist saw the videos and alerted the mosque, whose leaders then checked their surveillance footage and saw the women taking copies of the Holy Quran as well as leaflets, and tearing up documents affixed to a bulletin board. Mosque officials then contacted police. "They were teaching their children to be hateful, it was very disturbing," Al-Akoum said of the women. He said that his center and others around Phoenix have regularly been subjected to harassment "for a long time, almost since 2001," referring to the year of the September 11 attacks. But things have gotten worst since Donald Trump -- who made trying to keep travelers from certain Muslim-majority countries out of the US a central part of his agenda -- took office last year.
  4. NEW YORK: Pakistan expressed its firm commitment to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), highlighting various steps taken by the federal and the provincial governments for women empowerment at the United Nations, said an official press release on Thursday. Speaking at the 62nd Session of the Commission on Status of Women, Dr. Shezra Mansab Ali Khan, MNA and head of Pakistan?s delegation said, the SDG task forces have made well resourced and concrete action plans for achieving women empowerment. ?Pakistan has also enacted a spate of laws for prevention of customary practices and to strengthen laws for punishing rape and honour crimes?, she said as per the official statement. Dr. Ali said achieving SDGs and full realisation of the rights of rural women and girls would require renewed commitment, increased investment and significantly greater financing from all sources, including official development assistance and help by the national government. The Commission on the Status of Women is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. The priority theme for this year for debate is, ?Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls? stated the official statement. She told the global body that Pakistan?s constitution guarantees equal rights for all its citizens without discrimination. It also ensures full participation of women in all spheres of life. ?None of us can move forward if half of us are left behind?, she added. Highlighting Pakistan?s Vision 2025 as the blue print for Pakistan?s own long-term, sustainable and inclusive development, Dr. Ali said that the vision prioritises gender equality and women development, through institutional restructuring, policies and fiscal reforms, women employment in public sector and women?s political participation. ?One of the biggest priorities of the government is to reduce the feminisation of poverty, especially among rural populations?, she added. Recounting various government schemes Dr. Ali mentioned the Benazir Income Support Programme as the largest social safety-net programme in Pakistan, aimed at empowering some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable rural women, benefiting approximately five million. She also told the UN about the government schemes specifically tailored at providing women with opportunity to harness loans in order to participate in promotion and development of the agricultural sector. ?Special Schemes like ?Women Employment Scheme? have been introduced for rural women across the country?, she said, adding ?Rural women?s access to financial services is being expanded as part of the National Financial Inclusion Strategy. In addition, over fifty institutions in Pakistan are providing credit and micro-credit facilities to rural women entrepreneurs?. Dr Ali cited her own example, representing a predominantly conservative rural constituency, where she defeated a male opponent, a senior and prominent public figure, by a huge margin. ?My experience has been varied. I chose to listen and learn from my constituents, especially poor rural women?, she said. She concluded by expressing Pakistan?s commitment to earnestly work with members of the international community, for a future where ?no one is left behind? in the pursuit of self-fulfillment and prosperity, mentioned the official statement.
  5. Women at Microsoft Corp working in US-based technical jobs filed 238 internal complaints about gender discrimination or sexual harassment between 2010 and 2016, according to court filings made public on Monday SAN FRANCISCO: Women at Microsoft Corp working in US-based technical jobs filed 238 internal complaints about gender discrimination or sexual harassment between 2010 and 2016, according to court filings made public on Monday. The figure was cited by plaintiffs suing Microsoft for systematically denying pay raises or promotions to women at the world?s largest software company. Microsoft denies it had any such policy. The lawsuit, filed in Seattle federal court in 2015, is attracting wider attention after a series of powerful men have left or been fired from their jobs in entertainment, the media and politics for sexual misconduct. Plaintiffs? attorneys are pushing to proceed as a class action lawsuit, which could cover more than 8,000 women. More details about Microsoft?s human resources practices were made public on Monday in legal filings submitted as part of that process. The two sides are exchanging documents ahead of trial, which has not been scheduled. Out of 118 gender discrimination complaints filed by women at Microsoft, only one was deemed?founded? by the company, according to details in the unsealed court filings. Attorneys for the women called the number of complaints?shocking? in the court filings and the response by Microsoft?s investigations team?lackluster.? Companies generally keep information about internal discrimination complaints private, so it is unclear how the number of complaints at Microsoft compares to competitors. Microsoft said in court filings that the plaintiffs did not identify practices that impact enough employees to warrant a class action and that it spends more than $55 million per year to promote diversity and inclusion. The company had about 74,000 US employees at the end of last year. Microsoft said the plaintiffs cannot cite one example of a pay or promotion problem in which Microsoft?s investigations team should have found a violation of company policy, but did not. A Microsoft spokesperson could not immediately be reached for comment. US District Judge James Robart has not yet ruled on the plaintiffs? request for class-action status. A Reuters review of federal court cases filed between 2006 and 2016 revealed hundreds containing sexual harassment allegations where companies used common civil litigation tactics to keep potentially damning information under wraps. Microsoft had argued that the number of women human resources complaints should be kept secret because publicizing the outcomes could deter employees from reporting future abuses. A court-appointed official found that scenario?far too remote a competitive or business harm? to justify keeping the information sealed.
  6. The French newspaper Liberation charged men 25 percent more for their copy to mark International Woman's Day on Thursday. Photo: AFP French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday marked International Women´s Day with a pledge to "name and shame" companies that pay women less than men for the same work. On a visit to a Paris-based property management firm hailed as a model of gender equality, he announced plans to ?drastically? increase inspections of companies to ensure they complied with a law requiring equal pay for equal work. "We will put in place a ´name and shame´ system to make public [the names of] companies that least respect the law," said Macron, who has made tackling sexism a key priority. "No one wants to be bottom of the class on this issue," he said. The World Economic Forum last year ranked France 11th out of 144 countries for gender equality but a dismal 129th for wage equality for similar work. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced plans to get tough on companies that pay women less. Under a package of workplace reforms to be finalised next month, wage screening software will be rolled out in all companies with more than 250 employees from 2019, and in all companies with over 50 employees by 2022, Philippe said. Companies found to have ?unjustified? disparities will have three years to rectify the situation or face fines of up to 1 percent of their wage bill, Philippe said. Men pay more Sexism and violence against women -- brought into sharp relief by the #MeToo campaign launched after the Harvey Weinstein scandal -- dominated the headlines in France on Thursday. Male readers of leftwing daily Liberation were asked to pay 25 percent more for their paper for the day, the proportion by which French women are underpaid compared to men, according to official statistics. For the same job, women are paid on average nine percent less. Liberation published two editions Thursday with different cover pages, one marked "for women, 2 euros, normal price" with a symbol of a woman, the other marked "for men, 2.50 euros" with a symbol of a man. The paper said it was inspired by Canadian monthly Maclean´s, which charged men more for its March edition to denounce the gender wage gap. But not everyone was on board with the operation. A vendor at a newsstand in central Paris told AFP he had sold only one copy of the paper -- a 'female' version he sold to a regular male customer who plucked it off the stand and pressed the standard 2 euros in his hand.
  7. Vanessa Flores (right) embraces another woman after she leaves the locked down Veterans Home of California during an active shooter-turned-hostage situation on in Yountville, California. Photo: AFP A gunman and three women thought to be his hostages were found dead Friday at a California veterans home after an hours-long standoff with police. The assailant struck at 10:20am at the Veterans Home of California-Yountville in the Napa Valley, the largest veterans´ home in the United States with around 1,000 former servicemen and women. "Shortly before 6:00pm this evening law enforcement personnel made entry into the room where we felt the hostages were being held by the suspect and unfortunately made the discovery of three deceased females and one deceased male suspect," Captain Chris Childs of the California Highway Patrol told a news conference. "This is a tragic piece of news, one we were really hoping we wouldn´t have to come before the public to give." The Napa County Sheriff´s Office had earlier issued an advisory on social media telling people to avoid the area following reports of gunfire, as the California Highway Patrol dispatched officers, air support and a SWAT team to the site. Childs said a sheriff´s deputy who was first on the scene exchanged fire with the suspect, adding that "we credit him with saving the lives of others in the area by eliminating the ability for the suspect to go out and find further victims." The three victims were described by local media as employees of The Pathway Home, an on-site counseling service for veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It is was not immediately clear whether they had been targeted or were chosen at random. The San Francisco Chronicle said the gunman -- apparently a 36-year-old war veteran wearing "a stash of bullets" around his neck and waist -- had been on the PTSD treatment program, adding that his weapon was a rifle. Gunman was calm It quoted state senator Bill Dodd identifying the program´s executive director, Christine Loeber, as being one of the dead, although the victims´ names have not been officially released. Police did not say how they died, although local media, citing unnamed sources, reported that the assailant shot the three women before turning the gun on himself. Dodd, whose district includes the center, said the gunman had been asked to leave several days earlier, according to the Chronicle. "It´s a residential program so guys live in the building, staff work in the building," Larry Kamer, whose wife Devereaux Smith was working at the center, told the local ABC7 News channel. Smith, a development director for The Pathway Home, was one of four women released by the gunman, said Kamer. "There was a going away party for a couple of the staff who were leaving today. They were having cake and toasting and all that and then he apparently just walked in with this rifle." Kamer said the gunman was calm and talked to everyone present. The discovery came after several fruitless hours of trying to contact the man by the sheriff´s department, City of Napa Police and the FBI. California Department of Veterans Affairs secretary Vito Imbasciani said in a statement the agency was "devastated" by the deaths. "Our hearts are heavy for the entire Yountville Veterans Home community and the families and friends who are grieving for those who died," he added. "Nothing matters more than caring for our veterans and employees during this difficult time. We appreciate the tremendous law enforcement response today and unfailing support of this community."
  8. German chancellor Angela Merkel addreses the annual World Economic Forum on January 24, 2018 in Davos, eastern Switzerland. PHOTO: REUTERS Female speakers are outnumbered by men by three to one at Europe's top international meetings including the Davos summit and Munich Security Conference, a report revealed on Thursday. The survey of world leaders and businesspeople addressing top conferences over the last five years shows a "huge gender gap" with 74 percent of speakers being male, the Open Society Foundations group said. The report -- titled "An End to Manels", or all-male panels -- comes as campaigns such as #MeToo and #Timesup try to advance the fight for women's rights around the world. "If you're walking on the street and see four men for every woman you would recognise something is wrong," report co-author Christal Morehouse told a press conference in Brussels. "But until now, no one has brought this ratio into question for Europe's top conferences." The worst is the annual Globsec security forum in the Slovak capital Bratislava, with only 12 percent of female speakers, the study found. Former British premier David Cameron has spoken there in previous years. That was followed by the Tatra summit, another Globsec-sponsored event, with 14 percent of women on the podium. The prestigious Munich Security Conference -- which this year drew British Prime Minister Theresa May and Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu -- rounds off the bottom three with 15 percent of female speakers. But there is also only one woman for every four male speakers at the Davos World Economic Forum in Switzerland, which saw a keynote speech from US President Donald Trump in January. Only one averaged equal representation, the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting, run by the OSCE and billed as Europe's largest rights conference. Britain's Chatham House think-tank had however drastically improved from 28 percent to 44 percent within a year of introducing a new selection process. Morehouse cited Chatham House as an example, saying change can happen "overnight" if all those involved take "conscious" action. Open Society Foundations, a group founded by US billionaire George Soros, looked at 23 conferences between 2012 and mid-2017, finding that 26 percent of 12,600 speakers were women and 74 percent male. The EU backed the Open Society Foundation's call for an end to "manels". "It baffles me that event organisers still try to justify their men-only panels by saying 'Oh, we just couldn't find any competent women.' This is simply not a valid argument in 2018," EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem said on Twitter Wednesday. The #MeToo movement had broken a taboo on discrimination against women, Monika Ladmanova, gender equality advisor for EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova, told AFP. "Now women are speaking up and we need to keep the momentum going," she added.
  9. New series of Barbie. Photo: Twitter US toymaker Mattel on Wednesday unveiled a new line of Barbie dolls based on accomplished women that include US snowboarder Chloe Kim, Australian conservationist Bindi Irwin and Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. The toymaker announced the new dolls ahead of International Woman's Day on Thursday. Most of the new dolls are based on living women such as Chinese volleyball champion Hui Ruoqi, French chef Helene Darroze and British boxing champion Nicola Adams. Another line dubbed "Inspiring Women" is based on historic celebrities such as pioneer aviatrix Amelia Earhart and African-American mathematician Katherine Johnson, made popular by the 2016 Hollywood movie "Hidden Figures." The new dolls, however, keep the unrealistically thin and lean proportions of a classic Barbie doll. Mattel's Barbie, for decades a blonde white doll, began in recent years to diversify its line in order to boost sales. In early 2016, the California-based company launched Barbie versions in three different body shapes -- tall, petite and curvy -- and in seven different skin tones. In December 2017, Mattel launched a Barbie doll based on US Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, an American of Muslim faith who competes with a hijab head cover. This diversification has allowed Barbie to be one of Mattel's few successful toy lines, showing a nine percent growth in the fourth quarter of 2017 in a year that the company's global sales dropped by 10.5 percent.
  10. With passing time, the role of a woman on the big screen has been changing constantly. There was a time when she was just used on-screen for decorative purposes, but time has changed and women have really traveled a long way along in the film industry. They are no more the 'abala naari' who need a man to protect them, but who would ideally want a man to just be with them. She is now the woman of substance and doesn't fear from speaking her mind out publicly and stand for her rights. She still belongs to this patriarchal society, but now she is also a rebel. It's interesting to see how with time Hindi cinema has adapted to reality and has tried to show the changing time, culture and influences. From a woman struggling to get her foothold, making it big in the big corporate world to simply bringing a story of a housewife, films have indeed changed. From Meena Kumari to Vidya Balan, from 'Bandit Queen' to 'Lipstick Under My Burkha', the women in films are no more just a visual treat but have been playing pivotal roles creating a huge change both on-screen and off-screen. We bring you 13 films where women were the real heroes and had a brilliant cast supporting them. 1957: 'Mother India' Mehboob Production Considered to be Nargis Dutt's best performance till date, 'Mother India is one such movie that actually changed the way Indian films used to portray women. A classic from the early era of Indian Cinema, this film is a must watch. Nargis plays Radha, a poor villager who has struggled throughout her life to raise her two sons. She is said to be the woman who never supports wrong and stands up for justice. Staying true to her ethics and beliefs, she ends up killing her own son just for justice. Now that's totally something! 1987: 'Mirch Masala' Eagle You might have not really watched this one but Ketan Mehta's 'Mirch Masala' brings in a tale of an ordinary woman Sonbai played by Smitha Patil from a village, who decides to say no to powerful authorities. You also have a story of another woman played by Deepti Naval who is the wife of the village's sarpanch. She is someone who revolts against her own husband because she wants to educate her own daughters. While this might look like a normal story to you today, this was released in a regressive time when a woman standing for her rights was a huge deal. 1994: 'Bandit Queen' Saregama Based on the life of Indian dacoit, Phoolan Devi, this movie literally can give you goosebumps. Played by Seema Biswas, the movie brings about the tale of a woman who fought with every man from police to goons who once destroyed her life. It's shown how she overpowers these powerful men. This Shekhar Kapoor's film was based on the biography named India's Bandit Queen: The True Story of Phoolan Devi by Mala Sen. 2000: 'Astitva' Twitter How about a movie that actually highlights the male chauvinist culture of our country? Well, we often use this term but Mahesh Manjrekar actually made a brilliant movie 'Astitva' starring Tabu in 2000. The film simply brings up the issue of domestic abuse, extramarital affair, that a woman is often aware of but is forbidden from talking about it. The movie introduces you to Aditi Shrikant Pandit's (Tabu) story who is trying to find her own identity outside her so-called happy marriage. Finally, she takes a bold step and moves away from her husband and son with her help of her to-be daughter-in-law, Namrata Shirodkar, who ends up leaving her boyfriend as too. Well, a win-win for both the females. 2011: 'No One Killed Jessica' UTV The Jessica Lal murder case literally shocked the entire nation. Based on the real-life incident, this film shows the tale of Sabrina Lal (Vidya Balan) who fights against the wealthy and influential people who were involved in the murder of her sister. On another hand, you also have Rani Mukerji who plays a journalist and helps Sabrina in every way possible. Give this one a watch. 2013: 'English Vinglish' Eros Some stories are just too beautiful, 'English Vinglish' falls on the list of that one. Directed by Gauri Shinde, this is an ordinary story of a housewife Shashi Godbole played by the iconic Sridevi. The story flawlessly shows how the woman who makes your house a home, is an exceptional mother, and also how a wife is looked down by her husband and kids, just because she can't speak English fluently. She is hurt like any human would be. Tables turn during her trip to the US, where she learns the language and despite overcoming her shortcomings and proving her family wrong, she still remains a wonderful homemaker like always. An impressive tale, that simply touches your heart. 2014: 'Queen' Viacom18 Motion Pictures Some stories give you the much required feel-good factor and Kangana Ranaut's 'Queen' totally falls into that category. The movie brings you a beautiful story of Rani who decides to take a honeymoon alone when her fiancé, played by Rajkummar Rao, decides to call off the wedding. When she travels the world, she comes across different people and learns new things about life. She comes back as a changed person all set to start her life on her own terms. 2014: 'Mary Kom' Viacom18 Motion Pictures 'Mary Kom' is an inspiring story of Indian boxer M.C. Mary Kom who won India great awards internationally. Played by Priyanka Chopra, the story brilliantly takes us through Kom's life. What makes this film special is all the hardships she went through to make it big in her career. The understanding shown between Kom's husband and her is what many need today. We also get to see how she makes a smashing comeback after her marriage and having babies. 2014: 'Mardaani' Yash Raj Films This is indeed one hell of a film to watch. The story of 'Mardaani' revolves around Shivani Roy a female cop donned by Rani Mukerji, who is all set to take down goons no matter what. She gets a new case where she has to fight the organisation involved in child trafficking and drugs. The performance by Rani is worthy of all the applause and praise. 2016: 'Neerja' Fox India This is the inspiring story of flight purser Neerja Bhanot who was shot by the terrorists and killed while she was trying to save lives of hundreds of passengers when Pan Am Flight 73 was hijacked. Played by Sonam Kapoor, this is one of her best performances till the date. 2016: 'Pink' RSE Well, many find it kind of difficult to understand the meaning of 'No' and that's what the movie 'Pink' is all about. The movie clearly states not to judge a woman based on her lifestyle and a man cannot force a woman against her will. Amitabh Bachchan dons the advocate hat that fights for the girls in a legal battle against boys who comes from rich influential families. 2017: 'Lipstick Under My Burkha' Prakash Jha Production This film is an honest portrayal of our not-so-sanskari society. Alankrita Shrivastava's movie is about lives of four women living in Bhopal who have their own simple problems. The film openly talks about a woman's sexual desire and believe us, it's not a woman-oriented film. But something that even the sensible men in our society would relate with. An amazing watch indeed! 2017: 'Tumhari Sulu' T-Series This one is such a feel-good film that Vidya Balan will literally charm your boots off and will make you fall in love with Sulu. Director Suresh Triveni's 'Tumhari Sulu' is the story of a middle-class family which is so heart-warming that from the first frame to the last, you are totally invested in the story. The film tells the tale of Sulochana Dubey (Vidya Balan) aka Sulu who is a housewife and lives with her husband Ashok (Manav Kaul) and son Pranav. You often see her coming up with silly plans to do something or the other. One day out of the blue, she lands the role of a late-night radio jockey. Her sexy voice and her unique perspective in dealing with people's problems make it an adventurous ride until reality catches up with her. What makes 'Tumhari Sulu' so impactful is that it makes you celebrate small things in life. It teaches you the importance of accepting each other's idiosyncrasies wholeheartedly. A movie that you just can't miss.
  11. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had attracted a lot of criticism after failing to pay the match fees to over 500 domestic cricketers over the last two years. And, to make matters worse, their latest contract system for the senior men's and women's team seems to have added to their woes. The new contract system and compensation structure announced by the Indian cricket board came as a massive surprise for many, especially in the wake of a massive pay disparity between Virat Kohli's men and the Mithali Raj-led women's team. The introduction of a new A+ category by the BCCI saw Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah earn Rs 7 crore apiece. Players placed in the A, B and C category would go on to bag a lucrative sum of Rs 5 crore, Rs 3 crore and Rs 1 crore respectively. #TeamIndia Senior Men retainership fee structure: Grade A+ players to receive INR 7 cr each Grade A players to receive INR 5 cr each Grade B players to receive INR 3 cr each Grade C players to receive INR 1 cr each — BCCI (@BCCI) March 7, 2018 Given the fact that there was no Grade A+ contract last year, the Grade A players received Rs 2 crore while the cricketers kept in Grade B and C ended up raking in Rs 1 crore and Rs 50 lakh, respectively. Given their recent exploits including the historic series triumph in South Africa, it was pretty understandable to see the massive hike in the pay structure for the men's side. But, while Kohli & Co. ended up bagging big bucks, a lot of eyebrows were raised over the compensation structure for the Indian women's team. Despite a successful outing in the Rainbow Nation, the Indian women's team was alotted a top bracket of just Rs 50 lakh - half the money when compared to the lowest grade for the men's team. #TeamIndia Senior Women retainership fee structure: Grade A players to receive INR 50 lacs each Grade B players to receive INR 30 lacs each Grade C players to receive INR 10 lacs each pic.twitter.com/u05YDFocWN — BCCI (@BCCI) March 7, 2018 According to BCCI's new pay structure for the women's team, a Grade A cricketer including the likes of Mithali, Jhulan Goswami, Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana, would be paid Rs 50 lakh, a Grade B player would get Rs 30 lakhs and a Grade C star would only be paid Rs 10 lakhs. It's needless to say that despite consistently proving their mettle on the international circuit, the women's team were still far from getting their due. And, there was no surprise to see a lot of backlash on the social media. Slamming the Indian cricket board for their biased pay structure, the cricket fans came out all guns blazing on the social media. Dear @BCCI please show your appreciation for women's cricket by reducing this appalling pay gap. And please negotiate contracts for telecast of their matches. We have an excellent team that a lot of us fans regret not being able to watch perform regularly. pic.twitter.com/rlPMmuTtcU — Nikhil Mehra (@TweetinderKaul) March 7, 2018 BCCI Retainer Fee: ðMen: Grade A+ INR 7 Cr Grade A INR 5 Cr Grade B INR 3 Cr Grade C INR 1 Cr ðWomen: Grade A INR 50 Lacs Grade B INR 30 Lacs Grade C INR 10 Lacs Women's Top Grade Fee Is Half Of Men's Lowest Grade Fee. Life Is So Unfair. ð #BCCI #TeamIndia — Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) March 7, 2018 Both men and #women representing our country in cricket Both are doing excellent job but then also girls are being ignored in equal pay.. Why question for all..@BCCI@ICC #WomensDay pic.twitter.com/WpnhwR7AUO — Mayank Deep (@Mayank_Dep) March 8, 2018 #TeamIndia Senior Men retainership fee structure Grade A+ INR 7 cr / A INR 5cr / B INR 3cr / C INR 1cr Why The Difference between #menandwomen they all are play for INDIA. where is your gender equality? after this you have to make #reservation in National team@SushmaSwaraj — Akshay Patel (@aksh_512) March 7, 2018 shame..... boys will get 7 cr... women will get 50 lakhs... shame on u bcci — VIRENDER SEHWAG (@virendr_sehwag) March 7, 2018 Bad gift to women team on #WomensDay Shame on #BCCI for double standards#HappyWomensDay #WomensDay2018 #sheroes — Saurabh Yadav (@yadv_saurabh) March 8, 2018 1) Men's cricket generates more revenue. 2) The people who complain themselves don't watch women's cricket. But obviously BCCI should pay them more as they deserve it. And we should encourage them by watching the matches. — SK (@frustratedsoulx) March 7, 2018 Today we talk about equal status for women in all areas but data shows different picture:- there is lot of deference between pay for women in Indian cricket team approx . 14 times less then men cricket team . Please do for this difference. happy#women's day @PMOIndia ,@AmitShah pic.twitter.com/Fif2gGG5NO — gaurav kumar (@gaurav29091995) March 8, 2018 नारॠशशà¤à¥à¤¤à¤¿à¤à¤°à¤£ à¤à¥ धà¤à¥à¤à¤¿à¤¯à¤¾à¤ à¤à¤¡à¤¼à¤¾ रहा हॠ@BCCI The pay gap b/w the male and female cricket players is so huge. How this gap will uplift the motivation of the women players @PMOIndia @Manekagandhibjp @NCWIndia please look into this @BJP4India @narendramodi @INCIndia @cpimspeak @IYC pic.twitter.com/xvClEyH0a7 — Sachin Dubey (@ISachinDubey) March 8, 2018 Yes women's Cricket is not commercially as viable (yet) as men's Cricket but this pay difference is still staggering given that as an anthele both men and women put in the same blood and sweat. As the richest board in the Cricket world #BCCI can definitely pay women more. pic.twitter.com/3bzeFliqxd — Rashi Kakkar (@rashi_kakkar) March 7, 2018
  12. Photo: File PARIS: Women are statistically far more likely to donate a kidney to a partner than receive one, according to a study released Thursday to coincide with World Kidney Day and International Women?s Day. Based on European data assessed, 36% of women donate a kidney to their husband in clinically suitable cases. That compares with just seven percent of clinically suitable men donating a kidney to their spouse, said the study by the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations. It highlights how women are also liable to suffer from the most serious stages of chronic kidney disease (CKD) as they tend to live longer than male sufferers and take longer to reach a stage requiring a transplant. ?Although it is hard to pinpoint a specific reason for higher numbers of wives being donors than husbands, the evidence suggests women are motivated by reasons such as altruism and the desire to help their family continue to survive,? said Adeera Levin, a Professor of Medicine at Canada?s University of British Colombia. The study data shows some two thirds of kidney transplant recipients are men although the gender difference was less pronounced for donations by deceased men and women. Worldwide, the study found 14% of women suffer from CKD compared with 12% of men. Although the data showed higher proportions of women live with advanced CKD, ?experts believe that systemic failures to detect or manage CKD in women leave women at a higher risk of progression and complications?. This year?s World Kidney Day is closely focusing on CKD sufferers who are either pregnant or wishing to conceive. ?In women who have had a successful kidney transplant, fertility can be at least partly restored and chances of successful birth increase,? said Dr Giorgina Piccoli of Italy?s University of Torino and the Centre Hospitalier Le Mans, France. ?However, complications in these women remain more common than in the general population, and preconception medical counselling should always be sought,? added Piccoli. She stressed the ?clear need for higher awareness of CKD in pregnancy, to timely identify CKD in pregnancy, and to follow-up women with CKD during and after pregnancy?. Dr Piccoli also indicated pregnancy-related complications can increase the risk of kidney disease. ?Women face unique issues in relation to kidney disease and donation, and since this year?s World Kidney Day coincides with International Women?s Day, we decided now was the time to highlight these issues,? said Professor Levin.
  13. LONDON: A global movement to stop sexual harassment of women will spark change but not for everyone, with poorer women still scared to report abuse fearing blame and backlash, according to a street survey and women?s rights experts in five continents. Ahead of International Women?s Day on March 8, the Thomson Reuters Foundation asked people in Britain, the United States, Kenya, India, and Brazil whether the #MeToo movement dominating headlines was just a viral buzz or means change for women. Some people said they now felt more confident to speak out against abuse, but others were fearful of repercussions and some said the campaign had failed to gain traction in their country. The past year has been pivotal for women?s rights after accusations of sexual misconduct by Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein sparked the #MeToo campaign, with women taking to social media and the streets to highlight experiences of abuse. One in three women globally has experienced physical or sexual violence, mostly by someone they know, UN Women says. ?(The campaign has) made people realize that sexual harassment has been a social norm, and now people are recognizing that it?s not ok,? said Ruth McCabe, 32, who runs a London business that reduces food waste. ?A campaign like this brings out the fact that every second woman is experiencing it. Whether you are the CEO of the company or a maid,? said 42-year-old entrepreneur Suman Chhabria Addepalli in Mumbai. From film sets, parliaments to businesses, revelations of sexual abuse have sent shockwaves around the world. Even the aid sector was hit by reports that some staff at charity Oxfam paid for *** with prostitutes in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. A survey by the Thomson Reuters Foundation in February found more than 120 staff from about 20 leading global charities were fired or lost their jobs in 2017 over sexual misconduct. ?I think it?s a tipping point for long-term change for women. It?s time that our voices are heard,? said New York-based senior executive Fabiana Mello. Not taken seriously But not all women feel they are able to speak out against abuse, said Jemima Olchawski from the Fawcett Society, a women?s rights group in Britain. ?It?s always incumbent on us to watch out for the gaps ? who?s not part of this conversation? Whose voice isn?t being heard?? she said. In parts of Africa, Latin America, and Asia, the #MeToo campaign has struggled to gain momentum. Brazilian shopkeeper Talita Celia e Silva, 29, said many women remain too fearful to speak out against their abuser. ?We do not know how far (the movement) will go ... I think there are a lot of women who still suffer and are afraid to talk,? said Silva from Rio de Janeiro. Mumbai consultant Archana Aravind Patney, 43, believes conversations about #MeToo and sexual harassment have died down in India, where the fatal gang-rape of a woman on a bus in 2012 sparked protests and global attention to violence against women. ?I hardly see people talking about it. Maybe people think this was a short-term, celebrity kind of a campaign, but not something that can impact them,? Patney said. Nairobi student Faith, 22, said sexual harassment and the #MeToo movement is not taken seriously in Kenya and some men ?think it?s some sort of joke?. ?I think it?s a long-term thing in the West, but here in Kenya, it?s more of a social media buzz,? said Faith, who did not want to give her surname for privacy. Another Kenyan student Brian, 21, who did not want his surname used, said limited internet access meant that people in poorer rural communities would not be able to fully participate in the online movement. The global campaign has also failed to make a mark in Thailand as there is little discussion of women?s rights and sexual abuse, said Jadet Chaowilai, director of rights group Women and Men Progressive Movement Foundation. ?There is a very deep-rooted patriarchy, and women don?t feel comfortable talking about harassment or abuse - even with their families,? he said. There are few convictions for abuse and rape, despite more victims coming forward rising in recent years, he said. ?If they do try to register a complaint with the police, very often they will be blamed, their behaviour criticized: ?Why were you out late? What were you wearing? Why did you talk to that man??,? Chaowilai said. ?via Thomson Reuters Foundation
  14. To mark International Women's Day, meet 15 women who are breaking stereotypes by working in traditionally male-dominated jobs. Huda Salem, a 20-year-old member of the Iraqi national weightlifting team, lifts weights as she trains at a gym in Baghdad on February 22, 2018 Heather Marold Thomason, butcher and founder of Primal Supply Meats, poses for a picture in her company´s dry-aging room on March 2, 2018, in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania1 Carla Rozalen, 29 years old, helicopter pilot poses for a picture in front of a Bell 412 twin-engine utility helicopter at the FAASA Group, in Palma del Rio, Cordoba on February 27, 2018 Canal Locks operator Eyda Rios, 55, poses for pictures at the Panama Canal´s Pedro Miguel Locks, on the outskirts of Panama City on February 26, 2018 Nicol Gomez, 37, guardian at the La Esperanza prison poses for a portrait in front a group of prisoners practising yoga in San Salvador, on March 4, 2018 Pakistani first responder Samra Akram Zia poses for a photograph with her motorcycle ambulance service during a passing out ceremony in Lahore on February 24, 2018. Ana Cristina, 44, tram driver for 20 years, poses for a portrait inside a tram in Lisbon on February 28, 2018 Wendy Lawrence, 58, a retired US Navy captain and former NASA astronaut, is pictured on the Space Shuttle trainer that was used for astronaut´s training at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington on February 28, 2018 Spanish Legionnaire Rosa Galvez, 36, poses at the Spanish Legion military base "Alvarez de Sotomayor" in Viator, near Almeria, on March 2, 2018 Victoria Da-Poian, 22, a student at the French Superior Institute of Aeronautics and Space, poses during a photo session, on February 10 20181 Razia Banu, 20, a Pakistani female national boxing champion, poses for a picture before a practice session at a boxing club in Lyari, Karachi´s most restive -- and sporty -- neighbourhood, on February 20, 2018 This picture taken on February 23, 2018 shows Ran Namise, 24, a firefighter belonging to the command squad, posing in front of a fire engine at Kojimachi Fire Station in Tokyo2 Shana Power, 25, a mixed martial artist (MMA), poses for a picture in the gym which she co-owns called Power House Intensive Training (PHIT), in Johannesburg on February 28 Zahida, a Pakistani female police Assistance Sub-Inspector (ASI), poses for a photograph at a police academy in Peshawar on February 26, 2018 Zulfiye Bulut, a 45 year old horse race jockey, poses with her horse on March 7, 2018 in Bursa
  15. Devrim Ozdemir, one of the first women firefighters in Turkey, has inspired 50 other women to join the Izmir brigade. Photo: AFP In the ring, battling flames or lifting off into space, women have entered professions generally considered to be men's jobs. For International Women's Day on March 8, AFP Photo and AFPTV met some 20 women breaking down the barriers of gender bias in the world of work. Here are profiles of three women trailblazers around the globe: Firefighter in Turkey "In the beginning, my family told me: 'Stop, you won't succeed, this is a job for men'," says Devrim Ozdemir, who did not heed the advice. In 2008, she became one of the first women to put on a firefighter's uniform in Turkey. "Today, everyone supports me, they have confidence in me," says the 37-year-old. Assigned to a fire and rescue brigade in the western city of Izmir, she has started a trend. Now there are 51 women firefighters, though they are still a small portion of the 1,200-strong force. "Today I am a firefighter who stands beside people in their difficult times," she says, of her motivation. And sometimes the firefighting itself can be physically tough. "It has been difficult at times, for example on interventions that require physical strength. I also faced challenges in carrying all our equipment, but apart from that, I never had any trouble." Ozdemir encourages young women to persevere in the male-dominated profession and points out that there is pay equality. "For me it is important, we could have received less money for the same job, but no, we have the same salary." Her enthusiasm, determination and pride in her profession also inspires youngsters, like her six-year-old son -- instead of reading him bedtime stories she tells him about her work. "I'm a heroine to my son, it's an incredible feeling," she says, smiling, and adding proudly: "He, too, wants to become a firefighter." South African fighter Shana Power, 25, Mixed Martial Artist, spars with a male champion in the gym which she co-owns called Power House Intensive Training in Johannesburg. Photo: AFP As the first woman amateur champion in mixed martial arts (MMA) in South Africa, Shana Power defies the stereotypes about women in a combat sport with her ferocity in the ring. She was nicknamed "Titanium". Born in Johannesburg, the 25-year-old blonde was first attracted to MMA by such star fighters as American Holly Holm and wanted to do the same in her homeland. "When I was growing up I was very athletic, I've always been sporty. So I understood that the mind was as important as the body... if you can unlock the mind and build the mind then your body will be an unstoppable force." Power says she was supported by the people who trained her in MMA and now trains and inspires others herself. "In my profession I've actually been quite fortunate. I haven't faced many challenges, for example, being a woman in a male-dominated sport. I've actually had a lot of positives from it." Except perhaps for the money. "I don't think we get offered the same," admits the champion, now a MMA professional. But she adds that "in terms of the personal training and coaching, yes," it's the same as for men. US astronaut Wendy Lawrence, a retired US Navy captain and former NASA astronaut, stands next to the Space Shuttle trainer that was used for astronaut training, now at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. Photo: AFP "I was 10 years old when Apollo 11 landed on the moon and that was my 'aha' moment as I like to say. "I looked at Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walking on the moon and thought that's what I want to do when I grow up: 'I'm gonna be an astronaut and I am gonna fly in space'," says Wendy Lawrence, 58, a former NASA astronaut. A trained Navy helicopter pilot, she realised her dream becoming an astronaut with four flights onboard a NASA space shuttle between 1995 and 2005. She grew up in Jacksonville, Florida, not far from Cape Canaveral, the launch pad for the space shuttles. I think especially here in the United States, we like to say 'Well you throw like a girl or you run like a girl' and historically that's not been a very positive thing. "So I suspect that in the minds of some of my male colleagues, especially when I was going through flight school, they probably thought I was gonna fly like a girl," she recalls. That meant she had to "work harder to be perceived as better... I was willing to buckle down and be focused for a long period of time cause my mindset was: 'I'm gonna prove you're wrong'." Lawrence retired in 2006 and says her advice is to avoid preconceived ideas about what women can do. "So I'd say give women an opportunity to try. You might be surprised at what they bring to the table, what they're capable of."
  16. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/361cc6aba0e23ee13b7c07ca26e71ac4.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9My82LzIwMTggMjowNjozMyBQTSZoYXNoX3ZhbHVlPWFsaVF4SDVlM3dvNGNKbUo1c3VGNmc9PSZ2YWxpZG1pbnV0ZXM9NjAmaWQ9MQ== style=center] ISLAMABAD: The cybercrime wing of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Tuesday arrested from the capital a man for secretly filming and blackmailing them. According to senior FIA officials, Amjad is the owner of a local hotel in Vehari and is accused of filming women through secret hidden cameras in the hotel?s rooms. Inspection team formed after hidden camera found in Faisalabad clothing store Two employees have been arrested, while the owner and another employee remain at large The agency carried out a raid on the complaint of a woman, who said Amjad recorded her videos secretly and harassed and blackmailed her. He also warned the woman of dire consequences if she filed a complained with the authorities. During the raid, the FIA discovered hidden cameras in the rooms. FIA officials also said they are investigating whether the man is a part of a network. The Punjab government sprang into action early this year after a customer in Faisalabad found hidden camera in the store of a famous clothing chain. An inspection team was also formed after the discovery of a hidden camera inside the ladies changing room at a clothing store.
  17. Women have to face more psychological challenges than men world over, Head of Department of Psychiatry at Aga Khan University Ayesha Mian said on Tuesday. The psychiatrist who trained abroad for 16 years before moving back to Pakistan five years ago recalled that her mentor in the United States warned her that she?ll have to work three times harder at any job she does. ?One of the reasons he gave for that was that I was a woman,? she said while speaking to Geo News. ?But he asserted that I should never let the challenges hold me back and keep me from excelling,? she said, advising other women to do the same. Mian stated that women across the world have to face challenges but because Pakistani society is still struggling to accept women, the challenges posed to Pakistani women are different. Data on Pakistan shows, more women suffer from anxiety and depression than men. ?Interestingly, more married women in Pakistan suffer from anxiety and depression as compared to single women,? Mian said, adding that abroad the numbers of single women battling anxiety and depression are higher as compared to married women. Regarding the upbringing of young girls, Mian stressed that parents should maintain an equal relationship with their sons and daughters. ?From an early age, you should divide household tasks between your children equally,? she said. ?If your daughter sets the table one day, then your son should the next day,? Mian advised. ?There should not be a different set of rules for girls,? she further said. On teaching young girls to protect themselves, Mian said, ?We stress a lot on how girls should safeguard themselves, but I always tell mothers they should spend more time on teaching their sons how to respect women, irrespective of where they are or what they are wearing.?
  18. Hundreds of women are set to take to the streets of Pakistan to speak against economic, reproductive and environmental injustice. The Aurat March, a rally for a call for collective action, is scheduled to commence from Frere Hall, Karachi at 4:00pm and from Hamdard Hall, Lyton Road in Lahore at 3:00pm on International Women?s Day (March 8). ?The Aurat March isn?t organised by a single group or organisation, and is being organised and led by a collective of women from diverse classes, professions, ethnicities and different sections of society,? the invite read. Referring to themselves as ?Hum Aurtein?, the invite clarified, ?The march is not funded by any political party, government organisation, NGO or group and is an event funded by small contributions of individuals.? Men are also welcome to attend the march but only if they are accompanied by women. The demands identified are: an end to violence; workers? rights; reproductive rights; and environmental justice and access to clean water, clean air and enjoyment of public lands. The march has been inspired and fueled by the momentum of women movements and struggles worldwide. "We wish to organise a march that will highlight a diverse range of issues to express solidarity with all women about the connected nature of our struggles from #MeToo to the Women?s March in various countries," a press release statedd. From sexual harassment cases erupting in our cities; to voices of outrage speaking against child abuse, we see this march as a series of responses from women who are tired of the injustices we are subjected to, it added. Elaborating on their aim, the press release further said, "We envision a world in which women from all groups, ethnicities, religious communities, economic backgrounds, working class women; displaced and refugee women; differently abled women; transgender women and persons belonging to other gender identities; are free to exercise autonomy over their lives, and to build just and peaceful communities." Several, including celebrities, have also taken to social media to support the march.
  19. audi women watch the first Riyadh International Marathon, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia-Reuters RIYADH: Saudi Arabia hosted its first marathon for women at the weekend, local media said, as the conservative kingdom seeks to boost female sports in a far-reaching modernisation drive. Hundreds of women runners, many of them dressed in traditional Islamic attire, raced in eastern Al-Ahsa region on Saturday. "The aim of the marathon is to promote running and introduce the concept of sports for all, for a healthier way of life," Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya News quoted the marathon´s supervisor, Malek al-Mousa, as saying. The event came after Riyadh hosted its first international half-marathon in late February, which prompted complaints from some Saudis on social media about the notable absence of women. Sports authorities are set to organise another marathon for women in the holy city of Mecca on April 6, pro-government Okaz newspaper reported. Long known for its ultra-conservative mores, the kingdom has embarked on a wide-ranging programme of social reforms that includes allowing women to drive from June. The kingdom´s General Entertainment Authority last month said it will stage more than 5,000 festivals and concerts in 2018, double the number of last year, and pump $64 billion in the sector over the coming decade. But some Saudis have complained on social media of what they called wasteful spending as the kingdom reels from slumping oil revenues, high inflation and unemployment.
  20. (L-R) Laurie Metcalf, Greta Gerwig, and Saoirse Ronan pose backstage at the 75th Golden Globe Awards Photo Room in Beverly Hills, California, US, January 7, 2018. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/Files LOS ANGELES: Women are hoping for some long overdue love at the Academy Awards on Sunday, where the biggest prize in the movie industry is wide open after an awards season dominated by Hollywood?s sexual misconduct scandal. Romantic fantasy The Shape of Water ? Fox Searchlight?s tale of a mute cleaning woman who falls in love with a river creature ? goes into Sunday?s ceremony with a leading 13 nominations, including best picture, director, and actress. But awards pundits say the coveted best picture Oscar is a four-way race with Fox Searchlight dark comedy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Universal Pictures racial satire Get Out, and Warner Bros. British World War Two drama Dunkirk also in the running. ?The star of this year?s Oscars is female empowerment. A film with a female perspective has not won best picture since Million Dollar Baby in 2005,? said Tom O?Neil, founder of awards website GoldDerby.com. ?This year, four of the nine nominated movies have a female perspective. That?s remarkable,? he said. With accusations of sexual impropriety against filmmakers, actors, and directors emerging every week since October 2017, the Time?s Up women?s resistance movement has been as hot a topic in Hollywood as the suspense over who will take home the industry?s highest honours. The sexual misconduct scandal follows years of efforts by women to close the gender pay gap in Hollywood and get the behind the camera jobs that determine what films are produced. Greta Gerwig ? director of best picture contender Lady Bird about a volatile mother-daughter relationship ? is vying to become only the second woman to win the best director in the 90-year history of the Oscars. Three Billboards ? starring best actress front-runner Frances McDormand ? is seen as channelling the rage of the #MeToo movement and already has won Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Screen Actors Guild awards. ?It?s the story of a woman raging against male injustice for refusing to find the killer and the rapist of her daughter. This is the theme of what?s happening throughout Hollywood,? said O?Neil. Dave Karger ? special correspondent for entertainment website IMDB.com ? said that while Shape of Water has the most overall appeal to Academy of Motion Picture voters, Jordan Peele?s bold Get Out, a look at modern race relations through the prism of a horror movie, ?is emerging as the underdog of choice?. Peele, making his directorial debut, would be the first black man to win the best director Oscar. ?Last year, the movie with far and away more nominations than any other ended up losing best picture to a movie that spoke more to the times,? Karger said, recalling the 2017 win of black drama Moonlight over presumed front-runner La La Land. British betting firm Ladbrokes says the odds are tightest between Shape of Water and Three Billboards. ?It?s really interesting that we have still got a fight and a race on our hands and it?s not a foregone conclusion,? said Ladbrokes spokeswoman Jessica Bridge. No such suspense surrounds the main acting races, where McDormand is heavily favoured to win for Three Billboards and British actor Gary Oldman?s role as wartime leader Winston Churchill is expected to bring his first Oscar.
  21. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani/File photo ZURICH: FIFA President Gianni Infantino said on Friday he had been told by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani that there are plans to allow women to attend football matches in the country soon. Infantino said he met Rouhani during a visit to Tehran on Thursday where he also attended a derby between Esteghlal and Persepolis, one of the top fixtures in the Iranian season. "I was promised that women in Iran will have access to football stadiums soon," he said during an event at FIFA headquarters in Zurich. "He told me that in countries such as (Iran), these things take a bit of time." The Iranian group OpenStadiums, which is campaigning for the right of women to attend sports fixtures in the Islamic Republic, said that some women were arrested near Azadi stadium on Thursday during the Esteghlal-Persepolis match. "When Mr. Infantino was enjoying a football match in men-only stadium, Iranian female football fans were under arrest," the group said on Twitter. The semi-official Iranian students news agency ISNA quoted Interior Ministry spokesman Salman Samani as saying the female fans were not arrested but rather transferred to a "proper place" by police. Infantino said he was aware of criticism of his visit but felt it was better to engage in dialogue with Iranian leaders. "I heard there were some incidents where some women were detained because they wanted to attend a football match and there was some criticism, obviously and rightly," he said. "There are two ways to deal with this matter - either we criticise, we sanction, we condemn, we don´t speak and we cut relations. Or we go there and have a discussion and try to convince the leaders of the country that they should give (women) access to stadiums. I went for the second option." There was no immediate Iranian comment on Infantino´s remarks. Rouhani´s office denied reports on Thursday that the ban on women attending matches had already been lifted. OpenStadiums said a similar promise over female access had been made in 2013 to Infantino´s predecessor Sepp Blatter. Rouhani, a pragmatist, has repeatedly criticised the ban but has been unable to get it removed because of resistance from powerful hardliners in the clerical and security establishment. The country has long barred women from attending male soccer matches, based at least partly on the theory that women should not hear male fans swear and curse. Iranian women are allowed to attend female football matches.
  22. Every other day we see a brand coming up with different and 'unique' strategies to ensure they too become a part of the prevailing 'gender equality' or women empowerment bandwagon. While we are all for women getting their equal rights and ensuring that there is no discrimination on the basis of gender, there are times when these brands go a little too far. And Johnnie Walker might just be an addition to that list. At least that's what the internet says. © Facebook/Johnnie Walker So, in order to attract women customers to drink scotch, Diageo, the world's largest spirits company, who gave us the iconic Johnnie Walker, is coming out with a limited edition Black Label Scotch- Jane Walker. Introducing Jane Walker, our new icon that celebrates progress in Women's Rights. With every step, we all move forward. pic.twitter.com/1YP32odgJk — Johnnie Walker (@JohnnieWalkerUS) February 26, 2018 What's the difference you ask? Well, it isn't known if there'll be any difference in the contents and the taste, all we know is that the 'Jane Walker' bottle will feature a woman wearing a hat and the same clothes as that of their century year old logo that has a man. Here's the difference: Johnnie Walker's transformative 'Jane Walker' campaign will support gender equality: https://t.co/TSDsVW5HQV pic.twitter.com/PevvwBv2q7 — Adweek (@Adweek) February 26, 2018 These bottles will hit the US markets (for now) in March in order to coincide with both Women's History Month and International Women's Day. The main purpose, though, is to attract women but thankfully, all this will lead to a noble cause. The brand will donate $1 of every bottle sold $34 bottle sold to organisations that support women causes. Johnnie Walker is rolling out a female version of its iconic Scotch logo. Welcome Jane Walker. pic.twitter.com/F8BTkTv5hE — The Trend Setter ðºð¬ð°ðª (@Ugaman01) February 27, 2018 While all of this is great, there's one thing that didn't go down too well with Twitter users. VP Stephanie Jacoby said in an interview, "Scotch as a category is seen as particularly intimidating by women. It's a really exciting opportunity to invite women into the brand." Umm...okay. She should have thought twice before saying this because honestly, this was just a controversy waiting to happen. So of course, as soon as this reached the careful eyes and ears of Twitter users, came in the plethora of tweets stating why this is not what gender equality and women empowerment entails. 1. Oh well… Lady scotch. Johnnie Walker has invented scotch for the ladies. We have been intimidated by scotch, you see, and need a lady picture to reassure us that it's a drink for lil' girls. I don't buy brands that patronize me. Raspberry to you, lady scotch! pic.twitter.com/zlKldqvnCw — Movies Silently (@MoviesSilently) February 27, 2018 2. Even the haters are offended i personally hate scotch but it's not because my lady throat can't handle it ð — babou the ocelot (@rococo_puffs) February 27, 2018 3. The gif says it all Seriously, Diageo? "Jane Walker," a Scotch for women? FFS, pic.twitter.com/Lys88Qlk0H — josh rubin (@starbeer) February 26, 2018 4. Everyone rn From Johnnie Walker to Jane Walker. I don't know what to think. Is this #offensive ? I think l'll stick to my Johnnie!ð¥ #Diageo #JohnnieWalker #JaneWalker #whisky #rebranding #bold #move #marketing #liquor #news #marketing #scotch #singlemalt #wsj #women https://t.co/Ni8P0MTXVI pic.twitter.com/NaLS4Wduv2 — Gabriella Bousaid (@gabriellabousai) February 27, 2018 5. Is that what happened? Diageo marketing team- Ok we need to let women know it's ok to be intimidated but they are cordially invited to drink and spend lots of money on our whisky... Marketer 1: I've got it! Let's change Johnnie to Jane and put a lady on the bottle! Rest of team: Yasss ðð» #JaneWalker pic.twitter.com/0PuVn6zQSY — Julia⨠(@juliajmack) February 27, 2018 6. Couldn't have said it better. I don't often feel compelled to comment on other whisky brands' marketing activity, but, #JaneWalker?! I'm no feminist but I do not need a woman on a bottle to tell me it's ok to drink it! Summed up in this brilliant article: https://t.co/EdpVMKlUGR pic.twitter.com/fXfHJonIK2 — Jennifer Masson (@jenmnicol) February 27, 2018 7. Pretty much IMHO women are quite comfortable drinking any of the above two and Johnny walker, so this idea of Jane Walker seems to be superfluous and counter productive. — Toy Vader (@toy_vader) February 27, 2018 8. Might even get fired after this. How much money do you think they paid a marketing consultant for this? https://t.co/dAgQravYSI — Logic Expert (@lukeoneil47) February 26, 2018 9. NOPE This... this is a joke, right? — Courtney (@emeraldphoenix) February 26, 2018 10. There's a new poem in town Jane Jane, Yes Papa, Drinking whiskey? No Papa, Open your mouth, Haaaaaaaaa *Papa faints* Jane walker — name_can_not_be_blank (@newshungree) February 27, 2018 The efforts put in by the brand to contribute to women causes is obviously appreciated by one and all but the VP's statement might just put off their potential customers.
  23. BAGHDAD: An Iraqi court has sentenced 16 Turkish women to death by hanging for joining Daesh, a judiciary spokesman said on Sunday. Iraq is conducting the trials of hundreds of foreign women who have been detained, with hundreds of their children, since August by Iraqi forces as Daesh strongholds crumbled. The central criminal court issued the sentences ?after it was proven they belong to the Daesh terrorist group and after they confessed to marrying Daesh elements or providing members of the group with logistical aid or helping them carry out terrorist attacks,? said Judge Abdul-Sattar al-Birqdar. All the verdicts are subject to appeal, he told Reuters. Thousands of foreigners have fought on behalf of Daesh in Iraq and Syria since at least 2014. Many foreign women came - or were brought - from overseas to join the militants. More than 1,300 women and children surrendered to Kurdish Peshmerga in August, after government forces expelled the jihadist group from the northern Iraqi city of Tal Afar. Their numbers have since swelled to about 1,700 as more foreign nationals surrendered or were captured during operations to root out the militants, according to aid officials. Another Turkish woman was sentenced to death last week and 10 others of various nationalities to life in prison, all for alleged Daesh membership. A German woman was sentenced to death last month for belonging to the group and a Russian fighter was also sentenced to death in Iraq last year for joining the hardline group. Iraq has handed over to Russia four women and 27 children suspected of having ties to the group, the foreign ministry said on Thursday, adding that they were ?tricked? into joining the militants. Iraq declared victory in December over Daesh, which had seized control of nearly a third of the country in 2014. The group has been driven out of all population centers it once controlled on both sides of the Iraqi-Syrian border, but members have continued to carry out bombings and other attacks in Iraq.
  24. Are you always too conscious of pulling down your boxers in front of her because you think your big balls may scare her away? Do you have big balls? Do women like or care for big balls? Is it normal to have big balls? These are very frequent questions Google answers for most men on a daily basis. We thought, we can help you out a little and give you a little perspective if you do suffer from the 'big ball syndrome'. © Thinsktock Women don't really care for gigantic balls. They just need you to be the 'nice guy'. Because let's face it, big balls is not as troublesome an ordeal as big boobs are for some women (not for men of course) but men do take some time to research 'what's it like to have big balls' online. So before you drop the ball and assume big balls are a bane, we'd like to clear some misconceptions for you. All bodies come in different shapes and sizes and your balls are a consequence of how you're built as a man (that's why the compelling comparison of your balls to your manhood!). The average testicle size is 1 inch wide and 2-3 inches long and anything beyond this size is certainly not abnormal but they definitely have qualities, average sized balls may not have. So if you're a human male with big testes, these are some pros and cons you should know about! Pros · The bigger the balls, the more sperm you have! This isn't a myth but just common sense. Your ball sack will carry more sperms than an average ball sack. So if you're looking to settle down and your paternal instincts kick in more often, it's easy to impregnate your lady love with your sperm count! · Big balled men happen to have a heightened *** drive! · Your self confidence hits the roof often. Admit it, your boys are too big to handle and you don't mind using the phrase 'my balls are big enough to handle this sh**' often enough. © Thinsktock Cons · You're more likely to cheat if you have larger than life balls due to the extra testosterones your balls carry! Now you might think this point belongs in the 'pros' section because getting laid is awesome right? Well, your partner might disagree. · High blood pressure is an issue with big testicles according to a study carried out by the University of Florence. · Another study carried out by the same University reveals that men with big balls are more likely to become alcoholics or go above their alcohol limit often. We're not entirely sure if this is absolutely accurate but if you happen to have a drink in your hand and a really big bulge in your pants while reading this, then we suggest make better life choices? © Thinsktock Having big testicles really isn't a big deal is all we're saying. Some men worry about what women may think about big testicles when they see them. So we took the liberty and asked five women to tell us what they think of the big fat twins! "I honestly don't care about the size of balls my partner has. I've never even noticed" - Alisha, 29 You said it Alisha! Who cares, right? "Big balls are just for posterity sake, It's all about the ***** actually" - Anonymos, 27 uhh, what? "I feel the bigger the balls, the more gross, hairy and smelly they are! or I've just been with guys who don't shower often'' - Aanchal, 30 (name changed) We think it's the latter Aanchal! © Thinsktock "I like big balls. When he's inside me, I can feel them 'working it' as well, if you know what I mean" - Nikita, 39 No, we really don't know what you mean Nikita and we're not going to ask you to elaborate! "It's not like we're talking about ***** size, so it doesn't really matter! Who cares about size anyway?" Anonymous, 29 You do anonymous! You just said so! When it comes to size, it's really different and subjective to everyone but if you do have abnormally big balls, there is nothing to fret or be ashamed about. They're just your nutty buddies, making life a lot more exciting and meaningful for you at the end of the day!
  25. Demonstrators hold placards during a candlelight vigil, December 29, 2013. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee/Files PARIS: More than one in ten French women have been raped at least once, according to a study on sexual violence published Friday as the global abuse scandal widens. Twelve percent of the 2,167 women polled by the Fondation Jean Jaures think tank said they had suffered "sexual penetration with violence, constraint or surprise", the legal definition of rape in France. Five percent said it had happened more than once. Of these, 31 percent said they were raped by their partner, 19 percent by someone else they know and only 17 percent by a stranger. Half of the victims were children or teens at the time of the attack, which took place at home in 42 percent of cases. Only 15 percent had filed an official complaint but many remained traumatised by the incident, as evidenced by the fact that a fifth of them had attempted suicide ? four times the general rate among French women. The online poll was carried out by Ifop between February 6 and 16 and questioned women aged 18 and over. The Fondation Jean Jaures said some of the respondents may have been encouraged to break their silence by the tide of accounts of sexual violence shared on social media in the wake of the sexual assault scandal sparked by revelations about Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. Last month, France?s interior ministry said the reporting of sexual assault and rape had risen 31.5 percent in the last quarter of 2017 compared with the same period in 2016. "One can see the effect of reporting of possibly older incidents in the context of women speaking out following the revelations of the ?Weinstein? affair," it said.