What is this Student Strike and why is it happening in Hong Kong?
On 31st August 2014, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPCSC) made a decision on issues regarding the methods of election of the Chief Executive of HKSAR as well as the members of the Legislative Council of HKSAR in the years 2017 and 2016 respectively. The nomination of the Chief Executive, which holds the highest authority in Hong Kong, will be made by the Election Committee of the 2012 Chief Executive Election, but not the general public. This means that our choices for the Chief Executive is filtered by the Chinese government, and this violates the one country, two systems agreement that we have with China.
The students in Hong Kong are striking at peace, with non-violent behaviours, yet the police are adamant in removing them from PUBLIC grounds by force, arresting our fellow classmates and using violence.
I understand that most of you may not live in Hong Kong, but the situation here is grave. We do not want a repeat of the Tiananmen Massacre and we are urging the government to release the arrested students.
Those who are not participating in the strike has currently been cut off from live feed from our major TV station and we are scared that this means the police will be stepping up their forces in removing students from the strike.
Please support Hong Kong by signing our petition: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/support-hong-kong-democracy-and-prevent-second-tiananmen-massacre-hong-kong/dfdCpQZz
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This week, India became the first Asian nation to reach Mars when its orbiter entered the planet’s orbit on Wednesday — and this is the picture that was seen around the world to mark this historic event. It shows a group of female scientists at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) congratulating one another on the mission’s success.
The picture was widely shared on Twitter where Egyptian journalist and women’s rights activist Mona El-Tahawy tweeted: “Love this pic so much. When was the last time u saw women scientists celebrate space mission?”
In most mission room photos of historic space events or in films about space, women are rarely seen, making this photo both compelling and unique. Of course, ISRO, like many technical agencies, has far to go in terms of achieving gender balance in their workforce. As Rhitu Chatterjee of PRI’s The World observed in an op-ed, only 10 percent of ISRO’s engineers are female.
This fact, however, Chatterjee writes, is “why this new photograph of ISRO’s women scientists is invaluable. It shatters stereotypes about space research and Indian women. It forces society to acknowledge and appreciate the accomplishments of female scientists. And for little girls and young women seeing the picture, I hope it will broaden their horizons, giving them more options for what they can pursue and achieve.”
To read Chatterjee’s op-ed on The World, visit http://bit.ly/1u3fvGZ
Photo credit: Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images