Another week, another Women Entrepreneur India weekly recap. This issue includes news about the Prestigious Canadian Scholarship, the Khelo India University Games, a report from the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority, and many other discussions. Continue reading to learn about some of the most significant advancements in the field of women's empowerment from this week.

Prestigious Canadian Scholarship Awarded to 17-year-old Indian Girl

A 17-year-old Indian girl from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has won a 77,000 USD  (INR 58,92,294) scholarship from Huron University in Canada.

Radha Hari, a grade 12 student at the Indian High School in Oud Metha, was awarded a scholarship in Canada in honour of her leadership and youth empowerment activities in the UAE.

Radha is the only student from the Arab region to receive the scholarship this year.

Radha said, “By getting the presidential scholarship, I’ve been able to take a huge weight off my parents’ shoulders, and it has also opened a lot of doors for my personal and career development.”

Osmania University Women Win Tennis Title at Khelo India University Games

Women’s tennis team from Osmania University (OU) beat the team from University of Rajasthan (UOR) 2-0 in the final of the Khelo India University Games. The final match was held at the Jain University Sports School in Bengaluru on Sunday.

In first singles, Sama Satwika of Osmania University won over Saachi Sharma from the University of Rajasthan 6-2, 6-2 to put her side in the lead.

Later, Srivalli Rashmika who is also the team captain won over Rinee Singh 6-0, 6-0 to emerge as champions.

This is the second Khelo India title win for Osmania University. Last year the OU team defeated Gujarat University, Ahmedabad in the final to grab the title.

Women Spend 21% More on Transportation for Safety Reasons, Report

According to a study conducted by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), women commuters spend 21% more on transportation than men because they have to perform multiple tasks, including prioritising personal safety while travelling.

The MMRDA announced findings from the Gender Inclusive Future Transport (GIFT) project, a UK government-funded initiative in conjunction with the World Resources Institute India (WRI India) that looked into the variations in men's and women's travel demands.

According to MMRDA, public transportation operations and planning are becoming increasingly data-driven and automated around the world. However, there is a rising awareness that data that is "gender blind" may accidentally exclude women and other groups.

Israeli Embassy Works with IIT Delhi and Mentors 26 Female Entrepreneurs

The Israeli Embassy in India teamed up with IIT Delhi and the WEE Foundation to create a six-week mentorship programme for women entrepreneurs to commemorate the two countries' 30 years of diplomatic relations, the embassy announced on Monday.

WEE Foundation's 26 women entrepreneurs were chosen and coached on a variety of issues. Validating concepts, forming a team, fundraising, building, and distributing the product were among them. Nava Swersky, a well-known VC and mentor from Israel, guided the entrepreneurs.

The Women's Entrepreneurship Conclave and Awards, held at IIT Delhi in the presence of Israel's ambassador to India, Naor Gilon, brought the programme to a close. AEP Excellence Awards were given to participants in categories such as Champions of Diversity & Inclusion and Women of Wonder.

Harshada Becomes India's 1st Weightlifter to Win Gold Medal at IWF

Harshada Sharad Garud made history as India's first gold medalist in weightlifting at the IWF Junior World Championships in Heraklion, Greece.

Harshada, 18, won the gold medal in the women's 45kg category with a total effort of 153kg (70kg+83kg), opening India's account on the first day of competition.

Harshada took first place in the snatch with a 70kg effort and second place in the clean and jerk with an 85kg effort, finishing behind Turkey's Bektas Cansu (85kg), who won silver with a combined effort of 150kg (65kg+85kg).

Harshada said, "I am so happy, I can't comprehend what's happening, I am struggling to express my happiness right now. It will take some time to sink in.”

The teen, who won the under-17 girls' title at the 2020 Khelo India Youth Games, began weightlifting at the age of 12 on the guidance of her father, Sharad Garud, who was a state-level weightlifter.

Manika Batra, an Indian Paddler, achieves a Career-High Position in the TT World Rankings

In the latest ITTF Table Tennis World Rankings, issued on Tuesday, Indian paddler Manika Batra gained 10 places to a career-high ranking of 38 in women's singles.

Last week, the Olympian was ranked 48th in women's singles. Batra broke into the top 50 earlier this year, rising to 46th place in March, her previous career high, before falling to 48th place.

Batra, who is 26 years old, is India's top-ranked women's singles table tennis player, followed by Archana Kamath, who is rated 66th and has gone up 26 places this week. The two Indian table tennis players in the top 100 are Sreeja Akula (68th) and Reeth Tennison (97th).

Sutirtha Mukherjee, a Tokyo Olympian, lost 22 places to 119th place. Ayhika Mukherjee has also dropped six places to 121st.

Plix Introduces Products for Female Intimate Health Care

Plix just released a brand-new product for female intimate health, PCOD, and vaginal care. The launch of the new range represents Plix's foray into the feminine intimate health area, following a positive reaction to its clean nutrition and wellness products.

According to estimates, over 23% of Indian women experience menstrual problems, and almost 6% of women experience sexually transmitted and other urinary tract infections each year.

Apart from this, PCOD, also known as PCOS, has been a serious source of concern for Indian women, with prevalence rates ranging from 3.8 percent (under 19 years old) to 16.81 percent (20-29 years old) and 11.58 percent (30-39 years of age). The lack of information and availability to sustainable, natural, and effective alternatives that can bring relief to women suffering from PCOD is the leading cause of PCOD and other similar issues.

WITT 2022 is Paving an Inclusive Path for Women in Tourism

The Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) chanted the mantra of involving and empowering women to become proactive, self-reliant, and commanding in every aspect of their lives in its second edition of Women In TAAI and Tourism. In her welcome address, Bettiah Lokesh, Secretary-General of TAAI, outlined a three-step strategy to assist women empowerment in tourism: support women in business, encourage their involvement, and develop correct evidence-based gender policies.

Jyoti Mayal, TAAI's second female president in the organization's 75-year history, highlighted the lack of female executives in the tourist and hospitality industries.

According to a report by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), females account for only 12.1 percent of tourism industry employment and earn 14.7 percent less than their male counterparts. She emphasised the importance of male and female coexistence and interdependence in order to actively collaborate and provide a level playing field for both sexes.