Fujn’s News of the Week #07 starts with:
’30 by 30′ Initiative by Madison Police Department, calls for 30% of police recruits to be women by the year 2030
The police in the U.S. faces a criticism for using excessive force and discriminating against people of color. Therefore, the Madison police department has signed a ’30×30′ pledge, to recruit 30% of women in police by 2030. The pledge aims to diversify their staffs and improve public safety, community outcomes and trust in law enforcement. The female officers are better communicators and skilled at de-escalating situations, and therefore will serve the purpose.
The interest in 30×30 initiative surged in police departments after the death of George Floyd and the protests that followed. The advocates believe that police departments should be reflective of the communities they serve. However the critics argue efforts to hire women and people of color can’t eliminate long-standing bias and racism in policing.
Paige Valenta, Madison’s Assistant Police Chief, says the challenging atmosphere has made recruiting difficult throughout the country.
Camp in Portland gives young women, a possible career option as Firefighter
Portland Metro Fire Camp provides the opportunity for girls and young women, ages 16-22, to get hands-on experience and explore possible careers in fire service. The Portland Fire & Rescue and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, hosted a three-day camp, is staffed by 30 professional female firefighters. In the camp, they taught women about rope skills, controlling nozzles, emergency medical skills and more. Moreover, it guided women in a supportive and encouraging environment to instil confidence and build teamwork skills.
Read the full article here https://www.opb.org/article/2022/07/17/oregon-camp-younMog-women-career-firefighter/
Taliban Officials sacking women serving in Afghan ministry of finance, and replacing them with their male relatives
The Taliban officials have asked women working at Afghanistan’s finance ministry to send a male relative to do their job. As we are aware, Taliban captured Afghanistan in August 2021. Following the invasion, they asked women in government positions not to continue with their jobs. Moreover, these women were paid extremely low salaries to do nothing.
Noteworthy, Taliban officials are now requesting the women to recommend male relatives in their place, because the workload in the office has increased and they need a man to handle that.
Sima Bahous, executive director of UN Women, said in May: “Current restrictions on women’s employment have been estimated to result in an immediate economic loss of up to $1bn – or up to 5% of Afghanistan’s GDP.
To read more, click the link here https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2022/jul/18/send-us-a-man-to-do-your-job-so-we-can-sack-you-taliban-tell-female-officials
Conscience VC raises oversubscribed fund for consumer companies rooted in science
Conscience Venture Capital Firm, launched in 2020 by Ariana Thacker, invest in companies that sit at the intersection of consumer and deep tech. Recently, the firm announced the close of its debut $10 million fund after an oversubscribed fundraise that raked in double the firm’s initial target. In view of this, Conscience plans to cut checks up to $250,000 and will largely operate at the pre-seed stage. However, it is open to pre-Series A, as well.
To know more, read the article here https://techcrunch.com/2022/07/12/conscience-vc-raises-oversubscribed-fund-for-consumer-companies-rooted-in-science/amp/
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