2017 was an exciting year for many reasons. While a lot of bad persisted in the world, from mass shootings to forced killings, a lot of good also rooted from many corners. A lot of people came forward to speak for their fundamental rights, many women ran a crusade against gender discrimination, new reforms came into action, rescue operation etc.
But since it is very hard to remember all the good things amidst the bad, we have curated a list of all the great things that kept our spirit alive.
- Over 80 people formed a human chain to rescue a family drowning in the seas, in Florida.
- People in Mumbai form human chains, offered shelter, food and help during the life-threatening rains.
- India becomes the ninth country in the world to have legal rights for transgenders.
- First community toilet for transgenders built in Bhopal.
- Canada passes a bill that stops airlines from removing passengers from overbooked flights.
- Zimbabwe puts a ban on beating of children.
Zimbabwe is the latest country to ban corporal punishment against children. Who would’ve thought Zimbabwe would be modern on human rights?
— Seth Reeves 🌹🇺🇸 (@LordPuppydudley) March 13, 2017
- An Indian couple adopts a puppy so that people won’t ask them to have a baby.
- A mass-rebuke from students at IIT Madras over the proposed beef ban.
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) May 30, 2017
9. Woman starts a debate on the harassment happening at High Spirits in Pune and is joined by thousands of women across the country.
10. An acid attack survivor accidentally meets the love of her life.
- The world’s first sanitary napkin ad shows red blood instead of blue.
- Varnika Kundu stands up to her VIP stalkers.
- We are now very close to eradicating polio from the planet, only eight cases reported so far
- Arunabh Kumar quits The Viral Fever over several sexual harassment allegations.
- Mithali Raj shuts down a journalist who asked ‘who her favourite male cricketer was?’. She asked the journalist if she asked the same question to male cricketers.
Another test, another speed record. pic.twitter.com/ZCVg6Tq1Ok
— Hyperloop One (@HyperloopOne) December 20, 2017
- NASA releases all its research to public for free.
- Good Samaritans come to the rescue of those in need during floods in Bengaluru.
- A bunch of people crowdfund a road to avoid Metro construction on a green belt.
- India rules in favour of net-neutrality.
- Kerala comes up with a policy stating Internet is a basic right.
Kerala to make internet access a basic human right
— RAM KUMAR GUPTA (@rkg2222) March 19, 2017
- Kerala government urges schools to have sanitary napkins vending machines across the state.
- First trade-union for IT sector employees.
- Despite the US backing out, the world comes together to salvage the Paris climate accord.
“…that our country, but not other countries…” does this man realize that currently the U.S. is the only country in the world that didn’t sign the Paris Climate Accord? https://t.co/Mwk4kRqIVZ
— dylan swank (@dswank620) December 29, 2017
- For the first time in history, India’s solar power at par with coal /hydro-power.
- The Indian Air Force gets its first batch of women fighter pilots.
- Nirmala Sitharaman becomes India’s first female defence minister.
— Nirmala Sitharaman (@nsitharaman) December 27, 2017
- An all-women crew of Indian Navy officers begins a worldwide expedition.
- Haryana and Rajasthan show an increase in female population.
- World’s first successful head-transplant.
Clinical tests like head transplants will never be allowed in China, said Huang Jiefu, chairman of the country’s National Organ Donation and Transplantation Committee https://t.co/Z5xx8LdId1 pic.twitter.com/DoooWXLHCv
— People’s Daily,China (@PDChina) November 25, 2017
- India’s tiger population increases.
- Faye D’Souza shuts down a Maulana on national TV who asked her to come to work in her underwear.
And so it begins! The blame game for who put our friends, family and colleagues at risk! pic.twitter.com/0Ueo6rWy5y
— Faye DSouza (@fayedsouza) December 29, 2017
- Southwest Airlines runs a flight to help puppies stuck in Hurricane Harvey.
- Women in Saudi Arabia get the right to drive.
“Saudi Arabia in 2017 laid the groundwork for momentous change next year, defying its conservative reputation for slow, cautious reforms by announcing plans to let women drive, allow movie theaters to return and to issue tourist visas” https://t.co/ngq0PpPIjw
— Michelle Cioffoletti (@michellecioff) December 29, 2017
- Gurdwaras offer shelter and food during Manchester shootings.
36. World’s first zero-waste shop opened in UK.
Have you visited the wonderful vegan #zerowaste shop @hetu_uk yet? You can find our food waste-fighting fruit jerky in bulk there, next to yummy juice pulp crackers by nibs etc. Sweet, zero-waste dreams are made of this😜 #foodwaste #wastenot 📷 by @hetu_uk pic.twitter.com/grbSRUBm1C
— Snact (@SnactNow) December 19, 2017
- France bans underweight models.
So glad that France banned underweight models to fight eating disorders. Its steps like these that will enable a girl to live her life the way she wants and the way she is.
— Amy || 1DZEALOUS 🙂 (@1D_NiallerTommo) October 29, 2017
- India launches 104 satellites from a single rocket.