‘International Women’s Day’ celebrated across Nagaland

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 3/9/2020 9:54:54 AM IST

International Women’s Day (IWD), under the theme “Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Right” was observed across the state on 

March 8. 

ACID Dimapur: Assisi Centre for Integrated Development-cum-National Domestic Workers’ Movement-Nagaland Region celebrated with the theme, “Each for Equal” on March 9 at Assisi auditorium, Dimapur.

Chief guest L. Leivang, general manager/OIC of NABARD, Dimapur Nagaland, spoke on the theme explaining that home without woman was not a home. Leivang stated that, the tribal society which is male dominated tries to struggle to give equal rights to women in many of the fields. He said through attitudinal changes “we” would all become agents of change to break the barriers of cultural, economic, political, and social indifferences. Guest of honour, Munthin Newmai, the councillor of Naga Council and proprietor of HMC School appreciated the women for taking a lead in decision making mainly in the families. Sr. Pramila, director of Assisi Centre for Integrated Development (ACID) exhorted that women were marching, campaigning, making change and moving forward, whereby she called for joining hands together to make this world a better place to live and work for equal rights. Different cultural items were presented by NCLP, CRM, NDWM, SHG and tailoring students. Programme was chaired by Kunlung B Phom, prayer offered by Ashila Sangtam and Hoyili Chishi gave benediction. Bendangmoa gave the vote of thanks. 350 participants witnessed the programme. (Staff Reporter)

Mokokchung: Watsu Mungdang in collaboration with Mokokchung Legal Services Authorithy (MDLSA), Sakhi One Stop Centre Mokokchung and Fazl Ali College observed the programme at the town hall with MDLSA retainer lawyer, I Imkong Jamir as the key speaker on 

March 8.

Speaking on the topic “generation equality”, I Imkong Jamir deliberated upon the political, economic, social and cultural rights of women. Speaker further, highlighted about the many enactments of laws, programmes and schemes for the gender equality.

Earlier short speeches were delivered by EAC Temsuchuba and Sakhi Centre administrator, Wangshi Yaden. Special song and presentation were made by Mokokchung Town Lotha Women and Gorkha Nari Sangh, respectively. The occasion was chaired by Watsu Mungdang, executive member, Watisenla and solo was presented by Tuden Longkumer. (Correspondent)

Mon: In Mon, it was observed at KNSK office, Mon on March 8, wherein resource person asst. professor, Wangkhao Government College, Mon, Shongna Konyak shared about the importance of gender equality in society. According to DIPR report, she also stated that women should be given equality while making decision or whatever field she wishes to pursue and not succumb to societal norms and pressures. SDO (C) Mon, Ilika Zhimomi on behalf of the deputy commissioner Mon, Thavaseelan K, presented the awards to the best performing ASHAs and AWWs. The best performing AWWs was awarded to Ngapnon of Longkei village under Mon block, Shikyo K of Wakching village under Wakching block, Ngonnon K of Sheanghah Wamsa under Phomching block. Best performing ASHAs were awarded to C. Theanglih of Tanhai village, Lihnon of Leanghah village and Sangti of Changlangshu village. 

Tening: Tening Town Welfare Organisation (TTWO) in collaboration with Tening Block Task Force on Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) celebrated at Tening town on March 8. Tumben P. Tsanglao, EAC stated the scope and importance of BBBP and emphasized on the importance of health and education for women. Dr Neilasakuo Linyü, medical officer delivered a lecture on women and health. Dr Linyü highlighted the various diseases and advised the gathering to go for regular check up. P. Azon, women secretary of Liangmai Baptist Aruang as the guest speaker shared about the responsibilities, rights and violence against women and asked them to avail the opportunity to build the society. Dr Neilasakuo Linyü and P. Azon inaugurated the Baby and Flower Show. Special song was presented by hostellers of Baptist High School.

Jalukie town: IWD was celebrated at Government Higher Secondary School ground, Jalukie town on March 8, organised by Peren district administration in collaboration with Social Welfare, DLCW, civil societies & church members.

WWO MSK BBBP, Heiriateile reminded that Beti Bachao Beti Padhao is to celebrate the girl child and enable her education, to prevent gender biased sex selective elimination, to ensure survival of girl child and protection, education and participation of the girl child in all aspects of social life, she stated. Gimlule expressed that the essence of women is seen in the beauty of her soul and not just her perfect body. DLSA Peren, Italang Ramlia delivered a short speech on legal rights of women and protection of women from domestic violence. Deputy commissioner Peren, Sentiwapang Aier inaugurated the women entrepreneurship stall.

Longleng: In Longleng the weeklong IWD culminated on March 8, organized by Sakhi-One-Stop Centre, in collaboration with various departments and organizations. Awareness campaign on OSC was given to the women union of Pongching and Mongtikang villages under Longleng district. Centre administrator C. Henchem Phom gave a brief introduction on OSC and the services provided by the centre. Nyanyungsangla, counsellor highlighted about the legal rights and acts. OSC also collaborated with Longleng Town Students Union and organized a street play. Deputy commissioner M. Shayung Phom as the special guest encouraged the women to voice out and fight for their rights. OSC team in collaboration with NSRLM, RD, Longlengalso visited Yaongyimchen and Yachem villages. On March 8, the OSC team organized the IWD at PSC Hall, Longleng, graced by Yanithung Ezung SP, Longleng as the guest of honour and Caroline Nuklu as resource person. The former encouraged the aggrieved women to come forward without any fear or hesitation and secure themselves through police with legal assistance. Resource person spoke about the condition of the women from the past to present which was the visibility of women being empowered in so many fields.

Pongo village: District Task Force Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP), Mahila Shakti Kendra-DLCW and Swachhta Pakhwada of Longleng district organized IWD for the Sakshi block at Pongo village on March 8, with Yingliomei Phom superintendent Phom Lempong Children Home, PBCA Nyengching, Longleng as speaker. ADC Longleng D. Robin in his short speech exhorted the womenfolk to open their minds and standup for their rights. Yangching Union presented special number while Tutinungla district coordinator MSK-DLCW led the pledge on Swachh Bharat Mission to all the gathering. 

Yangpi village: Tuensang district administration in collaboration with Sakhi One Stop Centre, Tuensang observed IWD at Yangpi village. Anti Chang, CDPO, Noksen graced the occasion as the special guest accompanied by Hotolu, SDO (C), Noksen and Wellington, OC, Noksen PS along with villagers. Special guest spoke on the theme and encouraged the women folk gathered. Meanwhile, she also adjudged the carry bag sewing competition which was a bit to campaign on say not to plastic. Altogether, 61 women gathered during the event. Students from Yangpi Sochum (hostel) performed a special presentation. Short speech and greetings were also delivered by SDO (C) Noksen and village council respectively. They also visited the oldest woman of the village Yemyonungla aged 89 years and presented a gift. 

PSUK: Phom Students’ Union Kohima (PSUK) for the first time organised IWD at Phom Baptist Church Kohima on March 8. Resource person B. Lempang said that women are perfectly created by God and challenged them to take risk by venturing out of the box in making use of their God gifted talents. Y. Rebecca enlightened the congregation by encouraging them to stand up for their due rights. Manloi Baunyang elaborated on the responsibility of women and encouraged them to be productive, and contribute to bring about drastic change in the society. Programme was chaired by P. Enong, invocation by Liang, special number was presented by Women of Faith, vote of thanks was delivered by Shoshei. 

HRLN & FPAI: Human Rights Law Network (HRLN) in collaboration with Family Planning Association of India (FPAI) commemorated IWD at Jakhama village on March 8.A press release from HRLN stated that, advocate Neiteo Koza, state director of HRLN said that gender parity was one of the key to end violence against women and to achieve that women has a significant role to play. Ville Rhetso, counselor, FPA India shared some health challenges women face which affects her education and career. Kikrukhonuo Pfukha, advocate, urged women to value themselves and further mentioned that women has equal rights as men and should not be discriminated. Programme was chaired by Akangkokla, program officer, FPA India, welcome address by Hovisale Khatso, advisor Jakhama Women Society. Vote of thanks was proposed by Viswepranuo Rolnu, chairperson Jakhama Women Society. Vikuonuo Sachu, Miss Nagaland 2019 also gave a short speech.

Tuensang town: Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP), Tuensang district, Mahila Shakti Kendra and Baptist Youth Fellowship, Tuensang town jointly organised the programme at Khiamniungan Baptist Church (KBC) on March 8. Shelley Katiry, SDO (Civil) & nodal officer, BBBP Tuensang delivered the greetings. Dr. Pritpal Kaur, SDPO Tuensang spoke on “What International Women Day means to me”. In his message on the theme, the speaker of the event Apong Yimchunger, associate pastor, Yimchunger Baptist Church, Tuensang town said that both the women and men folks were endowed with the same responsibility as far as realizing women’s rights was concerned. A brief highlight of BBBP was presented by Songmao M, women welfare officer, District Level Centre for Women. Short speeches were also delivered by president of Akheta Sangtamlarü Thsingmujang (AST) and Maj. Rathore from 7 Sector, Assam Rifles. Altogether more than 1000 people representing all the affiliated Baptist churches of Tuensang town participated in the event.

BMMU Kuhuboto: NSRLM, BMMU Kuhuboto, Dimapur observed the day at Old Showuba village with the village level federation of Old Showuba village. BMMU Kuhuboto BPM Chenton Konyak urged the women folk present at the celebration to know their rights, to consider themselves at par with the male counterparts & encouraged them to be united on issues. Area coordinator Anguka Achumi highlighted about the various schemes for women & area coordinator, Sungchungo Yanthan spoke on gender, FNHW & selection of GPP & formation of SAC at all villages. Vote of thanks was delivered by VLO president Old Showuba. 

Chesezu village: Chesezu village under Phek district commemorated the day at the village panchayat hall on March 8, organized by Chesezu Women Society, and supported by Bangalore based campaign group, Our Young Voices. Travel writer Nokho Nyekha as resource person stressed on the need to create a space where gender does not bind anybody from expressing themselves and chasing their dreams. Nezelu Nyekha, associate director, Chakhesang Women Welfare Society (CWWS) and Sekulu Nyekha, director, Our Young Voices also spoke at the event. More than 200 women and girls, including men attended the programme. 

MSK Tuensang: District administration Tuensang and Mahila Shakti Kendra; District Level Centre for women Tuensang in collaboration with Khiamniungan Menyiu Hoikam under Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Tuensang organised the event at Noklak town hall. Special number was presented by KID girls, one act play by women department LBCNT, Taekwon-do by KBGV girls, while Niamkoi. S district coordinator gave a brief highlight about Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, Chongtin ambassador BBBP spoke on the theme. Around 300 attended the programme where invitees were from KMH federating units Noklak Town, all the sectors GBs and chairman. 

ZGC: Zunheboto Government College (ZGC), observed IWD on March 8, headed by HoD, History, Neutoli Achumi. Neutoli while expounding on the theme, stated that the theme was aligned with UN women’s new multigenerational campaign that was adopted in 1995 at the 4th World conference for women at Beijing and added that since then it was recognized as the most progressive roadmap for empowerment of women and girls everywhere. She further added that she was tuned with the theme this year 2020, focusing on mobilizing global action to achieve economic social and political equality, equal opportunities and justice and human rights to women.

DMC: Dimapur Meetei Council celebrated IWD on March 8 at Manipuri colony, Dimapur, wherein the council also formed a women’s department.

Council elected a team of office bearers for the women wing where Sunita Wahengbam was elected as president, Yangkhom Rita as general secretary along with others. DMC general secretary L. Indrojit Meetei chaired the programme, senior advisor Kh. Sharatchandra Singh talked about the significance of the day and DMC president Sarat Thangjam delivered keynote address. The programme was attended by 120 members.

SXCC Kidima: St Xavier Catholic Church (SXCC), Kidima, celebrated with director, Eden Gander and Children’s Home, Khuzama, Rev. Fr., Raymond D’ Souza, as chief celebrant, along with Loyola College, Vijayawadam, Andhra Pradesh, Rev. Fr. Ravinder SJ, on March 4. Special number was presented by women and Eucharist was offered.

Yimyu Baptist Arogo: District administration & DLCW MSK celebrated the day with Yimyu Baptist Arogo, youth ministry.

Seitheke Basa village: Seitheke Basa village level organisation (VLO) under NSRLM Medziphema block observed the day at Seitheke Basa. 

BMMU RD block Dhansiripar: DAY-NSRLM BMMU RD block Dhansiripar Dimapur, participated in the celebration at Amaluma village on March 8. 

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