‘International Women’s Day’ celebrated across the state

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 3/7/2020 11:35:57 AM IST

Various institutions organised programmes and initiatives to commemorate international women’s day (IWD) under the theme for 2020, “I am generation equality: realising women’s rights”. 

CMA Phek: Chakhesang Mothers’ Association (CMA) in collaboration with the District Administration, Phek and Phek District Legal Services Authority (PDLSA) observed the day at Badminton Stadium, Phek town on March 7.

A press release from CMA Phek stated that, minister of Planning & Coordination, Land Revenue and Parliamentary Affairs, Neiba Kronu in his address challenged the Chakhesang mothers to be loving & caring mothers for a harmonious and progressive society. He appealed the mothers to be uniting factor of the community and urged them to aim for well being and progress of the society.

Stating that good roads and electricity were essential for the process of development, he urged upon the people to cooperate with the government for proper execution of such projects in the state. Stating that road connectivity and waterway to Eastern side of Myanmar will greatly boost the state’s economy, Kronu informed that he was planning to take up the proposal with the government. 

Earlier, Kronu unveiled the foundation stone of CMA building plot at Zion colony, Phek.

Also speaking on the occasion as the guest of honour, Kuzholuzo (Azo) Nienu, MLA stressed on the importance of women’s role in the global arena & urged the womenfolk to cohesively work with broader vision for a better society. 

Chakhesang Public Organization (CPO) president Mikha Kenye shared greetings while Sano Vamuzo, former chairperson Nagaland State Commission for Women exhorted the gathering.

Muzivolu T. Therieh, district & sessions judge and chairperson PDLSA talked on the theme. 

Bhavani Sri, SDO (C) Phek and nodal officer BBBP Phek made a presentation on BBBP. CMA president Zhonelu Tunyi chaired the session. 

NSWC Kohima: International Women’s Day (IWD) conclave an initiative of Nagaland State Women Commission (NSWC) in collaboration with Nagaland College Principal Association was held at Hotel Vivor Kohima on Saturday.

Chairperson NSCW, Khrienuo Tachü in her key note said many Naga women were quite empowered in a non-aggressive way, enabled particularly through quality education. However, she said inspite of the high literacy rate in Nagaland, that empowering factor was yet to come to the fore. She remarked that wholesome empowerment of women was lacking in Nagaland in spite of numerous programmes and therefore, this year’s emphasis was looking at quality education as an empowering tool for complementary walk of men and women towards progressive development of society. She informed that according to 2011 census, the sex ratio in the state of Nagaland is 931 females per 1000 males and the female literacy rate of Nagaland is 76.11 percent as per 2011 census, which is above the national average. She said as per 2019 report, Nagaland state is the lowest crime rate against women and several indexes of gender equality and development where the state is at par with other performing states. However, she said the research findings in reality revealed that the state is lagging behind in qualitative and wholesome living. 

HoD of Higher Education Dr. Apeni Lotha in her address highlighted many provisions for women under UGC in higher education. She emphasised the need to uplift the women education especially in the remote places. Principal Japfü Christian College Dr. Visakhonu Hibo in her address said the key words in the new education policy (NEP) envisions education system that contributes directly to transforming the country into sustainable, equitable and vibrant knowledge society by providing high quality education to all. Dr. Chubatola Aier in her address as one of the panellists said men and women should be given equal education facilities to develop our society together. Dr. Vizovol Mekro, another panellists said higher education has a primary role to play in building knowledge based economy providing sustainable employment opportunities and ensuring a better standard of living to the existing upcoming generation. 

Thingujam Sharatc- handra Singh, a panellist in his address said that everyone needed to ponder upon why the graduate students in the state were not employable and need to revisit the education system in the state. Programme was chaired by Dr. Lily Sema general secretary NCPA, prayer by Chongliu member NSCW, special song presented by Japfü Christian College staff choir Kigwema and concluding remark given by Dr. P.S. Lorin while vote of thanks was proposed by Obangla Jamir secretary NSCW. Programme was attended by principals of various colleges and of different districts. (Correspondent)

CAN Kohima: International Women’s Day for domestic workers was held at Catholic Association of Nagaland (CAN) conference hall, D. Block on March 7 in Kohima. 

Assistant labour commissioner directorate, Kohima Avile Vitso speaking on the theme, stated that this was a day to celebrate women and be proud for being a women and to thank the Lord for the life of a women and to educate them of their right. Vitso also stated that the woman should celebrate this day with gift of life God has given, such as talents and skills, inner beauty and strength, womanhood and motherhood, intelligence and wisdom, zeal and energy, etc. Encourage and appreciate one another and raise each other up and strengthening the sisterhood, she stated. She urged all to take one resolution today, to take care of the girl child/daughter (or sisters) and give them equal opportunities with as much love and respect as is done for sons (or brothers).

FDWA coordinator Theresa Langhu gave the welcome address, invocation by Theresa Langhu and Aneibu Veronica pronounced the vote of thanks. Programme was organised by the Ferrando Domestic Workers Alliance (FDWA), Kohima. (Correspondent) 

NU, Lumami: In Nagaland University, Lumami, the Nagaland University Students’ Union, Lumami organised the day with Nisano T Zhimo as chairperson at the programme held on March 7. 

A press release from NUSU-(L) general secretary, Süyievelü Venuh and information & publicity secretary, Mewkhro Mero stated that, guest speaker Monalisa Tase, asst. professor of Political Science elaborated on the theme and urged the people that one must first imbibe oneself, and then only will true equality prevail. During the second session, a seminar on “women’s mental health” was held with an opening act by The Blackamoors. Resource person Ajung Imchen, psychiatric nurse, Mokokchung District Mental Health, talked about the various kinds of depressions and alerted the people to be aware of such signs and stated how to help those people in such state. 

In the first session, NUSU-(L) women’s coordinator Thsangla gave the opening address and a song was presented by Avitoli. Speech on behalf of men was given by Ngaupu, asst. general secy., NUSU-(L). Vote of thanks was given by Süyievelü Venuh, general secretary, NUSU-(L) and benediction by Chingmei Phom. Special prayer was bestowed by Elika Tsuqu, chaplain NUCF. 

ICAR NEH: Women’s Cell of ICAR NEH marked the day today with colourful celebrations at the MS Swaminathan hall on March 7. 

A press release from ICAR NEH stated that, presentations entitled “Realising our rights” and “Women’s role in society” were conducted by Nirmali Borthakur, in-charge legal cell and S. Jha respectively. The programmes included “talent search” and “go as you like”. The “go as you like” programme was dedicated to discover North East where various traditional attires were depicted by the participants. The talent hunt was judged and the best participants were awarded. A brief presentation was presented by Dr K Puro, senior scientist animal health and I/c chairperson women’s cell on Coronavirus. 

DGC: An awareness programme on “Protection of Women in India with Special Reference to Nagaland” was held at the college auditorium, organized by IQAC and Internal Committee for Protection of Women, Dimapur Govt. College (DGC) on March 7. 

A press release from DGC publicity and media cell convenor, assistant professor A. Sentiyula stated that, programme was held under the directive of the University Grants Commission in commemoration of International Women’s Day. The speaker for the day was advocate Kekhriele-ü Mezhu, who focused on basic legal rights for women. Programme was attended by principal, vice-principal, faculty members and students of the college. 

MOC Kohima: Mount Olive College (MOC) Kohima celebrated the day with Dr. Koseno, assistant professor of Sociology as the speaker on Saturday at the college auditorium in Kohima. 

A press release from organising committee stated that, she emphasised on the significance of the occasion which marks a call to action for accelerating gender equality. She maintained that today women have started realizing their strengths and are ready to step out of their home, contributing to the success of their home and the society. She called on to respect women not because of gender but for their identity. 

Rockson Mohobo said “woman has a frame of beauty who has the heart of a child” and asserted that women has gone a long way from all walks of life who laboured and bore fruits while keeping their legacy. Wangshinmeren, a second semester student stated that. “We find their surge forward not only in the political front, but also in social life where they act as agents of change contributing to economic development as well.”

Earlier, Bendangnikshi invoked God’s blessings, special numbers were presented by Asepi and Keren Shohe and friends and benediction pronounced by Kilen in the programme chaired by Shikatoli. 

Unity college: Unity College celebrated IWD on March 7 at the college campus by women cell under IQAC, conducted by male members of the college. 

A press release from Unity College stated that Dr. Lichumo Ennie, principal and Dr. Haokip, assistant professor of Political Science spoke on the empowerment of women and gender equality. Earlier, Itoka Achumi of B.A 4th semester presented a song epitomising the gracefulness of a women. The programme was chaired by A. Zuchobemo Odyou, BA, 4th semester.

SMHSS: St. Mary’s Higher Secondary School (SMHSS) celebrated IWD on March 7 with 10K run organised by Leo Club of St. Mary’s Dimapur in association with DICE foundation, Lions Club Dimpaur, Blue Venda, Japfu, Hornbill and Leo Club of Dimapur. More than 500 students along with members of the clubs and DICE Foundation took part. 

NHS: Namghar High School (NHS), Dimapur observed IWD on March 7 at the school premises with the activities like thought of the day, group song on women empowerment by boys of classes 8, 9 and 10 followed by a speech under IWD 2020 theme by Nitai Acharjee, senior teacher.

SJS: St. John’s School (SJS), Diphupar ‘B’ celebrated IWD on March 7, wherein school also acknowledged and honoured the female teachers. The theme was elucidated by headmaster, Johny Abraham. A press release from SJS stated that a play called “gender inequality in the family” was enacted by class 10 students, while Wonjano delivered a speech where she maintained that “women should help other women obliterate stereotypes and taboos placed by the society”. Meanwhile, the programme was initiated by male teachers along with students with various items like dance, songs and skit.

IAP Nagaland branch: IAP Nagaland branch in collaboration with Alkem Laboratories Ltd along with guest dietician Zuthonglo (NMHRC) conducted a health camp with 15th NAP (IR) Mahila Battalion at Chumukedima on March 7.

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