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Sano underlines need of women empowerment

Chairperson Nagaland State Women commission, Sano Vamuzo addressing the inaugural function of training on ‘Empowerment of Women’ at ATI, Kohima on Monday. (DIPR)
KOHIMA, Correspondent:
Published on 26 Aug. 2008 12:45 AM IST
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Underlining the empowerment of women, Chairperson of Nagaland State Women Commission, Sano Vamuzo, Monday said women needed to be educated with the constitutional rights and privileges. She said that proper foundation of quality education should be given to the girl child as women had important roles to play in all aspects of development. Speaking as the chief guest at the inaugural programme of the three day training on 'Empowerment of Women" at the ATI, Sano asserted that women in the present day had changed and adding that Constitution of India guaranteed gender equality. On the reservation of seats for women in the local bodies of panchayats and municipalities, she said "if women's rights and their place in society are recognized, then there is no need for reservation, but since this is not so in our case, the need for such reservation arises." Basing on a study that revealed women constitute 30% of the paid workforce and 90% of the unpaid workforce in Nagaland, Sano said women needed economic empowerment to gain confidence. The chief guest said NSWC, set up in 2007 by the Government of Nagaland, was the right platform to bring about advancement, development and empowerment of women. Pointing out some observations of the NSWC in its tour to all the district headquarters, Sano asserted agriculture and allied sector needed better coordination and thorough review of the programme at the district and village level. She revealed there were imbalances in the educational system and that the medical department needed to be more vigilant. Stating there were so much of exploitation on the ignorant and the poor, the chief guest urged the government agencies dealing with the Rural Development to maintain transparency, so that the rural people would be benefited with welfare programmes such as the Public Distribution System (PDS) which entitles basic infrastructure to the people. The NSWC further appealed to all officials to own the problems faced by women and guide them through the obstacles of women empowerment. Welcome speech and introduction of the course was addressed by F.P.Solo, Commissioner and Secretary, Higher Education and Director ATI while vote of thanks was delivered by Lithrongla G. Chishi, Additional Director, ATI. The three day training will be based on topics such as 'Gender Rights and Equity', 'Nagaland Women Empowerment Policy 2006', 'Economic Empowerment of women through Agri and Allied Sector/ industries', 'Darft formulation of Action Plan for Women Empowerment' etc. Resource persons include Chozule Kikhi, Nihoto Chishi, secretary Law and Justice; L.G. Chishi, secretary, Nagaland Women Commission; Alemtemshi, IAS; Neilavou Keditsu, joint director, Women Development Department.

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