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Women stand tall on Women’s Day
Correspondent KOHIMA:
Published on 8 Mar. 2009 12:38 AM IST
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Though International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 across the globe, various organisations in Kohima and Dimapur celebrated the day on March 7 owing to the actual day being Sunday. Nagaland State Women Commission (NSCW) Chairperson Sano Vamuzo, Saturday said the assembly had already passed the 33% reservation in Municipal bodies in the state, but was yet to implement it till date. The chairperson informed that soon NSWC would visit various government offices and interact with government staff. She was addressing the women gathering at the occasion of International Women’s Day in Kohima which was organised by state women development department. The programme was held at Government High School Ground, Kohima on the theme “Expanding the horizon for women”. Highlighting on the inception of NSCW which was established in 2006, Mrs Vamuzo expressed gratitude to government for setting up commission and also for establishing of the women department which were working very hard for the betterment of women in the state. In her address Banuo Z. Jamir, IAS, additional chief secretary said it was a “Red Letter day” not only for women but for all to celebrate the International women’s day. She said that in 1975, the year was “International year of women” and subsequently followed up United Nations in 1977, declared March 8 as International women’s day and every year the day was observed throughout world by organizing various programmes and functions with special focus on women. She also thanked the government for acknowledging women in the state and pointed out that women constituted 50% of population in the society and had equal responsibility as men folk. Pointing out that Human Index development revolved on three main aspects namely health education and lively hood, she said with communization already in place, it was mandatory to have women representative in village health committee, village education, WATSAN and Village electricity management board. Others who spoke at the occasion were Narola, women secretary NBCC, Dr. Tolto Metha and Khyochano Ngully. Dimapur: In Dimapur, music, flowers and warm faces of both young and elderly women filled the air inside IMC hall as all the women gathered to celebrate ‘International Women’s Day’, Saturday. Organised by the Sinai Ministry on the theme ‘pray for your mother, pray for your sister, pray for that special woman in your life’, women’s day celebration was one of a kind where women from all walks of life gathered for a time of fellowship and to socialize with other women taking advantage of the opportunity. The speakers, Kilang Jamir and Allemsunep Jamir (The Repairers of the Breach, Tiruvanandapuram), took the audience on a journey through the Bible representing well-known women- Ruth. The speakers referred scripture to explain the importance of Ruth’s character in the Bible. Speaking at the occasion, Kilang Jamir said “you are special not just because of this day, but you are special so you have this day”. Citing the exemplary life of Ruth in the Bible whose purpose of life was found after undergoing trials and tribulations in life, Kilang said, “unless you let the past go away, you will not progress in life, you need to forget some bitter experience of your life…in God you are a mighty woman.” Kilang said the children that a mother nurtured would carry the lifetime example of unconditional love and would one day be anointed by God in serving the mankind. Urging not to be satisfied with what they have, Kilang called upon women gathering to look beyond the horizon. Earlier, program organizer Wabang Longchari and friends of Sinai Ministry enthralled the gathering with a song of praise. Members of the ministry who generously volunteered to treat women in a special way showed it with flowers. International Women’s Day is celebrated in many countries all over the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their great achievements. It is a day for looking back at past struggles and accomplishments, and more importantly, for looking ahead to the opportunities that await future generations of women. (Staff Reporter) Results The results for the flower arrangement competition held during the celebration of International Women’s Day at GHSS ground on Saturday are: Fresh Flower: 1. Metsi Pienyü Rs. 5,000 2. Visakhonü Hibo Rs. 3,000 3. Holi Achumi Rs. 2,000 4. Consolation: Niathu Garden and K. Akali Awomi from Oli Flower Nursery Rs. 1,000 each Fresh Bouquet: 1. Kekhrie Foundation Rs. 5,000 2. Visakhonü Hibo Rs. 3,000 3. Metsi Pienyü Rs. 2,000 Dry Flower: 1. Metsi Pienyü Rs. 5,000 2. Vitseilie Rs. 3,000 3. Visakhonü Hibo Rs. 2,000 Dry Bouquet: 1. Mezhütuonuo Rs. 5,000 2. K. Akali Awomi Rs. 3,000 3. Metsi Pienyü Rs. 2,000

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