Chairperson Nagaland Women Commission (NWC), Sano Vamuzo said the commission planned to focus its attention to remote areas of Nagaland to make women aware of their rights and privileges so that they could fare better in bringing up their people at par with the advanced states.
Speaking as resource person at the one-day Christian Women’s awareness programme (in Nagamese) at DABA Town Fellowship on the theme ‘Arise, sit enthroned (Isaiah 52:2)’ on Friday she said one of the ‘hot topics’ of this century across the globe was ‘empowerment of women’ which, in Naga context was the right of women to be allowed to realize and utilize their capabilities without any hindrance on account of her gender.
She said recently 50% reservation of seats were granted to women to participate in decision making bodies, but lamented that Nagaland still remained silent even for 33% reservation for its women in the civic bodies and in 1998, Government of Nagaland made it mandatory for women representation in village council and VDBs but majority were still ignorant.
Also speaking as resource person Oriental Theological Seminary lecturer, Alongla Aier spoke on “Biblical Perspective on Women” and emphasized on the equality of men and women in the eyes of God, as both were created in His image. She said that Bible teaching is very clear that men and women are equal in value, worth and dignity. She also said that in the past women were considered inferior to men but today, change is coming to the society through women. Citing stories of women who made changes in society from the Bible, Alongla urged Naga women to stand up and realize their gifts and responsibilities for the society to progress.
The programme was chaired by director Prodigals Home, Ela. Earlier, Angami Baptist Church presented special song and DBWU president, Asangla Jamir read out the welcome address. The programme concluded with a prayer said by Lotha Baptist Church women leader, Meripeni. The programme was organised by Dimapur Baptist Women Union (DBWU).