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CM’s message on Intl Day of Non Violence
Published on 2 Oct. 2009 1:18 AM IST
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While commemorating International Day of Non Violence, state chief minister Neiphiu Rio today called for setting in motion mass awareness campaign on violence against women and start a “peoples’ movement” for protecting women from every kind of violence. “Today, the 2nd October is declared as International Day of Non-violence by the United Nations to draw the attention of humanity the whole world to the susceptibility of women to violence,” chief minister said in a message. Mr. Rio said that under the Convention of Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), highest priority was accorded towards curbing violence against women throughout the world. “No race or people can grow and flourish and look forward to a greater future unless utmost respect and honour is accorded to its women,” he said. Stating that in Nagaland, various forms of violence has become a matter for serious concern for state government, Church, civil societies, NGOs including all conscientious and self-respecting citizens, the chief minister said the need of the hour was “to set in motion mass awareness campaign on violence against women and start a “peoples’ movement” for protecting our women from every kind of violence.” He also asserted that Nagaland is a land of Christians and added to this are “time-tested virtues passed on us by our forefathers” in according care, compassion and high status, regard and honour to women. “Above all else, there is the imperative need for us as human beings to be reminded of who a mother is and what a mother means to us all mortals,” Mr. Rio said. The chief minister also extended greetings to women of Nagaland and assured Naga women that state government, hand in hand with Church, civil societies, NGOs would leave no stone unturned to ensure safety, dignity of womanhood including equal and honourable position and status for women in our Naga society.

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