State chief secretary, Lalthara on Thursday lauded the women folk for their effective role in resolving conflicts and specially pointed to last year’s factional killings where they threw themselves between warring factions on many occasions and prevented escalation of the conflict.
“In such situations, I have found that women have been playing very effective role and this is their strong point,” Lalthara told a gathering of women from various Naga tribes who had converged at Peren town for the 9th general assembly of the Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA).
Lalthara related such role played by women to that of peacemakers and said the society would continue to require their services. The chief secretary also recognized that the NMA was working hard in removing various kinds of social evils and have been much vocal in denouncing rape, violation of women’s rights etc.
Lalthara, who was the chief guest, admitted that such effective voices helped towards arresting the culprits and awarding punishments that was due to the wrong doers. “Without your pressure, the state government might have not been able to do justice,” he told the NMA and various other women organizations.
Lalthara said that the NMA has not only been helping women but been playing pioneering role/efforts that help the state government in bringing many reforms and framing of policies. He urged the NMA to also work towards improving the living conditions of the society.
Speaking on the gender issue, Lalthara said that the talk about equality between the sexes did not mean “equal role in every work.” He said one should recognize the fact that man and woman have been created with different strengths to do different works. According to the chief guest, the two genders should compliment and fill one another so that a complete and harmonious family could be created with that togetherness.
“One is not perfect or complete without the other and we are not supposed to compete with each other but compliment each other,” he said.
Stating that whatever set of laws or system being followed was not permanent but flexible depending on the need of the changing times and situation, Lalthara called upon the people not to blow out the gender issue out of proportion.
“If there are any outdated rules, we will change that as the society has to go ahead and there should not be any rules inhibiting the capability of the sexes to perform their best potential,” he said.
The chief secretary also congratulated the denizens of Peren for their progress in township and said the town was going to be the first totally planned district headquarter in the state. He appealed for enthusiastic participation of the public to enable the government to make Peren a model township.
Nagaland State Women Commission chairman, Sano Vamuzo, DC Peren, and other officials also attended the programme.
Highlights of the programme included cultural presentations and fashion shows in traditional attires by the Rengma Mothers’ Association, Sumi Totimi Hoho, Zeliangrong Mipui Organisation, Chakhesang Mothers’ Association, Kuki Mothers’ Association, Pochury Mothers’ Association etc.
The two-day NMA general assembly which began on Wednesday was organized by the Zeliangrong Mipui Organisation and held under the theme, ‘Embracing the age of dignity.”