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Kaisa Rio urges women to preserve, promote culture
Correspondent KOHIMA:
Published on 28 Oct. 2009 11:57 PM IST
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“Celebrating unsung heroes of Sumi women” a programme in honour of all Sumi women who made an impact in moulding the society, was held under the aegis of Sumi Totimi Hoho at State Academy Hall, Kohima. Kaisa Rio, wife of chief minister Nagaland and president of Nagaland Women Voluntary Association, graced the programme as the chief guest. Addressing Sumi women, Kaisa Rio said women should maintain their identity by preserving and promoting the culture and heritage of the forefathers. She stated that mothers were the most influential people in their families and called upon the need to realize their responsibilities to guide their children in the right direction and mould them to be responsible citizens. She asserted that women should not compromise with issues but stand firm on what is right. Kaisa also urged all mothers to keep education of their children, especially their daughters, as their top priority. “Education is the backbone of any progressive society” she said. Kaisa also appraised the gathering on the support of government to uplift status of women through the formation of State Women Commission and Women Development Department. She called upon womenfolk to take advantage of those bodies and bring about greater awareness to women on their responsibilities and their rights. Delivering welcome address, president of STH, Kakheli Jakhalu said the programme was initiated with an aim to pay tribute to all noble Sumi women ancestors who made an impact in the society in big or small ways. She also said that the programme was laid out to showcase the youngsters of the lifestyle of the ancestors. Highlights of the programme included short plays on the heroic feat of Pitheli, origin of ‘Axone’ and ‘Assahna’, the story of Yeholi, the virtue of Sumi Women, the origin of chilli eating, Sheli and Khakhu etc. Sulimi traditional and modern attires were also displayed. The programme was attended by lady wives of legislators, representatives from various tribal women organizations and other well wishers.

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