Expressing concern over the decision of the state cabinet on the issue of reservation for women in all the town and municipal councils and deferring the civic body elections, the Nagaland Women Commission (NWC) has said that the reservation has nothing to do with the “ongoing peace process” as claimed.
Instead, the NCW said it was imperative that more women were involved in the peace process and that the reservation would help boost the morale of women in the state.
“Government cannot arbitrarily take decision basing on the opinions of the existing municipal and town councils as most of them are male dominant councils,” it added
Reminding about the unanimous decision taken by the Naga women in February this year that they wanted reservation in municipalities and town councils, the NCW appealed to the state government to take into consideration the decision of the women who constitute 50% of the population.
NCW in a statement issued by its chairperson, Sano Vamuzo said reservation was necessary as practiced in many parts of the countries which paved the way for women to find a place in the decision making bodies till such time the society and women were socially and politically enlightened and do not need any moer reservation of seat in decision making bodies.
The NCW expressed confidence that the government would protect women’s rights and implement the amendment of the Act at the earliest in all the town councils and municipalities in the state.
Meanwhile, the NWC has convened an emergency meeting of all apex tribal women hohos and NGOs on December 22 at 10am at Circuit House conference hall, Kohima. According to a statement issued by secretary NWC, Lithrongla G. Chishi, the meeting would discuss the implementation of 33 % reservation of seats for women in all municipal and town councils of Nagaland.