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Naga women firm on 33% quota
Correspondent KOHIMA, DEC 22 (NPN):
Published on 23 Dec. 2009 12:51 AM IST
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Various representatives from women tribal hohos, legal and business communities and other women civil bodies on Tuesday converged at Kohima and deliberated on the challenges of Naga women in the forthcoming municipal and town council elections. The meeting was convened by the Nagaland Women Commission (NWC) to discuss on how to go about in the election and to educate fellow womenfolk, against the backdrop of the state government’s announcement to reserve 33% seat for women in municipal and town councils in Nagalnd. NSWC chairperson, Sano Vamuzo called upon all womenfolk to avail the opportunity of what the government said it would implement. She urged the women to come together as one and work with commitment and also encouraged them to think independently and be cautious and careful in taking decisions. “Think seriously, consider the pros and cons and make decision,” she said. Sano said there was a need for women to understand their rights and urged the NGOs and civil societies to make aware the rights of women to all Naga women. She said all women should know their rights about the 33% reservation and work on it, suggesting that the Naga women select a consensus candidate for the elections. Expert member of National Women Commission, Rosemary Dzüvichü pointed out that Naga women constituted 50% of the total population and added that their voices ought to be heard. She said that the consultative meet was an important one as the 33% reservation had not been implemented by the government three years after the act had been passed. Speaking from legal perspective, advocate Zhekheli said the root of law bonded the entire citizen together and added that the people should first know the law and understand their rights before fighting for justice. She said what was written in the Constitution cannot be overruled and that women had to understand the provisions guaranteed to them. She urged womenfolk to be diplomatic and understand their rights. Representatives from NMA, Angami Women Organization, women tribal hohos, Nagaland Contractors and Suppliers Union, Naga Spice Pvt Ltd etc. participated in the discussion. Consensus candidates Naga tribal women organizations have resolved to field ‘consensus’ women candidates in all town and municipal councils in the state and not through political parties and to stand in all women reserved wards. The significant resolution was taken alongside others at the end of a day-long deliberation on women reservation in town and municipal councils in the state, organized by the NWC. According to a NWC statement, a Joint Action Committee (JAC) consisting of committed women activists, tribal women leaders, business representatives, academicians and legal experts has been constituted to strategise and make preparations for the town and municipal council elections. It said that the JAC would be the focal point to help women organizations in all districts on reservation for women. Naga women also reiterated the stand taken by all Naga Women Organizations on February 13, 2009 on reservation for women in town and municipal councils in Nagaland. The house resolved to translate legal rights of women as per the Constitutional provisions into all Naga languages and distribute to women leaders in all districts for sensitization. Further, it was also resolved to submit memorandums to the governor of Nagaland and the chief minister for implementation of the Amended Municipal Act on reservation for women and hold the civic polls on schedule.

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