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Rio’s message on women’s day
Published on 8 Mar. 2010 12:29 AM IST
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Extending warm greetings to Naga women on the occasion of International Women’s Day falling on Monday, state chief minister, Neiphiu Rio said the idea of celebrating the day comes from the realization that there was a need for proactive and concerted actions to protect and promote the cause of women all over the world. Rio said there have been many misconceptions and even discriminations against women leading to them being called the ‘weaker sex.’ He said all these historical factors have led to a situation where women have been put at a disadvantage vis a vis men in many areas of human activities. It is to rectify these “historical wrongs” that certain pro-active actions have been necessitated, one of the most significant being the proposal for reservation of seats for women in parliament and in the state assemblies, Rio said in a message. The chief minister said the government of Nagaland fully supported the proposal. Rio said that both men and women who have their own inherent strengths and weaknesses were not made to compete but to compliment each other in order to bring out the best for the good of the mankind. Affirming his believe in the theme for this year’s International Women’s Day – “Equal rights, equal opportunities: progress for all,” Rio said it was only when equal rights and opportunities were ensured to all sections of society, that real progress, peace and harmony in the world could be achieved.

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