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Women’s reservation bill focused on Women’s Day
Published on 9 Mar. 2010 12:11 AM IST
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Expressing concern on the violation of rights or violence against women in the society, president of Dimapur Women Hoho (Council), Hukheli T. Wotsa speaking on the occasion of ‘International Women's Day’ programme jointly organized by Wada Na Toda Abhiyan, New Delhi and Indigenous Cultural Society on the theme, "customary versus equality" at Indigenous Cultural Society, conference hall Monday said that discrimination against women still existed today in the social set up and expressed urgent need to tackle the power relation between women and men at all levels, starting from the family. Calling for combined efforts from all sections of society in eliminating domestic violence against women, Hukheli said, "Everyone (men and women) was equal in the eyes of the law, both written and unwritten including customary law, but some how women were being treated next to animal". She further expressed anguish on the suppression faced by women in some section of society, where they were not even allowed to speak about their rights. On women’s reservation bill, Hukheli said that reservation was a must in the society, as women possesed the ability to tackle problems in the society. Dimapur Naga Hoho (Council) president Savi Legesie who was the chief guest said God created everyone equal, but opined that women were not treated the same. According to Savi, women’s liberation was not projected during the primitive period but gradually gained recognition during the progressive period giving more liberation to women including reservation in all aspects. He further disclosed that Dimapur Naga Hoho (Council) was in support of women’s reservation, and opined that if women were given opportunity they can change Nagaland faster than their counterpart. Savi also appealed the women to be cautious and to analyze their weakness and strength while fighting for their rights and reservation. Principal Dimapur Law College, Leonard Aier speaking on "equal rights, equal opportunity: progress for all" said women's law was only in the book and not put into practice. He also said that reservation and equality for women has not been awarded in “favour or pity” but it their entitled right. In his ethical observation on "customary versus equality" director Indigenous Cultural Society Nagaland, Dr. Hesheto Y .Chishi expressed his view that one should not talk on tribal lines while taking customary law, and that one needed to rationalize and logically assess the situation before making a final assessment. Taking into account, about the exclusion of men and women in various activities, and the cooperation and joint profession that was shared by men and women in the primitive era, Hesheto said "Our customary is in favour of women we should not be misinterpreted". TNAI: Commemorating 100 years of ‘International Women’s Day’, Dimapur branch of Trained Nurses Association of India (TNAI) organized a programme on the theme “Health Talk” at Dimapur District hospital campus on Monday. The various health related topics covered under the programme included antenatal care (care to pregnant ladies), immunization and HIV and AIDS. Delivering a brief introductory to the programme, TNAI Dimapur branch president N. Sashila stressed on vulnerability of pregnant women and role of medical help in saving a life. The section of crowd was also instructed on HIV and AIDS by staff nurse, Sukhali and antenatal care and immunization was addressed by staff nurse, Vikhotsono. Vikhotsono emphasized the gathering to practice “Safe Motherhood” and that the optimum age for a girl to bear a child is 20-25years since complication arises after the age of 35. The programme also advised expectant mothers to have routine check up at least three times during the whole stage of pregnancy with 2 shots of TTT before delivery. Nursing superintendent, Vizheli Shohe concluded the programme by distributing free ‘folic acid’ and ‘iron tablets’ in an attempt to prevent developmental abnormality of the foetus in anaemic pregnant women. MON: International Women Day was celebrated in Mon at D C Conference Hall Mon with deputy commissioner Mon Dinesh Kumar as chief guest. The program was organized by Konyak Nyuphuh Sheko Khong (KNSK) and sponsored by World Vision India, Mon Area Development Program. KNSK president Yumah in her welcome address highlighted the struggles of KNSK to uplift the plight of women in the district by organizing such program. She expressed gratitude to World Vision for partnering in their struggle. The highlights of the program were presentation of special number by various Churches. Others who spoke in the occasion were Ellen Konyak, member Naga Women Commission, Sarah R Ritse ADC Mon and Mon deputy commissioner Dinesh Kumar. Ellen in her speech spoke about women empowerment and the role played by Naga Women Commission in creating awareness on the rights of women. Mon ADC Sarah R Ritse exhorted the gathering by stressing on the rights to education for girl child. The deputy commissioner spoke on gender equality in the society and also in regard to the women’s bill by citing an example of Rajasthan where they have 50% reservation for women in the state. The program was attended by about 200 women representing all walks of life. PEREN: Friends Inter Trusteeship Alliance (FITA) Jalukie observed International Women’s Day at its Conference hall where women from different walks of life attended the programme. The programme was chaired by Legacy Explorers secretary M. Kamson and special number presented by Nchumla and friends. During the programme Irangbui, a member of FITA spoke on IWD observation and highlighted on significance of the day. Recalling the Zeliangrong Culture, Irangbui said women were respected and honored by the men folk and protected and secured not just because they were weak but loved. (More IWD reports in Page 11)

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