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Naga women call for achieving common aspiration
Correspondent/Staff Reporter KOHIMA/DIMAPUR, MAR 8 (NPN)
Published on 9 Mar. 2010 12:19 AM IST
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On International Women’s Day, Naga women have called for unity and cooperation among themselves and to work together to realize their aspirations. Nagaland State Commission for Women, chairperson, Sano Vamuzo said though Naga women have excelled on all fronts, yet, there were disproportionate lot affected due to lack of recognition by the society. “We can’t remain silent spectators when our society and women in particular are crying for justice, equality and peace,” she said calling upon the Naga women to join hands and cooperate with one another in order to realize their aspirations and to make the best use of the opportunity that has now reached their doorsteps. Sano was speaking as the chief guest at the 99th International Women’s Day celebration at Hotel Japfü Kohima, Monday. She called upon women to avail the opportunity given to them through the 33% women reservation passed in the Assembly and raise voice of the voiceless. She maintained that the reservation bill would be a gift to all Indian women, if it was passed in the parliament. She said March 8 was a major global celebration for the economic, political and social achievement of women. Sano said it was a day to celebrate women’s collective efforts over the years to attain justice and equality for themselves and their children and to reassert their struggle for world free of oppression, exploitation and injustice. Additional chief secretary, Banuo Z. Jamir and Nagaland State Social Welfare Board, secretary, Daisy Mezhür also spoken the occasion. Secretary of urban development, Norman Putsure delivered the keynote address. In the programme, winners of the essay writing competition titled ‘If I were a member of the Municipal Council’, which was conducted by the Women Development Department were felicitated with cash awards. Secretary, department of women development, N. Hushili chaired the programme while Lamlin Konyak said the invocation prayer. The programme organized by Women Development Department under the theme, “Equal rights equal opportunities: progress for all.” Dimapur Speaking as the chief guest at the International Women’s Day celebration at Assisi Hall, Lake View Colony, Khermahal, Dimapur, North East Cultural Zone Centre (NEZCC) director, Hekali Zhimomi emphasized on the continued struggle of women, their attainment and unique capabilities. She said women have come a long way in demanding their due share and denied rights and called upon them to work together for the cause of women’s welfare, Hekali said women were individually and emotionally stronger, looking after all family affairs and asserted that what women could do was unique and one should not undermine their strength. The chief guest also suggested for inclusion of domestic workers into the purview of labour laws and to sensitize the National Domestic Workers Movement in the state. She urged the domestic workers to look into areas where they could work together for the welfare of women and continue to strengthen not only the domestic workers but women at large. In the second session, Naga Women Hoho, Dimapur, secretary, Liangsi Newmai spoke on “Protection of women from domestic violence.” In the programme, skits portraying how women go through domestic violence in society were presented. The programme was organized by Human Rights Law Network (HRLN), Nagaland unit and National Domestic Workers Movement (NDWM), Nagaland unit. (With DIPR inputs; more reports inside) Helpline launched Women helpline no. 1092, a multi agency response to women facing violence in home was launched on the occasion of International Women’s Day at Kohima by chairperson of State Women Commission, Sano Vamuzo, Monday. An initiation of the Department of Women Development, the department has appealed the public for their coordination and expressed hope that it would give respite to women in trouble.

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