RÜSOMA: Trained Nurses Association of India, Kohima Branch and Nagaland State Social Welfare Board conducted a “Mother & Child Health” programme in commemoration of Women’s Day at Rüsoma Village on March 8. Dominica, Home Sister, NHAK in her message said Naga society confined the role of women to household chores and that preference for a male child was still prevalent for property inheritance. Urging one to do away with this mindset, she said women should have equal opportunities and equal rights in the field of education, jobs. A free health camp was also conducted.
CHIZAMI: Women’s Day was celebrated in Chizami, bringing together 150 Women weavers from 8 villages on March 8 at NEN Resource Centre, in Phek district. Keeping in mind this year’s theme, “Equal rights, equal opportunities: Progress for all”. North East Network (NEN) organized an elocution and extempore speech competition for weavers where issues of gender equality and justice were deliberated. Seno Tsuhah, NEN deliberated on the significance and history of the day, while Kuthozulu Rose, president, Chakhesang Mothers’ Association highlighted on issues of health, representation of women at different levels and women as human rights defenders. P. Krome, SDO (Civil) also exhorted the gathering.
PEREN: Women’s Day was observed in Peren on March 8 organized by WIDEN-N in collaboration with Jalukie Valley Women’s Organization at Jalukie Town hall under the theme ‘Equal rights, equal opportunities: progress for all’.
Speaking on the occasion, Philip Gangmei Rongmei, advisor, Pui Organisation (RPO) urged mothers to change the mentality of their husband. He stated that though mothers had more rights to protection and safety, men still enjoyed more rights following the traditional way of life. G. Achingpei President of RPO & WIDEN-N challenged the mothers to play their parts in God’s given “equal rights”. A general annual meeting was also held where the house resolved to organize a yearly festival for Rongmei mothers and women in the district. The program would be organized as Indigenous cultural festival cum IWD of Rongmei Pui organization Peren district. The house also voiced that in regard to Rongmei Lu phuam and Rongmei Prayer ministry, there was confusion and doubling the community, adding there should be no crossing or by-passing activities without due acknowledgement and consent of the apex RPO.
Rev. H.M. Gonmei, advisor to RPO suggested for proper structure, and specific direction as per purpose and objectives for all the existing women’s organizations in the district and that prayer ministry be purely function through the church based organizations and not through the secular organization.
The meeting also deliberated that Luphuam three states functionary could also work better through the district unit which is Rongmei Pui Organization for Peren district and not having extra members or representatives other than RPO delegation.
The house also decided to collect Rs. 5 as yearly membership fees of women and girl in Peren district and RPO shall be the only apex Rongmei mothers’/women’s organization in the district where all transaction, communications or activities relating to Rongmei Pui affairs shall be dealt through RPO.