Three day training on ‘Gender Sensitization’ got underway at IETC Samati Hall, Medziphema. The training started on September 7 and would culminate on September 9.
ADC Medziphema S. Doungel who was the chief guest stated gender issue was an important issue with regard to development.
He said this issue was not only local or national but an International concern, adding “During our forefather’s period, men were considered as the head of the family and women were taken as caretakers of the house.
Women were not allowed to take part in decision-making and were considered as second class persons”.
According to an official bulletin, Doungel also urged on changing one’s mindset and that man and woman should be treated equally.
He also advocated the trainees, mostly officers from the agri department, to be attentive and sincere during the three day training and urged them to disseminate the message for the benefit of all.
Lecturer IETC I. Butang in his keynote address stated many developed countries as well as developing countries stressed on different policies in developmental plans in relation to gender issues.
Butang said in India after several successive Five Year Plan, government planners realized the issue during the 7th & 8th, i.e. in the late 20th century, and went on to add that in the 10th plan (2002-07) Department of Women & Child Development (DWCD) was created as Nodal Department by Government of India (2004).
He also pointed out that women in the agri sector was another initiative of the government as the present extension activities involves extension reforms in agri & allied sectors involving gender sensitization as one of the main components.
The programme was chaired by principal IETC Medziphema, Lanupokyim.