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NSWC launches IFOVW
Correspondent KOHIMA, NOV 25 (NPN):
Published on 26 Nov. 2010 12:43 AM IST
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Nagaland State Women Commission (NSWC) Thursday launched International Fortnight Observation on Elimination of Violence against Women at Kohima. With today’s launch, the commission would visit all district headquarters from November 25 to December 10.
Along with the fortnight observation, White Ribbon Campaign (WRC), an international campaign by men to stop violence against women, was also launched with additional chief secretary & development commissioner Alemtemshi Jamir as its first ambassador. The launching was held Thursday in observation of the 11th anniversary of International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women celebrated on the theme “the structure of violence: defining the intersections of militarism and violence against women.”
Alemtemshi Jamir said violence against women had to be understood and not just spoken about.
He said that violence against women was reflective of the nature of society and could be the symptom of a disease affecting the society.
The addl. chief secy. pointed out that half-baked understanding of traditions by Nagas could be one of the factors affecting modern Naga society.
Also, making an opinion that poverty was another reason in inciting violence, Jamir underlined the need to look at poverty and other economic issues in eliminating violence against women.
He maintained that issues of violence were inter-related with economy of the state, adding one topic cannot be discussed in isolation.
Further, Jamir said violence of any kind, not just against women, echoes negative impact in the society.
He called for elimination of total violence in the state, saying that society would not emerge healthily with such barriers.
Dwelling on the White Ribbon Campaign, Alemtemshi said men should wear the White Ribbon, considering that men were usually the “abusers.” He also urged men Hohos and organizations to take the lead in elimination of violence against women.
NSWC chairperson Sano Vamuzo said it was time Naga men spoke out on the issue of violence against women and that men should be agents of change.
She said White Ribbon Campaign was introduced in Nagaland to encourage supporters, both men and women, to work together towards banishing and eliminating violence against women.
“Create a safe and fear-free environment for your women starting today,” Sano called out.
The White Ribbon Campaign is the largest effort of men in ending violence against women; and wearing the white ribbon signifies ones commitment never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls.
IGP training & border P. Jongpong Jamir who spoke on strategy for elimination of crime against women, said Naga society, which had been praised for high and equal status of women with men, had changed dramatically over the past few years with alarming increase of crimes against women.
He pointed that that degradation of women’s status in Naga society could be results of gender inequality and patriarchal system in which women are not included for any kind of policy and decision making.
Highlighting strategies for redressal of crime against women, Jongpong Jamir pointed out that women had to be aware of their rights, strategy on women literacy, law enforcing agency, judiciary, gender equality, social and cultural change employment of women victims, introduction of special cell and court for women, social defence organization and the like.
NPMHR convenor Atoho Kiho said Naga society needed to strike a balance between its customary laws and common laws, and come out with a clear uniform law which was complementary to women’s rights.
Stating that most potent weapon in the hands of the people was the people themselves, he encouraged the women commission to be more assertive and continue to sensitize people.

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