Nagaland Women Commission (NWC) Chairperson Sano Vamuzo lamented that though 33% women reservation Act ensured inclusion of women in decision making in civic bodies, passed by both Parliament and State Assembly, the state had miserably failed to implement the Act.
NWC Sano Vamuzo said this while delivering a keynote address at the sub-division level women seminar on the theme “Towards a new horizon” at Pughoboto in Zunheboto district on February 18 and Tuli under Mokokchung district on February 25 with the co-ordination of Sumi Totimi Hoho and Watsü Mundang.
NWC Chairperson Sano Vamuzo further stressed the need for Naga women to know their rights and privileges so that their voice would be heard and would not be exploited socially, economically and politically. In this regard, she said the NWC expected every enlightened Naga women would care to tell their sisters in the rural places about their rights and privileges so that they were not exploited.
She said “Women are not fighting for equality with men as it is clearly stated in the Bible (Gal 5:1, Gal: 3:28) that God created men and women equal and that they are all one in Jesus Christ who sets us free from all bondages of inferiority complex, fear, shame etc.
She added that women should know their role but reminded there were many obstacles needed to be cleared which hinders progress because of the patriarchal society.
On the prevailing Naga society, she pointed out that in spite of many tribal Hohos, societies, NGOs everywhere and also different denominations, political parties and factions among Naga national workers, the land today is bleeding due to hatred, selfishness, greed, jealousy, pride and suspicion. She further reminded that women are the peacemakers in the family and likewise advocated they should be peacemakers in the society.
“We are one, and we want our Naga family to be good family”, she added.
Earlier, she also exhorted on brief history of how women issue was accepted in UN in 1945, setting up of India National Women Commission in 1990 and Nagaland Women Commission in 2007 and its activities and objectives.
At Pughoboto sub-division women seminar, the inaugural programme was chaired by NWC member Abeni TCK, invocation prayer by Rev. Akhato Achumi, Pastor Pughoboto Town Baptist Church, exhortation by A. Chumremo Odyuo, ADC, Pughoboto and vote of thanks by Ellen Konyak, member NWC.
Lydia Yeptho, Legal Consultant, NWC exhort the seminar was the resource person on “Legal Rights & Women followed by discussion. In the second session Kitoli Yeptho, DIS, Pughoboto and Dr. Avika P Jimo, MO, Pughoboto exhorted the seminar as resource persons on “Importance of Girl Child’s education” & “Women & Health” followed by discussion.
Similarly, the inaugural programme at Tuli was chaired by Ellen Konyak, member, NWC followed by invocation prayer by S. I Tuden Ao, Pastor Town Baptist Church Tuli, greetings from President Watsü Mundang, Tuli Division Asenla Keitzar, ADC Mokokchung exhorted the gathering while Abeni TCK, member NWC proposed the vote of thanks. Neilavoü Keditsu, additional director, women development and Vihielie, advocate, exhorted the seminar as resource persons on the topic “Women Empowerment” & “Legal Rights & Women” respectively. Obangla Ao, Rtd headmistress, Mokokchung and Dr. Amenla Walling, SMO, Tuli exhorted the seminar on “Importance of Girl Child’s Education” and “Women & Health” respectively.