Mnp Guv asks CM to invite home ministers of NE to UN conference

Mnp Guv asks CM to invite home ministers of NE to UN conference
Manipur Governor along with Chief Minister at the foundation day celebration of Manipur State Commission for Women in Imphal on Sunday.
Corespondent IMPHAL, Sep 15 | Publish Date: 9/15/2019 10:25:02 AM IST

Manipur Governor Dr Najma Heptulla on Sunday announced that Manipur will host the United Nations International Conference to discuss issues related to drug menace and HIV/AIDS in the region.

The conference is scheduled from September 30 to October 1, she informed in her address at the 13th Foundation Day celebration of the Manipur State Commission for Women held at Hotel Imphal on Sunday. 

The Governor said that delegates from around seven countries would be participating at the international conference and urged the state chief minister who will also attended the conference to invite the home ministers of all North-eastern states.

“We can have a comprehensive policy to deal with such issues in the region if they attended the conference,” she added.

Expressing concern over the increasing atrocity on women and children like molestation, gang-rape, sexual assault in the state in the last few years, she called upon all stakeholders from different cross sections of the society to fight as one to set right the wrongs against women.   

She opined that women also suffer from other debilitating challenges which put them at a serious disadvantage. 

HIV/AIDS infected mothers, sisters, widows and orphans were soft targets for social stigma and discrimination and various forms of related human rights violations, she added.

She stated that many women specific and women related legislations to protect women against social discrimination, violence and atrocities etc. have been enacted. 

However, the full implementation of such laws is still hindered or delayed due to lack of awareness of the existence of such legislations, she added.

She urged the commission to explore the ways and means on how to eliminate all man-made social aberrations and means to prevent all crimes against women with the help of law enforcing agencies of the state.  

“The commission may also take up the issue of non-implementation of laws enacted to provide protection and also persevere to achieve the objectives of equality and development of women,” she suggested.

Addressing the occasion, chief minister N Biren Singh said that women of the state have been in the forefront in various fields including sports. 

Stating that the state government has introduced many welfare schemes for women and was focussed on women empowerment, Singh said that the present government was committed to uplift the lives of the women and encouraging women to live with dignity. 

Several women were being given key positions in various departments including DCs and SPs in the state, he added.

Stating that rampant drug menace and alcoholism has huge adverse impact in the society, the chief minister appealed the mothers and women of the state to fight united to root out such problems from the state.

On the occasion, the dignitaries released a newsletter titled “Women News Horizon- Vol-III”.

Member of National Commission for Women Soso Shaiza, chairperson of Manipur State Commission for Women Prof Binota Meinam, former chairpersons and members of the commission were among others who attended the celebration function.


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