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4th Mykifest begins at Kisama village

4th Mykifest begins at Kisama village
R Khing (middle row 3rd-L) with his wife and other departmental officials at Kisama on Thursday. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, DEC 2 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/2/2021 1:33:15 PM IST

The 4th Mykifest began at the Heritage Village, Kisama, organised by the department of women resources development.

Special guest during the inaugural programme, advisor for animal husbandry and women resource development, R Khing, said the department was working to empower women so that they could rise up and start working in strengthening the hands of their husband and children. He said women could also contribute in minimising the cost of the present lifestyle by sharing the financial burden of the family by generating an income. He pointed out that in the past women were limited only to child bearing and taking care of the kitchen, however with the change of time women were now outshining men in every field.

Khing expressed happiness at the progress of women who have strived and earned laurels in many areas including education and employment avenues.

Lamenting over the lack of women in politics and governing bodies, Khing said it was time women come forward in these areas. He said there was no women legislator and, on that note, he challenged the womenfolk to come and contest in elections and be members even in the State Assembly.

The advisor said in the present times, if the womenfolk move forward then the whole society would follow in their footpath.

In that regard he urged women to come to the frontline and lead the people to a higher level so that Nagaland could also compete with the rest of the country and the world.

Sharing the introductory note, commissioner & secretary, department of women resource development & horticulture, Anenla T Sato, IAS said as part of the Mykifest, the department would be displaying products at the fruit and vegetable processing centre at Meriema. She disclosed that the department was also displaying books and literary items authored by Naga women writers.

A special number was presented by Esther Dailiam who later enthralled the audience during the musical extravaganza.

It may be mentioned here that Mykifest was launched in 2017-2018 in Kohima with an aim to promote upcoming women entrepreneurs, artisans, artistes, cultivators and social groups by providing a platform for them to showcase, sell their products and farm produces.

Mykifest also recognises women as equal partners in the overall development of the State, especially in the field of socio-economic development.

Since, then Mykifest has been celebrated as an annual event by the department and also is a part of the event calendar of the annual hornbill festival.

The word Myki is made up of the words “My” in from the English word mine and “Ki” meaning home or house in many major Naga dialects.

Put together, the word Myki means “My Home”, a place where women could come together to find common ground to take up meaningful and sustainable livelihood activities together.

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