IWD 2021: Nagaland recognises women in leadership

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 3/8/2021 1:33:48 PM IST

Various organisations, departments and institutions celebrated “international women’s day (IWD)” under the theme “women in leadership: achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world” across the state on March 8. Every year, IWD celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

Wokha: Wokha district administration, DLCW-MSK in collaboration with SAKHI-OSC, Wokha district legal services authority (WDLSA) & Lotha Eloe Hoho under Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) organised IWD at VDB hall, Wokha.

According to DIPR report, judicial magistrate first class, Nagaland Judicial Services (NJS) & secretary WDLSA, Khrievono Seletsu said that women demonstrated their skills, knowledge and networks to effectively lead in COVID-19 response and due to their competency and efforts during the crisis, there was more acceptation than before.

EAC (Judicial) Wokha, I. Yentinoungbou acknowledged the contributions and efforts women have made in bringing about change and reformation in various fields.

During the function, awards were presented to winners of selfie competition conducted during the month of January 2021 on national girl child week held on the topic “dati-podi” (grandmother- granddaughter). Short speech was also delivered by President Lotha Eloe Hoho, Zuchopeni Ezong.

Other highlights of the programme included presentation of drama by GHSS Class-12 students, dance by Ganadora group and special number by Nchumbemo Patton.

NE postal region-III Dmu: North East postal region-III Dimapur celebrated IWD here on Monday, at its Dimapur MDG with prodigal’s home director K Ela as special guest. 

Speaking at the programme, Ela in her speech emphasised on the situation of women in the local grounds and how to make sure that they rise up to the position of leadership and laid emphasis on the education of the girl child. 

She shared the importance of emergency helpline number-181, which was launched in all the districts to help women in distress. 

Dwelling on the local reality on how to improve the situation, Ela as a social worker shared her experience. She said that it was not only men who battled with substance abuse but there were women as well.

Ela said that domestic violence knew no religion, caste, education, community and caste thereby everyone must support one another and be the voice to help those in distress. 

“Let us not forget that we are all same and we are sisters, our hearts are one and stand with one another, when you stand for a girl you are standing up for many women” Ela added.

She further requested the department to create more awareness on the various schemes for women and girls so that every single child and women get access and benefit from it. 

Speech on DOP products was presented Joshline Sangma. (Staff Reporter)

DEO Dmu: District Education Office (DEO) Dimapur celebrated IWD here on Monday at its office premises, which was organised by Samagra Shiksha Dimapur. 

Adult education supervisor Nokenwaba highlighted and wished the women staff on the occasion.

Nokenwaba also said that the world would be nothing without the presence of women.  

The programme was chaired by Samagra Shiksha project assistant Dihilo Dukha, invocation by Hoshito Yeptho, special song by Inato Wotsa.

Gift packs were also provided to the women staff honouring them for their contribution. Later, benediction was proposed by Akato Assumi. 

Dimapur police: Dimapur Police on Monday celebrated IWD at DCP Zone II office, near DC Office. Commemorating IWS, a health awareness camp was also organised. 

Addressing the gathering, commissioner of Police, Dimapur, Rohthihu Tetseo maintained that the police personnel hardly had any time to celebrate such auspicious day because of their policing duties.  

He thus maintained that the celebration was a very significant day for all women personnel. 

Further lamenting on the zero percentile of women bureaucrats in the assembly, Tetseo maintained that according to 2013 census from the statistical data, women covered only 21% of total govt employees, while in 2018, it increased to only 30%. He further added that a number of 78 women were elected as MP’s in the Indian parliament, while the state has not yet been able to elect a single MLA and urged women folk to be concerned about it. Based on the theme, he challenged the entire women of the sate to participate in politics. 

President, Inner wheel Club, Dimapur, Sanjukta Bhattacharjee expressed gratitude to the women police personnel for their strength and the sacrifices made despite being mothers, daughters, sisters and a wives. 

She further quoted, “If u want something said, ask a men, if you want something done, ask a woman.”

Earlier, the programme was chaired by ACP, Ketoukhrielie Metha and invocation offered by UBSI, Women PS, Tajungsangla, while welcome note was delivered by DCP Zone II, Dimapur, Aotula T Imchen. 

After the programme, interactive and awareness session and on breast cancer and medical tests was carried out by Dr. Nitin Agarwal and Dr. Khushboo Agarwal. (Staff Reporter)

Book launch on IWD: Martin Luther Christian University Shillong (MLCU), on Monday organised book launching and community outreach programme on career guidance and life skill development, commemorating IWD, at PLS Auto Sheel Industries Pvt. Ltd. at Dimapur. 

Launching the book written by Ryntihlin Jennifer War and Glenn C Kharkongor, chief guest for the launching programme, dean, SASRD, NU, Prof. Akali Sema spoke on the theme “choose to challenge”.

The professor shared that the book spoke about the changes in the lifestyles of women folk, achievements and that there was still a long way ahead. 

She further maintained that women’s role in every aspect of life was recognised, however lamented biased treatment and inequality in some cultures. 

Earlier, the programme was chaired by state head, PLS Auto Shell Pvt. Ltd., Tokato V Chishi and book briefing by HoD, nutrition and diets, MLCU, Dr. Melody Marpna. (Staff Reporter)

Noklak: On the occasion, SP Noklak IPS Dr. Pritpal Kaur stated that with Noklak being a new district, she advocated for women empowerment in every domain.

She briefed about the legal rights and government policies and various schemes for women such as Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP), Sakhi, Mudra loans, STEP and others.

Kaur also informed that 21 farmers who were sent to Dimapur for 45-day training by Noklak police in collaboration with CIH had returned with better understanding on farming and value addition.

The SP also spoke about increasing crime against women and children such as women trafficking, cyber crime, pornography, child labor etc.

Kaur also mentioned that Noklak honey project would help in income generating avenues for women in the district.

Chongtin Khiamniungan students union stated that women should take lead in every domain and try to excel in her passion while NE Olympic gold medallist in marathon, Tsuchoi motivated the women to pursue a career in sports.

SP Noklak who felicitated women achievers and children’s home also sponsored school admission to 12 children.

Dimapur district administration: Dimapur district administration in collaboration with the district level centre for women-Maha Shakti Kendra (DLCW-MSK) Dimapur and Sakhi- One-stop Centre (OSC) Dimapur, celebrated IWD.

According to DIPR report, special guest, deputy commissioner (DC) Dimapur Rajesh Soundararajan noted that women’s intangible contribution was the most important in any household.

“Many a times society takes the intangible contribution for granted but one should realise that the intangible contribution by women is contributing to the tangible outcomes” he stated.

Observing that women were not given their due rights initially he noted that over the years, good sense had prevailed in the society and with the efforts of rights-based organisations, women were given equal opportunities for aspiring various goals and shouldering responsibilities in the society.

From the administration, ADC Dimapur, V Lovitoly Sema was nominated and awarded for shouldering the onerous responsibilities of managing and coordinating the efforts of Dimapur district in the fight against COVID 19 pandemic.

From the medical field, deputy chief medical officer, Dr. Antoly Suu was awarded for her contribution in health care setting and for being the backbone and consistent face of the medical department.

Other awardees were officer-in-charge of women police station, Rose Yanthan for her relentless effort and services rendered in acquiring justice to women, protecting and preventing atrocities against women. Akumtila Longkumer was awarded for her achievements in the field of games and sports at national and state level, Hasna Kumar and Kikrusenuo were felicitated for being the top female scorers under Dimapur district while in the field of academic excellence, government teacher (science), Watimenla was awarded for her contribution towards girl child education.

Digamber Jain Girls’ College Dimapur was also felicitated for the society’s concern for female education, Geeta Kumari was nominated for the award for her contribution towards health and sanitation for women at the grassroots level, from art and culture, Zuchobeni Tungoe was felicitated for being the only female contestant from North East India who made it to top 15, VLCC Femina Miss India 2020. 

Director and co- founder Ilando Services Private Limited, Lipokjungla Ozukum was awarded in the local female entrepreneur category while Naga Women Hoho Dimapur was felicitated in the civil societies category.

Under non-governmental organisation, missionaries of charity Dimapur, affiliated to the missionaries of charity Kolkata was awarded for serving people irrespective of caste or religion.

Mokokchung: In commemoration of the IWD, a programme was organised by Mokokchung district administration and Sakhi one stop centre Mokokchung at Ongpangkong Salang.

According to DIPR, while speaking at the occasion, superintendent of police (SP) Mokokchung, Vishal said that in Naga society, women were given maximum freedom and rights in all aspects, but there was an increase of domestic violence therefore, he asked the women folk not to take any kind of oppression but to report to the authority immediately should there be any oppression against them. He assured that the Mokokchung Police was there to ensure women folk were safe in the society.

SDO (C), Mokokchung, Dharam Raj in his short speech maintained that Nagaland was best when it came to providing rights to women but there were less participation when it came to playing key roles in the society.

Another programme was held earlier at town hall, Mokokchung organised by district administration & DLCW-MSK (Beti Bachao Beti Padhao) Mokokchung, where 10 women frontline workers were felicitated.

DC, Mokokchung, Limawapang Jamir who was the special guest thanked women frontline workers for working tirelessly during the pandemic.

The following frontline workers were awarded: women sanitary workers - Masasula, Bendangmenla, Ozungtula, Tsungo and Sashilila; medical/health workers - CMO Mokokchung, Dr. Chubala Aier and Microbiologist IMDH Mokokchung Narosenla; Women Police - No. 3889 W/P THC Kirenjungla, women police station DEF; civil society - Watsu president Maonginla, MTBA associate pastor women, Shilula Imchen.

To mark the occasion, Royal Enfield Club, Mokokchung distributed flowers to women during their ride around Mokokchung Town which was flagged off by DC and SP Mokokchung.

LRD Kohima: Department of Land Resource Kohima district celebrated IWD with 17 self help groups (SHGs) at Kohima village council hall here on Monday.  

Speaking on the occasion, Kewhimiapfü Mechü Krotho president, Er. Neingumeü Kire appreciated the department for organising the programme for women and said that it was time to retrospect, to honour and celebrate the sacrifices of women.

Kire shared stories of women achievers and challenged the SHGs not to depend on government financial assistance.

Earlier, the programme was chaired by assistant inspector resources Kohima, Agnese N Phewhuo, keynote address by DPO Kohima, Dr. Menuosietuo Tseikha and vote of thanks by APO Sentinungla. An interaction was also conducted where SHGs shared their experiences, success and aspirations. (Correspondent)

Longleng: District administration in collaboration with Phom Baptist Christian Association (PBCA), Bati Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP), MSK - district level centre for women (MSK-DLCW) and Sakhi one stop centre Longleng organised IWD and seminar on “women’s rights and privileges” at PBCA convention hall.  

Addressing the women folk present, DC Longleng said that there was a special provision for women under the Indian constitution and that they had legal rights under women empowerment Act.

He also said that despite substantial progress and achievement in human development, violence against women and girls remained a critical issue which required everyone’s participation. 

In this regard, he urged upon the NGOs, intellectuals, church and students community to carry out the responsibilities in imparting awareness to the masses especially in rural areas.

In her Keynote address, EAC Longleng, Pichano Kikon asserted that the significant of the day was to recognise the responsibility and contribution of women in various fields and to educate them to avail their rights.

Later, in the seminar, resource person Pichano Kikon spoke on the “rules and functions of DC office” while UBSI women OC, Longleng, Yantsula spoke on the “role of women police”. Dr. Obangjungla CMO, Longleng spoke on “rights of women’s health” and Phom CDPO, Longleng, T. Longlang spoke on PMMVY schemes.

LDM Mokokchung & Longleng, K. Athili spoke on banking, insurance, applying scholarship and Atal pension scheme while panel lawyer, DLSA, Longleng advisor, P. Monyei Phom emphasised on “fundamental rights and duties”.

DLSA Longleng panel lawyer, P. Phongla Phom and OSC, Longleng centre administrator C. Henchum Phom spoke on “schemes for women & girl child” and “domestic violence” respectively. (Correspondent)

Zunheboto: Zunheboto district celebrated IWD at town hall. The programme was jointly organised by district administration, Sumi Totimi Hoho, social welfare department, district level centre for women- MSK and Sakhi OSC.

According to DIPR report, the programme started with banner march from SBCZ ground to town hall led by EAC Zunheboto, N. Nyamok Konyak.

EAC Orenthung Kikon also spoke at the occasion and exhorted the womenfolk on various aspects of life.

The programme was chaired by EAC N. Nyamok Konyak, short speeches were delivered by advocate Easter, UBSI Women PS Kengbame, Dr. Shikatoli, Cornerstone school teacher Inakali Swu and assistant general secretary, Grace. Social welfare officer Ikali delivered the vote of thanks and associate Pastor SBCZ Ashetoli pronounced benediction.

KBCK: Konyak Baptist Church Kohima Women ministry organised IWD for women of the Konyak community at KBCK Kohima here on Monday evening under the theme “women in leadership”. 

Exhorting the gathering, former general secretary KNSK Kohima, CN. Mo-e highlighted the plight of women in the society. 

She said the existence of “glass ceiling” the invisible barrier hindered women’s growth and equality and also mentioned the absence of single women representative in Nagaland Legislative Assembly. 

Moe also informed on the importance of right of property and ownership of land that will enhance the status of women in the society.

Voicing out the issue of women, she challenged the gathering to choose the career paths which were male oriented and to ensure to have voting ID cards which was the first step in exercising decision making.

She further encouraged women not to be silent but to raise the voice against violence, crimes against women and to teach young women to cope with the challenging world as a good leader should. 

Earlier, pastor KBCK pronounced dedicatory prayer to the women congregation. (Correspondent)

KVK Kohima: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Kohima celebrated IWD at Kigwema village under the theme “women leadership in agriculture”. Delivering the keynote address, Dr. Temjennungsang ACTO (Animal Science) said that the day marked a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

A technical session on mushroom cultivation was also conducted where resource persons K Micheal Pienyu ACTO (plant protection) and Khekali Sema ACTO (horticulture) spoke on the topics “production technology on mushroom and “nutritional benefits of mushroom”.

Training officer (TO), Keviyeno Zhasa delivered on the topic “value addition in mushroom”. During the programme, Akhrie Yhoshu shared her experiences on mushroom cultivation

Earlier, Keviyeno Zhasa chaired the programme and vote of thanks by SMS (Agronomy), Puchono Kweho. The programme was attended by farm women of Kigwema village.


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