Manipur joins International Women’s Day celebration

Manipur joins International Women’s Day celebration
A rally on Beti Bachao Beti Padhao during an International Women’s Day celebrations in Manipur on Sunday.
Correspondent IMPHAL, Mar 8 | Publish Date: 3/8/2020 9:54:22 AM IST

Like in other parts of the globe, the International Women’s Day was celebrated in Manipur at various levels on Sunday.

On the occasion, All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union (AMWJU) presented gifts to the women journalists of the state while taking part in the celebration of the day. Attending a function, state information and public relations (IPR) minister Th Bishwajit acknowledged the role of the women in Manipuri society and said that it was because of the active role of the women in the society, Manipur was marching ahead in the development paces.

He said evidence that women have been taking active role in the society was shown by the historic event of Nupi Lal (Women’s War). Manipuri women waged two historic wars in 1904 and 1939 against mass exploitation and artificial famine triggered by the British imperialists.

“The historic events of Nupi Lal show that women in Manipur always enjoy a special status in society and have always taken an active role in shaping the society,” the IPR minister said.

Women journalists of the state also take active part in shaping the fourth pillar of democracy, he added.

He pointed out that in the state women have intruded into every profession. Even in the secretariat, the backbone of state administration, women officers have outnumbered their male counterparts in some sections, he added.

State education minister Th Radhedhyam who also took part in the celebration called for an end to the division of work between the women and men in a family.

“Only honouring the women on this day will not achieve the goal of celebrating the day. Let us accept the role of the women in a family as well as in the society,” he said. 

“Gender equality is the first step to women empowerment,” he added.

Celebrating the day, Ema Helping Hand Trust, a women-based NGO presented gifts to  widows and women vendors of the iconic all-women run market in Imphal. Manipur Baptist Convention (MBC) also celebrated the day with a grand function at MBC Central Church, Imphal.

The main highlight of the function was competition of choreography for women only.

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