Webinar discusses women’s safety and security

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 8/10/2020 1:30:26 PM IST

Peace Channel and North East Institute of Social Sciences & Research (NEISSR) Dimapur organized a webinar on “women’s safety and security” on August 8. Resource persons for the webinar were Asha Sanchu, director Miqlat Ministry and Gracy Aye, state coordinator SRCW, Govt of Nagaland.

A release by Peace Channel stated that Fr. Dr. C.P. Anto, director, Peace Channel and principal, NEISSR in his introductory remarks stressed on how political will can play a great role in the process of protection of women and girls.

He held that if people actively promote and involve women in politics, in decision making and policy making, there will be better society where women’s concerns will be truly addressed.

Gracy Aye said that security and safety of women wasn’t confined to the plight of women alone but was a social issue and concern. From the perspective of Nagaland, she displayed myriad representation of violence faced by women, which in some cases was settled by customary law (mostly in villages) and order due to which many cases go unreported/unrecorded.

As per reports there were numerous cases of domestic violence, rape, murder and cybercrime that women face, and the way forward was not stigmatism but “it should start at home”, she added.

Speaking on the topic from the perspective of economic empowerment, Asha Sanchu shared that in the midst of the pandemic and lack of job opportunity, there was a need to promote sustainable, organic, durable and marketable skill development for women as means to empower them.

She observed that empowered women were less subjected to violence and at such juncture, she suggests having a holistic approach and engaging in social dialogue to bridge gaps between any loopholes.

Meanwhile, the session organized in concern to women welfare was also extended with the discussion of violence and abuse faced by men. In his remark Fr. C.P. Anto thanked collaborators Dimapur Christian Forum (DCF), Nagaland NGO’s Forum, Miqlat Ministry, SRCW etc.,

Earlier, the webinar was moderated by Vitono Haralu, trainer and consultant, Peace Channel, who delivered vote of thanks, followed by an interactive session.

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