Kohima, March 08 (NEx): Celebrating and honouring women across the State and World, Nagaland observed the International Women’s Day 2021 under the theme “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world” at Hotel Vivor, Kohima today.
On the occasion, the Chief Secretary of Nagaland, J. Alam presented the Nagaland State Commission for Women Award 2021 to five women achievers, namely Abeiu Meru, President, Naga Mothers’ Association; Dr. Vezokholu Theyo, Chief Medical Officer, Kohima; Dr. Visakhonü Hibo, President, Nagaland College Principals’ Association and Principal, Japfu Christian College, Kigwema; Pastor S. Anungla, Pastor, Chang Baptist Church, Kohima, and Inspector Rose Yanthan (UBI), Officer-in-Charge, Women Cell, Police Station, Dimapur.
The Chief Secretary said that in his career of 30 years, he has seen positive changes and that Naga women are coming forward in many fields. However, a lot still needs to be continued as when one goes through any social change, there is disruption in customs and traditions. Over the last one year, many Naga women showed leadership qualities in fighting against COVID-19, and he applauded the women for the hard work and for quietly working to achieve their goals. He said that the need of the hour is to recognise and honour the sacrifices and hard work of the women in building their homes.
Commissioner & Secretary, Social Welfare, Sarah R. Ritse highlighted some of the women centric schemes and activities under the Ministry of Women & Child Development, of which the Social Welfare is the nodal department. She mentioned that under NSCW, schemes like 181 Women Helpline, Childline 1098, State Protection Services addressed violence against women and children during the pandemic, also bringing up the gap in services for rehabilitation and repatriation of victims of domestic violence, victims of trafficking, and persons with special needs.
States like Tamil Nadu visited Nagaland to study the success and progress of 181 Women Helpline and SRCW. ICDS and One Stop Centre are among the good performing schemes which are at par with other states, and this speaks volume of the dedication and passion of the younger Naga women, though we still need to strive and make sure that every woman benefits from these schemes, Ritse said.
She also appealed to the stakeholders to work hand in hand with the District Administration and to make the schemes a success.
Chairperson, NSCW, Khrienuo Tachü, applauded the Naga women for their resilience and great fortitude amidst many challenges and setbacks. She said that though our social institutions, norms and practices are more advantageous for men, Naga women have also become important leaders in various fields.
She highlighted on women leaders like Raino Shaiza, Neichiülieü Nikki Haralu, Dr. Khrielieü Kire, Banuo Z. Jamir, Prof. Temsula Ao, Rev. Dr. Noksangchila and many more who have been role models for women both at home and outside the State. She said that with the changing times, though both daughters and sons are given equal opportunities and access to education, there are still norms, expectations and obstacles that women have to overcome.
Khrienuo stressed on the point that though women are emerging as leaders in various fields, there is a need for the Naga society in general to introspect on women attaining leadership in the political arena, and for women to be given more space in decision making, both in the local and state level.
She also requested the State Government to introduce the Acquired Property Bill in the Nagaland Legislative Assembly, stating that the issue is not with the ancestral property, and it is the private decisions of the parents regarding acquired property, but as a statutory body of the Government of Nagaland, NSCW seeks to intervene in cases where parents who have no sons but have only daughters are faced with the issue of inheritance of acquired property.
The programme was jointly organised by Nagaland State Commission for Women (NSCE), Nagaland State Social Welfare Board (NSSWB), State Resource Centre for Women (SRCW), under Social Welfare Department.
A short video was screened, showing women working in various fields as Entrepreneurs, Nurse, Bus Conductor, Taxi Driver, etc. and the challenges they face in their professions as women. The Director General of Police, Nagaland, John Longkumer also attended the programme along with a host of senior government officials and women leaders.
(With inputs from DIPR)