National Girl Child day celebrated across Nagaland

Winners of the extempore speech competition along with the organisers at the Inter-school Extempore speech competition held in commemoration of National Girl Child Day held at Town hall, Mokokchung on January 24. (Morung Photo)

Winners of the extempore speech competition along with the organisers at the Inter-school Extempore speech competition held in commemoration of National Girl Child Day held at Town hall, Mokokchung on January 24. (Morung Photo)

Morung Express News
Dimapur | January 24

Along with the rest of the country, the National Girl Child Day was celebrated across Nagaland on January 24. 

In Mokokchung, the District Administration & District Level Centre for Women, Mahila Shakti Kendra (BBBP) celebrated the day at Town Hall,  Mokokchung by organising an inter-school extempore speech competition.

Limawabang Jamir, Deputy Commissioner, Mokokchung released the BBBP calendar published by DLCW, MSK (BBBP) to commomerate the day. 

In a short speech, he noted that the "Gender equality does not mean comparing the two genders on a physiological level. That is a futile argument.”

“It is not the physical strength that we should be equating, but the psychological, social, ideological and financial level," Jamir added. 

He further said that the situation is however gradually changing and women are becoming aware of their rights and are asserting themselves like never before.

 "Women are asserting themselves like never before and creating a new space for themselves, challenging the patriarchal order in the process", he added. 

The Deputy Commissioner also appealed all the girl child and every citizen who are above 18 years of age to get themselves vaccinated.

Dr Imlirenla Walling, former president,  Watsu Mungdang, who was the speaker for the day encouraged the young girls to embrace, love and respect oneself and know one's worth. 

She talked about various aspects through which women can be empowered which included taking education seriously, knowing one's rights and privileges and to be economically and financially independent women.

She also asserted that women should be aware of the legal rights and should know one's identity and status first in order to empower oneself.

In the extempore speech competition, Moasungla of Jubilee Memorial School was awarded the first place while Yimdangjungla of Eden Academy and Aditi Singh of Jubilee Memorial School were awarded the second and third place respectively. 

Award was also given to 20 Government Primary Schools and 8 Middle School for '100%  transition of Girl Child in school' by Sentilong Ozukum, Nodal Officer, DLCW-MSK (BBBP), Mokokchung.

In Phek, the day was observed with the distribution of  gift hampers and certificates to the new born baby girls at District Hospital Phek and PHC Lozaphuhu village by the District Administration and District Level Centre for Women- Mahila Shakti Kendra BBBP, Phek.

The hampers was given to encourage institutional delivery in celebration of Girl Child birth, under the theme "Empowering girls for a brighter tomorrow" on January 24. 

Covid Safety kits measures were also distributed to ASHA and Anganwadi workers under Phek district.

In Kohima, the District Level Centre for Women- Mahila Shakti Kendra, Kohima in collaboration with the State Resource Centre for Women celebrated the day by launching a series of IEC materials and billboards at Nagaland State Social Welfare Board.

The IEC materials and billboards, launched by Sarah R Ritse, Commissioner & Secretary, were developed by the State Resource Centre for Women and covers various commissions, services and schemes under the department such as Nagaland State Commission for Women, State Commission for Persons with Disabilities, Child Protection Services, Schemes under the NSSWB- 181- Women Helpline, BBBP, OSC etc. 

In an event sponsored  by NABARD and facilitated by NSRLM Changtongya Block, the Yaongyimsen villagers comprising of girl children and their mothers also observed the day. 

During the same Amarjit Mangang, DDM NABARD Mokokchung highlighted the significance of the day while Temsulepden Branch Manager NStCB, Ltd Changtongya Branch emphasised on the needs and importance of opening a saving bank account for a girl child to the parents gathered. 

Speaking on “Girl Child Empowerment” Moanungsang, BPM NSRLM Changtongya Block, encouraged parents to ensure quality education to every child irrespective of boy or girl child. 

He further deliberated on need of celebrating birth of a girl child in the family and community; promotion of equality and equity both for boy and girl child in the family; and to educate and orient the sons to ensure respect for the opposite sex are prominently cultivated, a DIPR report informed. 

After the programme, DDM NABARD handed over gifts to all girls children participating during the event, it added. 
The District Administration Peren, District Level Centre for Women and Sakhi-One Stop Centre in collaboration with the Childline 1098 also celebrated the day as  National Girl Child Day-cum-Sports Meet under BBBP at Samziuram Baptist Church on January 25.