‘Need to increase participation of women in political arenas’

Recipients of the NSCW Award 2021 with Chief Secretary, J Alam, IAS; DGP, T John Longkumer, IPS, and senior government officials on the occasion of International Women’s Day at Hotel Vivor, Kohima on March 8. (DIPR Photo)
Recipients of the NSCW Award 2021 with Chief Secretary, J Alam, IAS; DGP, T John Longkumer, IPS, and senior government officials on the occasion of International Women’s Day at Hotel Vivor, Kohima on March 8. (DIPR Photo)

International Women’s Day celebrated in Nagaland

KOHIMA, MARCH 8 (MExN): The need to increase involvement of Nagaland’s women in decision making in political arenas was stressed on during the International Women’s Day celebration on March 8.  

Chairperson of the Nagaland State Commission for Women (NSCW), Khrienuo Tachü, applauded Naga women for their resilience and great fortitude amidst many challenges and setbacks. She said this while speaking at the progamme jointly organised by the NSCW, Nagaland State Social Welfare Board (NSSWB), and the State Resource Centre for Women (SRCW), under the Social Welfare Department. 

This year’s International Women’s Day was held under the theme ‘Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.’ The progamme at Hotel Vivor was held to celebrate and honour women across the State and the world, said a report from the DIPR.  

Tachü said that though Naga social institutions, norms and practices are more advantageous for men, Naga women have also become important leaders in various fields. She highlighted women leaders like Raino Shaiza, Neichiülieü Nikki Haralu, Dr Khrielieü Kire, Banuo Z Jamir, Professor 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. 

She added that though women are emerging as leaders in various fields, there is a need for 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. 

The NSCW Chairperson urged the Nagaland State Government to introduce the Acquired Property Bill in the Nagaland Legislative Assembly, stating that the issue is not with ancestral property, and it is the private decisions of the parents regarding acquired property.

She added that as a statutory body of the Government of Nagaland, the 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.

Commissioner & Secretary, Social Welfare, Sarah R Ritse meanwhile highlighted some of the women centric schemes and activities under the Ministry of Women & Child Development, of which 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. 

Ritse informed that states like Tamil Nadu visited Nagaland to study the success and progress of 181 Women Helpline and SRCW. She added that ICDS and One Stop Centre are among the good performing schemes which are at par with other states, stating that this speaks volume of the dedication and passion of the younger Naga women.

She however noted that “we still need to strive and make sure that every woman benefits from these schemes.” She also appealed to all stakeholders to work hand in hand with the district administration to make the schemes a success. 

Chief Secretary, Nagaland, J Alam 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, he stated. 

Alam noted that 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. The Chief Secretary said that the need of the hour is to recognise and honour the sacrifices and hard work of women in building their homes. 

The Chief Secretary meanwhile 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. 

A short video was screened, showing women working in various fields as entrepreneurs, nurses, bus conductors, taxi drivers, etc and the challenges they face in their professions as women. The programme was also attended by Director General of Police, Nagaland, JohnLongkumer along with a host of senior government officials and women leaders.