EA conducts programme for women street vendors

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Dimapur, May 1: As part of its ongoing initiative ‘Uplifting women street vendors’ project, the Entrepreneurs Associates’ organized a day long programme at Dimapur in partnership with the Dimapur District Legal Services Authority (DDLSA); the Dr K & T Keditsu Foundation and Caring Friends, India. A follow up of a prior session, the second cycle of the programme at Dimapur witnessed sessions on legal rights, health care and financial management. Around 100 women street vendors from all over Dimapur district attended the programme.
Addressing the gathering, Chief Judicial Magistrate of Dimapur cum the DDLSA secretary Ajongba Imchen encouraged the vendors to know their rights and be empowered through the knowledge. Also observing the International Labour Day, he said that the constitution also ensures certain rights and privileges for vendors in all parts of the country.
Stating that proper toilets and drinking water are basic needs that should be available to them at all their work places, he encouraged the women to fight for what is rightfully theirs. Delving on the intricacies of the Street Vendors Act that was passed in India in 2014, he informed that it is yet to be put in place in Nagaland. Following his talk, the CJM and the panel lawyers from the DDSLA interacted with the women and informed them that they could avail their services if required any time they needed.
Representing the Dr K &T Keditsu Foundation, Dr Thejavinuo Keditsu spoke about the common ailments that can affect women at any age and time.
The Entrepreneurs Associates (EA) also provided intensive inputs on financial literacy and management; stressing on the importance of savings. Neichute Doulo, CEO & Coordinator of EA and Social Group of Ventures spoke about the need for them to plan for their finances.
A session on the saving schemes and products of EA under its cooperatives wing EATACOL was conducted by Temsurenla Ao, Branch Manager, Dimapur.
EA has conducted similar workshops in Kohima and Pfutsero with plans for more in other districts of the State.
(Page News Service)