International Girl Child Day observed in state

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Dimapur, October 11: Organized by the District Administration, District Level Centre for Women-Mahila Shakti Kendra (BBBP) and Sakhi-One Stop Centre, Mokokchung, a programme was held at Town Hall, Mokokchung in observance of International Girl Child Day on the theme “little girls with dreams become women with vision”.
Speaking on the occasion as the special guest, Commandant, 44 Assam Rifles, Col. Pradeep Kumar said “we are celebrating the day to awaken our thoughts on showing respect to girls.” He said everyone would achieve what they want if they have faith in themselves and asked the girls not to limit themselves in any way, but to pursue their dreams and passion.
Resource Person, Dr. Ayangla DPO (UIP and RCH), Mokokchung dwelt on the topic girl child health care and personal hygiene, Meyiben of Jubilee memorial School presented a song, Girl child voice was recited by Tiarenla of Town Higher Secondary School. Vote of thanks was proposed by Asenla Longkumer (Case Worker-OSC) while General Secretary, Ao senden, Imtipokyim said the benediction.
Deputy Commissioner, Mokokchung, Rajesh Soundararajan, in his concluding remark, asked the teachers and girl students to spread awareness and importance of Mahila Shakti Kendra which is a scheme to empower rural women through community participation to realize their full potential and asked them to visit the One Stop Centre.
Earlier extempore speech competition was held where students from six (6) schools in Mokokchung participated. The winner of the competition are 1st – Tonpangtsula Jamir of Edith Douglas School, 2nd – Onenjungla LKR of Queen Mary Higher Secondary School and 3rd – Anamika of Jubilee Memorial School.
Peren:
To promote the fulfilment of girl’s rights and empowerment, International Day of Girl Child was observed at Peren on October 11 at Town Hall, Peren Town on the theme “Little Girls with Dreams become Women with Vision”. The programme was organized by Peren District Administration in collaboration with District Level Centre for Women-MSK and Sakhi-One Stop under the banner of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP). The programme was graced by SDO (Civil), Rahul Mali (IAS).
SDO (C), Rahul Mali (IAS) said that girls should be given equal status in all the decision making body, without the involvement of the women in legislature, empowerment of women is impossible. He further stated that the traditional perspective of treating women should be curbed so as to develop women in general. Rahul Mali also exhorted the girls in the gathering to uphold their status as civilised citizens with exemplary services in the society.
Other highlights of the programme were Extempore Speech competition; Debate competition based on the topic- Empowering a girl is the best way to develop our nation and Painting competition- hygiene and healthcare, empowering of a girl, save a girl child.
Earlier, the programme was presided by Sakhi-One Stop Centre, Akosi Khate, while welcome address was delivered by Women Welfare Officer, MSK (BBBP), Heriateile and vote of thanks was proposed by Sakhi-One Stop Centre Counsellor, Grace.
Wokha:
Wokha District Administration in collaboration with Mahila Shakti Kendra (MSK) and Saki-One Stop Centre (OSC), Wokha under the banner of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao organized the International Girl Child Day on October 11 at Town Hall, on the theme “Empowering Girls for a Brighter Tomorrow”.
EAC (P), Wokha Molosangla Ozkum while delivering the key note address, said the significance of the day is to highlight and address the challenges faced by the girl child and she also stressed on the importance of promoting girls empowerment by providing proper education where Ozkum stated that support of male counterpart is the need of the hour to reduce violence against girl child to take the society forward.
She further stated that education has the key to open door for us to grab the potential in us where he said every girl child has the right to education and urged to encourage and empower them without any discrimination and stigma.
Advocate, Thungbeni Kikon, Case Worker, OSC who spoke on Girl Child’s Rights & protection dwelled on the legal aspects and other important issues relating to protection from physical and sexual abuse and other additional protections and rights and added that girls must be given same opportunity like boys and must be treated at par with girls.
Dr. Thungchanbeni. S Patton, from Department of Health & Family Welfare speaking on Girl Child Health care and Personal Hygiene, personal hygiene is very important as it is one of the most effective ways to protect our self and others from different type of infections and diseases.
She also spoke on the importance to keep hands clean and create the habit of washing hands to keep away from many kind of infections.
While addressing on teen pregnancy and unplanned pregnancy she stated there are many ill effects on the child health causing mentally and physical problem which becomes a burden not only for the family but for the society as well and urged them take precaution to avoid such instances.
SRCW:
The State Resource Centre for Women (SRCW) Nagaland along with the District Level Centre for Women (MSK) and 181-Women Helpline Nagaland observed the International Day of the Girl Child on the theme, “Little girls with dreams become women with vision.”
On this significant event, the team visited Maternity Wards of Naga Hospital Authority, Kohima to felicitate new born children and mothers. The visit was initiated to celebrate the birth of the girl child, acknowledge and encourage the mothers to bring up their children without any preferences and to promote the security and education for the girl child. A total of 30 children and mothers were felicitated on this auspicious day.
To mark its significance, the October month has been designated as the Month of the Girl Child. The month long campaign will cover various institutions, communities and care giver societies to meet the objectives of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) which focuses to celebrate the girl child, enable her education and to ensure survival and protection of the Girl Child. The drive will also create awareness for the fulfillment of girls’ rights and empowerment.
(Page News Service)