Dimapur, May 4: A 1-day international seminar on ‘Women and development: Reflections from Thailand & Nagaland (India)’ was jointly organized by the Women’s Studies Centre & Department of Education, Nagaland University, on May 4 at the Kohima Campus, Meriema. In his keynote address, Prof. G.T Thong (Pro-Vice Chancellor, Kohima Campus, NU) commended the organizers for facilitating such a platform for knowledge sharing, advancement of knowledge and cross border research, to look beyond one’s own borders and draw inspiration from one another. He encouraged the gathering by joining in the call for a more inclusive and sensitive approach to women everywhere for a balanced development.
Sharing reflections from Thailand, two speakers from Chiangmai University in Thailand, Dr. Ariya Svetamra presented a paper on ‘Community based tourism and empowerment of ethnic women in Upper North Thailand’ and Dr. Arratee Ayuttacorn on ‘Women’s negotiation on land dispossession’.
Speakers from Nagaland University shared reflections from Nagaland through variety of papers presented. Prof. Jano. L Sekhose presented on ‘Navigating the world of Naga women down the ages and beyond’, Prof. Lungsang Zeliang on ‘Visualizing Naga women’s representation in education’ and Dr. Petekhrienuo Sorhie on ‘Localizing SDG5 in Nagaland: Issues and challenges’.
The paper presentations were followed by deliberation and discussion session on various pertinent socio-economic and cultural barriers that impede development of women in particular and society in general, wherein ideas, perspectives and opinions were exchanged both from the context of Nagaland and Thailand.
The two technical sessions were moderated by Dr. Limala (Asso. Prof.) & Dr Neizou Mero (Asst. Prof.) of Education Department.
(Page News Service)