Int’l Women’s Day celebrated in state


Dimapur, March 9: International Women’s Day 2018 on the theme “Press for progress” was celebrated at Nagaland University on March 8. The program was jointly organized by Women’s Studies, NU and Nagaland University Student’s Union (NUSU) Kohima campus, Meriema; Dept. of Social Welfare, Nagaland State Welfare Board and State Resource Centre for Women. The program was chaired by Kalivi Catherine Chishi and invocation by Tolivi Sumi, General Secretary, Evangelical union.
Professor Ramesh C. Gupta, Pro-Vice Chancellor, NU, Kohima stressed that the patriarchal mindset of the society must change to achieve gender parity and further encouraged the students to be gender champions.
He quoted “..too many women in too many countries speak the same language of silence…” from the poem ‘Silence’ by Anasuya Sengupta.
Bano Vinito, Chairperson, NSSWB in her keynote address referred to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal, 2030 and particularly emphasized on goal 4 “to ensure Inclusive and quality education for all” and encouraged the students to strive and work harder to be employable.
Further stressing on Goal 5, “to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”, she spoke on the importance of women to be economically independent. She further applauded the women candidates who participated in the recent State elections and hoped that women would be elected in the near future.
Daisy Mezhur, Mission Director, SRCW gave introduction on the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Scheme.
Live video streaming of BBBP-PAN India Expansion by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Jhunjhuhu, Rajasthan was telecast to the audience. It may be stated that the Pan India Expansion will cover all 640 districts (as per census 2011) of the country to have a deeper positive impact on Child Sex Ratio. The expansion would include Multi-sectoral intervention in 244 districts in addition to existing 161 districts. 235 districts are to be covered through Alert District Media, Advocacy and Outreach, thus covering all the 640 districts of the Country.
A special signature campaign to mark the occasion was carried out by Women Helpline and One Stop Centre and an information booth was set up to disseminate schemes for women and children. Special numbers were given by Ms. Moipen, Bro David and friends as well as Wate and friends.
The program ended with vote of thanks by Sharon King, Women Coordinator, NUSU, Kohima Campus.
FPA India Nagaland Branch and Development Association of Nagaland (DAN) jointly celebrated International Women’s Day 2018 at Mima Village on the theme ‘Press For Progress’. Resource person Dr. Thejanuo Solo empowered the participants on the topic Women’s Reproductive Health and Rights. Altogether 75 women attended the program.
Earlier, Kiezonuo Livi, Mima Women Chairperson said the invocation and welcome address. Ville Rhetso, Counselor FPA India briefed about significance of the day and gave a strong call for action to press forward and progress gender parity.
Rokosenuo Medoze, Assistant Program Manager, DAN(DCCHI) shared about the organization and the project activities which reach out for the communities in health related issues.
After the session free health consultation, family planning counselling and VCT services were provided to the participants by the FPA India Nagaland Branch.
Women Cell, Unity College
The Women Cell, Unity College under IQAC celebrated International Women’s Day on March 8 with the rest of the world on the global theme “Press for Progress”. Drama and skit portraying the different ‘shades of woman’ were performed by the students.
Enthralling songs and dance ‘epitomizing the gracefulness of a women and speeches emphasising on the ‘strength of women’ as well as on ‘dispersing away with discrimination of women’ in our present society were showcased by the students and teacher. To meet the hygienic needs of the females, the college authority donated a sanitary box. The programme was an eye opener and an enriching experience for all genders present.
Witter Theological College, Vankhosung, Wokha celebrated International Women’s Day at the college campus on March 8. APRO Bhandari, Lily Ngullie was the speaker.
Lily Ngullie in her exhortation said nations and world leaders have been working ambitiously to the committed effort of achieving a common ground and common future for women all over the world, a world where gender based violence, exploitation, injustice and discrimination against women will be ended.
In response to the clarion call for progress, and to help build a better world for women across the globe, Ngullie urged for change and progress within the level of our homes, neighborhood and churches. She called on the theological community to live up to responsibilities of telling the pristine truth as messengers of God, that man and women are all created in the matchless image of God.
A short video on ‘Struggle and Achievements of Women – Then and Now’, directed and produced by Lozilo and Abilan was screened during the programme. Zuchanbeni and Shanchobeni performed poetry in motion ‘I am a Girl.’ The programme was chaired by Sarah Ovung.
(Page News Service)