Kohima, March 1: Along with the rest of the country, Nagaland State Commission for Women (NSCW) tonight held “Night Walk campaign” a nation-wide concern to popularize and promote women safety.
Thousands of women from different walks of life and tribes participated in the Night Walk starting from TCP Gate Junction and culminating at Old MLA Hostel Junction going through the streets of main town via Razhü Point and D Block.
The participants comprising of women and girl child, young ladies from different Naga tribes and non-Naga inhabitants of the state capital held placards some of which read as “Keep your sisters/girl child/mothers safe everywhere”, “Mutual respect emits women safety”, “Safety isn’t expensive, its priceless…”, “A goof society ensures women’s safety at all hour/place”.
The main objectives of the “Night Walk” is to emphasize safe environment for women to occupy public spaces sans time, and to normalize women’s visibility in public spaces, said NSCW chairperson Khrienuo Tache while addressing the mammoth female gathering. She said the walk also stresses on the need to scale up and reach to a wider audience for women’s safety on the road especially at night and to facilitate a progressive mindset change in the society thereby eradicating victim and self blaming.
The safety of women 24×7 in public spaces is essential and important for wholesome growth of societies across the world, she said while lamenting that the cases of violence against women had not diminished even in our 21st Century.
Meanwhile, replying to a query from media persons if the commission feels Naga girls and women are not safe, Tachü said the situation here is unlike other parts of the country but Naga women are in solidarity with the rest of the womenfolk who have been facing unwanted situations. (Page News Service)