KOHIMA, MARCH 9: Nagaland yesterday joined the world in celebrating International Women’s Day on the theme “DigitALL: Innovation & Technology for gender equality” with Padma Shree Awardee and former member of UPSC, Dr P Kilemsungla as Special Guest at The Heritage, Kohima.
Department of Social Welfare, Department of Women Resource Development, Nagaland State Commission for Women, Nagaland State Social Welfare Board and State Hub for Empowerment of Women jointly organized the celebration.
Addressing the mammoth gathering, Dr Kilemsungla said today, Information Technology is the greatest tool to bring about change in the society while factors or issues that require women specific needs should be addressed.
Digital learning to facilitate sexual and reproductive health care, spreading digital literacy and applications to combat online violence will bring down minimum disparity, she said.
Saying that innovation in technology has broken all barriers for everyone, she said in the past education was only for those who could afford it but today it is open to all.
“One can get knowledge and unlimited information. One can learn skills and enhance quality of life and be self-employed or become online employed.
Those who cannot go out of homes frequently for work are generating income and also generating jobs for others. We have to wake up and embrace this new opportunity”, she said.
Underlining that technology is a great leveller giving equal benefit to the masses, she said the advantage it brings is even more to women as in many societies women are constrained for many physical movements.
This programme will enhance digitalisation in our environment, she said.
On the other hand, willingness to learn and be humble enough to request to teach new applications and its uses for example online banking, video conferencing and multiple applications is very important, she said.
She said we are living in a very fast changing world one cannot allow to be carried away by these waves of changes without becoming firmly grounded on the basic foundations.
“A sound education combined with a strong moral value will be able to navigate well in a fast changing world”, she said.
Two principles that work well even through the tests of time are, good education for all-round development of the personality and focus on character building that ensures integrity, honesty, hard-work are very crucial, she said.
In this age of information technology and knowledge explosion there is no dearth of qualified and skilled people but there is a shortfall of people of character and transparency, she said adding that the moral values that are imbibed will not change even with change of time and lifestyle.
It is imperative for young people to invest in education to learn the basic principles of science which even with future changes in technology will not change its foundational principles with time as technology evolves around these foundations, Kilemsungla said.
She also encouraged the female to never think that they are only women or just a girl but they are builders of the family, society and nation.
Secretary for Social Welfare and Administrator NSSWB, Martha R Ritse said that as we celebrate the achievements of all the women breaking gender stereotypes in the field of academics, politics, sports, music, etc., let us also talk about the harsh reality that women face, such as gender discrimination, inequality and violations that happens in private and public spaces, which we must jointly address.
Saying that ensuring women’s safety is prerequisite to their empowerment, she said adding that many more cases are being reported through our services like One Stop Centre, Women Helpline-181, which cater to women affected by Violence and those in distress situations.
OSCs and WHL-181 have catered to over 1000 cases, since its inception related to gender based violence and women in distress situations, she said.
The Department of Social Welfare through Mission Shakti is striving to achieve its ultimate vision which is to strengthen the processes that promote holistic empowerment of women, she said.
The Department is also pursuing with the Ministry to establish the District Hubs for Empowerment Of Women, One-Stop Centre, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, etc in the newly formed districts, she informed.
Ritse urged all present to be ambassadors to sensitise both men and women in the community about issues related to gender and the need to empower and also disseminate information at the grassroots.
The day was also marked by three technical workshops for students and faculty on Digital citizenship & gender equity; Women in technology: Scope for information technology and Safety and security in digital spaces.
Peren: District Administration and Sakhi One Stop Centre (OSC), Peren District celebrated International Women’s day at Kendung Village under Peren district on 8th March 2023.
Grace, Counsellor, One Stop Centre (OSC) as the resource person spoke on the theme “Digital innovation and technology for Gender equality”. She emphasized that bringing women and other marginalized groups into technology will create more solutions and it will create more potential for innovation, and the women’s needs to promote gender equality. She also highlighted on various schemes provided the Government.
Peheilusile, case worker OSC, enlightened the gathering about Sakhi One Stop Centre scheme, which provides a range of service including police assistance, medical aid, psyco- social counselling, legal counseling and temporary shelter to women affected by violence in an integrated manner under one roof.
Shamator: Tuensang District Legal Service Authority (under the aegis of NALSA) in collaboration with District Administration, Shamator observed International Women’s day at DB hall, DC’s Office complex, Shamator on 8th March 2023.
NJS Judicial Magistrate First Class cum Secretary, TDLSA Speaker, Cheliam Khiamniungan, graced the occasion as the theme speaker. Women Laws was highlighted by Berila, Advocate Panel lawyer, TDLSA.
Meluri: Women Department, Baptist Church Meluri Town celebrated the International Women’s Day on 8th March 2023 with ADC Meluri, Albert Ezung as the special guest under the theme “Digit All : Innovation And Technology For Gender Equality.”
Ezung in his speech stressed on women’s rights and gender parity. He called upon the gathering to acknowledge the value and importance of women in the society. He also emphasized on women empowerment which is needed in today’s life and encouraged the women folks to work together for the upliftment of the society.
Aboi: Aboi sub-division observed International Women’s Day on 8th March 2023 which was organised by the KNSK and Sakshi-One Stop Centre, Aboi in collaboration with District Administration KVK, Mon, ATBPF and ATSU, Aboi under the theme “DigiTALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality”.
ADC, Aboi, Phuleshe K Yepthomi, NCS in his speech stressed on the importance of gender equality and its necessity in the present social life as well as for the future. He encouraged the women and girls to come out of their box and execute their roles as equals to men.
Guest speaker, Vice Principal KHSS, Mon, Alem Konyak stated that women upliftment is a necessary step towards a secure future for women.
NU Kohima Campus: The International Women’s Day was celebrated one day ahead on 7th March 2023 at Nagaland University Kohima Campus. The programme was organised by Women’s Studies Centre under the Theme “DigitAll: Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality”.
While addressing the gathering, special guest, Prof. Rosemary Dziivichii, Department of English, Nagaland University spoke on the importance of reservation for women and highlighted how such policies ought to be encouraged as they pave the way for women to move forward. She also reminisced about Naga women’s journey for inclusion in the highest decision making bodies of the state. She also shared concerns about how women face challenges in cyberspace such as cyber bullying, trolling and harassment. She posed a question as to how far access to digital technology has actually reached women especially in the rural areas and she urged scientists and others to come forward with innovative solutions so that women’s participation could be increased in the digital world. She also emphasized on the need to educate the menfolk and create awareness about them on issues of gender equality and women empowerment. She urged the male counterparts everywhere to listen to women’s voices which will go a long way in uplifting society.
Administrative in charge of the Nagaland University, Kohima Campus, Prof. Buno Zetsuvi also speaking on the occasion highlighted on how International Women’s Day came to be observed and how women over the ages and across the globe have been fighting for their rights. She talked about how far women have come- from being refused the right to vote to now occupying the highest offices in different parts of the world.
(Page News Service)