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NSCW organizes legal awareness programme at Chizami

Nagaland News

Dimapur, September 24: A 1-day legal awareness programme on empowerment of women through entrepreneurship was organized by Nagaland State Commission for Women (NSCW) on September 23 at Chizami in Phek District. Supported by the National Commission for Women (NCW), the programme was attended by participants, existing and aspiring women entrepreneurs from Chizami Town and neighbouring villages.

The NSCW led by chairperson KhrienuoTachü and Bodeno S Colo, secretary NSCW and joint secretary, Social Welfare Department met the Chizami Village Council leaders led by VCC KewepeloTsühah and appreciated them for including women in the village council and VDB as full-fledged members and for following ‘equal wage for equal work’ principle in the village.
The NSCW also extended financial assistance to the oldest man and woman of the village through the village council. The NSCW team further visited the CHC Chizami and interacted with the MO Dr Yelo T Mero, staff and the patients and contributed to help start a ‘Patient’s Welfare Fund’ for the CHC. They also visited NEN Resource Centre and interacted with the staff of Chizami Weaves and encouraged them to keep up the good works in helping women and community at large.
During the programme, Khrienuo Tachü, Chairperson, NSCW, in her keynote address stated that NSCW is committed to the empowerment of women and girls. She highlighted that there is a common perception that Naga women enjoys high and equal social status with men but in reality, Naga women continue to struggle and face multiple barriers owing to discriminatory customary practices. She noted that our women do not have inheritance rights and almost no participation in decision making in public spaces such as the village council at the grassroots, and therefore ‘economic empowerment for women becomes critical to overcome such barriers’. She lauded Chizami village for including women in their decision making bodies. She added, when women become financially independent and stand on her own feet, she will be respected in the society and will claim her rightful space in the society. She encouraged the participants to develop entrepreneurial skills, be focused and passionate, and to uphold the value of dignity of labour.
Weko-u Mero, Assistant Legal Remembrancer and Under Secretary, Justice and Law Department, facilitated the session on ‘Women Legal Education’. Dr Visakhonü Hibo, Principal, Japfü Christian College facilitated the session on ‘Vocational Education – Upskilling and Reskilling’.

Speaking on ‘Naga Textiles – Chizami Weaves and Livelihood opportunities’, Seno Tsühah, Honorary Member, North East Network (NEN) shared the case study of Chizami Weaves (CW) – its objectives, the journey of CW in enhancing the earning capacities of women towards sustainable livelihoods and social justice, and the lessons learnt. She emphasized on the need to develop a good plan before starting any business enterprise – to explore opportunities, identify an area of interest, locating assets, develop a business plan that includes a good marketing strategy amongst others.
Colo Mero, Director, Life Ministries presented on ‘Entrepreneurship – Opportunities and Challenges’.
(Page News Service)