Dimapur, December 2: A panel discussion on “16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence” was organized by the District Administration Dimapur, District Level Centre for Women-MSK & Sakhi- One Stop Centre, Dimapur in collaboration with the North East Institute of Social Science and Research(NEISSR) on November 30 on the theme ‘Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect’.
Keeping in view of the ongoing Covid-19 situation, the session was held with limited number of invitees and participants. The program was chaired by Dhonthaidi Langthasa, District Coordinator, DLCW-MSK, Dimapur. Rev Dr C.P Anto, Principal NEISSR gave a brief highlight on the context of women in the present society. Keynote address was given by WWO, DLCW-Msk where she spoke on violence against women and the need to promote the culture of equality.
The panel discussion was moderated by Vitonuo Gugu Haralu and the panelist were Relo T Aye, ADCP Crime Branch, Dimapur, Sungsabeni Jamio, President, Naga Women Hoho Dimapur, K Ela, Director, Prodigal Home, Dimapur, Elizabeth Humtsoe, Assistant Professor, City Law College, Dimapur and Jenpu Rongmei, Founder & Chief Functionary, Can Youth, Dimapur. Different panelist from different background shared their personal experiences at the grassroot level, citing relevant issues related to women. They urged and encourage everyone to work together and support in the field focusing on prevention of violence against women and girls.
Relo, ADCP, Crime Branch, Dimapur stressed on the importance of respecting women and that the practice of violence inside the family are captured by the children which results in producing the same cycle towards women.
As stated by Ela, women with disabilities are the worst affected section of the society facing various abuses and such cases are not even taken up by the society. Sungsabeni Jamio addressed the issues of discrimination which first begins within the family itself, where women are subjected to violence and often tend to tolerate the injustice in silence. She encouraged women and girls to be strong and bold enough to raise their voice on what is right for them.
Elizabeth gave a brief insight on the importance of knowing individual rights in availing services provided by the law and the government. She also specified that custody of children is one of the issue faced by women, due to lack of legal knowledge and procedures. Jenpu Rongmei stressed on the need for proper advocacy, the community based policy and the compromises of violence in the name of religion.
The programme was followed by an open discussion where many practical issues were discussed and followed up with relevant ways and means to prevent violence not only among women but men also.
(Page News Service)