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SRCW encourages Naga women to ‘rise’

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Kohima, March 9: With music being a popular means to reach out to the people, the State Resource Centre for Women (SRCW) Nagaland Chapter has come out with a theme song encouraging Naga women to “rise up”.
Marking the State level International Women’s Day celebration at Civil Secretary on Friday, the SRCW in collaboration with Nagaland Social Welfare Department released the theme song for Naga women “Rise, Naga Women” to encourage women in the State.
The song sung by Topeni K Assumi is composed by Theyiesinuo Keditsu while the musician is Khyochano TCK.
The song encourages Naga women to come and unite in order to raise a nation. “Let your labours fill the earth with light,” it says while expressing let sorrow suffering, heartbreak come, we are made stronger than we know and become the hope of tomorrow.
Gracing the occasion, Chief Secretary, Temjen Toy, IAS also released Data Bank, a compilation of women centric schemes and programmes of Central Government and a short animated film on Women Helpline – 181.
He also launched the Mahila Shakti Kendra and Sakhi – One Stop Centre for all the districts of Nagaland.
In his address, the Chief Secretary said that women are half of the population and they deserve equal rights.
Nonetheless, he said that it should not be the sole responsibility of the Social Welfare Department but other line departments including Health, Education and Agriculture etc. should come forward to take up women related issues and schemes in order to promote and empower women.
Expressing shock to learn that domestic violence against women does exist in Naga society, Toy said that women have been doing much better than the men in various fields in the State. He hoped that Naga women would soon break all barriers and stand shoulder to shoulder with men.
He also conveyed best wishes to the Naga women in surging ahead and bring changes to the status of women in the State.
Delivering the keynote address, Secretary for Social Welfare Department, Sarah R. Ritse informed that the SRCW is the Implementing agency and Project Management Unit of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, Mahila Shakti Kendra, Sakhi -One Stop Centre and Women Helpline – 181.
She highlighted that Mahila Shakti Kendra scheme is to provide “one stop convergent support services for empowering rural women with opportunities for skill development, employment, digital literacy, health and nutrition”.
Under the scheme, she said the department has established District Level Centre for Women in Longleng district but it will now be expanded in 8 districts – Kohima, Mokokchung, Mon, Peren, Phek, Wokha, Tuensang and Kiphire.
Human resources are in place and they will be attached in the office of the DCs, she said.
On the One Stop Centre, she said this is an integrated scheme and it is the only physical Centre in the district that caters 24x 7 to women affected by violence. She said that two One Stop Centers (OSC) are currently established in Dimapur and Kohima which are integrated with the Women Helpline-181.
Nonetheless, she said that on seeing that these centres were being effectively implemented in the state, the Government of India has approved the expansion of OSCs in all the remaining 9 districts headquarters.
Secretary NSSWB & Mission Director SRCW Daisy Mezhür chaired the programme while Additional Director Social Welfare Tulula Pongen gave the introductory note. Research Officer SRCW Meneno V tendered the vote of thanks.
(Page News Service)

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