Dimapur, November 28: A walkathon and cycling campaign was flagged off on November 25 starting from Old MLA Hostel Junction till the Directorate of Social Welfare, Kohima in observation of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which kick-starts the annual international campaign of the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence that will culminate on December 10 – Human Rights Day.
This year’s theme is “Orange the world: Generation equality stands against rape!”. The campaign was organized by the Nagaland State Social Welfare Board, the State Resource Centre for Women-181 Women Helpline Nagaland, in collaboration with the Nagaland State Commission for Women.
An introduction was given by Bano Vinito, Chairperson, Nagaland State Social Welfare Board. She opined that the people assembled for the campaign are to tell the world that we must stop violence against women. Daisy Mezhur, Secretary, Nagaland State Social Welfare Board and Mission Director, SRCW led the pledge to “End violence against women”.
A short message on the theme, “Orange the world: Generation equality stands against rape!” was delivered by Khrienuo Tachü, Chairperson, Nagaland State Commission for Women. She affirmed that our generation vehemently stands against the heinous crime of rape. She encouraged the participants to give concerted effort to eliminate rape, which has become the greatest threat to women’s rights.
The patron of the day, Sarah R. Ritse, Commissioner & Secretary, Social Welfare Department, flagged off the walkathon. Participants included police, CHILDLINE Kohima, cyclists and skateboarders from the tribal cult, colleges, churches, NGOs and well-wishers.
Wokha: In commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women the Wokha District administration in collaboration with DLCW-MSK and Sakhi-OSC, Wokha organized 16 days activism against gender-based violence from November 25-December 10 at Police Point under the United Nation mandated them. The programme was chaired by Adv.
Walkathon started from Police Point via Forest Colony Junction-District Hospital Road till Town Hall. After the walkathon, Imtitoshi, SP Wokha spoke on the importance of girl child, gender differences, inheritance problems and encouraged the community to come forward and to make Wokha District zero/low in violence and rape case.
Imtinungla Longkumar, EAC (HQ), Wokha, in her speech, mentioned about the importance of girl child, term of violence, Domestic Violence Act 2005, and urged the people to come forward for better society.
Secretary WDLSA, Adv. Khrievono Seletsu spoke on the importance of women & child. She gave a brief introduction on Domestic Violence Act, physical, emotional & sexual violence and encouraged the community to come forward to make zero tolerance in sexual abuse and violence.
Lotha Hoho & Lotha Eloe Hoho in their speech encouraged the people to work for the betterment of the society.
Mon: Mon District administration in collaboration with District Level Centre for Women- Mahila Shakti Kendra (MSK) and Sakhi-One Stop Centre (OSC) organized a seminar on the occasion of International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women under the United Nations mandated theme ‘Orange the world: Generation equality stands against rape’ on November 25 in the DC’s conference hall.
The programme was chaired by Ngepshom Konyak, women welfare officer (WWO) of MSK and keynote address on elimination of violence against women was given by Thavaseelan K, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Mon. Resource person of the day was N. Mannon, Advocate who spoke on domestic violence and POCSO Act. She also elaborated on different types of violence such as physical abuse, sexual violence, verbal abuse and domestic violence and the legal framework for protection of women. She encouraged the women to voice out and claim their rights.
The seminar was part of a series of activities that are being conducted as part of the 16 days activism against gender based violence from November 25 to December 10. (Page News Service)