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Urgent need to address gender issues in Nagaland: IPR Advisor


Bats for political empowerment of women

Dimapur, February 19: Advisor IPR, SCERT & Village Guards, Toshi Wungtung on Wednesday batted for political empowerment of women and to partner with women in evaluating and formulating policies in Nagaland.
“All said and done, beyond women empowerment there is a need for empowering women politically and to partner with women in evaluating and formulating policies in the State,” he said.
Addressing a 3-day State level workshop on gender budgeting for gender equality in rural areas at the Ladies Common Room at Meriema Campus of Nagaland University today, the IPR Advisor said there is an urgent need to address gender issues in Nagaland.
Women are no lesser than men, he said while indicating that it is only in the socio-economic status there may be differences in policy approach.
Gender budgeting should be sustainable in approach while regulating and forming various policies in different sectors of the country and society as we have different culture and social stratification, he said.
Stating that although Nagaland Government had passed a resolution that every Government departments must go into gender budgeting, Wungtung admitted that there is still much which needs to be done.
There are various schemes under various departments for upliftment of women, he said, while expressing optimism that the workshop will bring about a sustainable approach towards empowering women for an equal and healthy society.
The 3-day workshop from February 19 to 21 is sponsored by Union Ministry of Women & Child Development and organized by Nagaland National Institute of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, North Eastern Regional Center (NIRD & PR- NERC) in collaboration with the Women’s Studies Center along with the Department of Education, Nagaland University.
The objective of the workshop is to review the rational role of gender budgeting as a tool for gender equality and also to examine the policy initiatives, programmes, schemes and projects for gender mainstreaming and gender inclusive development in India. It will also discuss the tools of gender budgeting at State level, examined the problems, constraints and difficulties in gender budgeting at different level and role of various stakeholders and key players in gender budgeting.
Resource persons for the workshop are Associate Prof NIRD & PR- NERC, Dr Jayanta Choudhury; Entrepreneur, Benjamin Chishi; Professor NU, Buno Liegise; Professor NU, Dr Lungsang Zeliang; Secretary NPSC, Kevekha Kevin Zehol; MD (Psychiatry) P Ngully; Advocate Joshua Sheqi; Dr Khotsole Khieya; Dr Ratan Kaurinta, Asst. District Program Manager NSRLM DMMU Kohima, Kenivole Richa and Principal JCC, Dr Asakho Hibo. Panelists for discussion on strategies for gender equality & gender budgeting are Dr Anungla, Prof. Rosemary Dzuvichu, Dr Asakho Hibo, Dr Rukhono Iralu and Gracy Aye SRCW.  (Page News Service)