Dimapur, May 4: North East Institutes of Social Sciences and Research (NEISSR) and Peace Channel jointly organised a one-day consultative meeting and workshop on ‘Gender Peacemaking: Explorations in Performance’ in collaboration with O P Jindal Global University (Delhi) on May 4 at the NEISSR Assembly Hall, Bishop House, Dimapur.
A select group of leading women and men from diverse field of work and professions including organizational leaders, journalists, rights activists, social workers, etc actively participated in the day-long reflective learning processes.
Fr John Poji, the Vice Principal of NEISSR extended warm welcome to the visiting professors from Jindal Global University as resource persons and all the participants to an unfolding journey of co-learning less traversed in Naga society.
The day long programme was designed to bring together noted women leaders from diverse works of life and professions on a platform to share and discuss gender issues and relevance of feminist movement in local women’s struggles.
The discussions led to thinking in specific ways about feminist struggles and histories, and finally exploring possibilities of inter-disciplinary and inter-institutional collaboration towards mapping the genealogy of women’s resistance in the region and Naga society in particular. Further the participants expressed their views based of their life traumatic experiences and how they were being victimized in their own families, workplace, and communities being women.
Discussions also brought very contradictory processes of dealing with gender issues in Naga society. Relating to recent experiences of women having fought elections in the ULB and State Legislative Assembly, participants highlighted how section of women resisted against women’s participation in democratic political spaces on one hand and on the other hand how section of educated and aware citizenries of men actively supported women’s electioneering campaigns. (Page News Service)