The Nagaland State Commission for Women Award was launched during the International Women’s Day celebrations in Kohima on Monday.
Nagaland observed the day under the theme “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world” across the State.
In Kohima, the programme was jointly organised by the Nagaland State Commission for Women (NSCW), Nagaland State Social Welfare Board and State Resource Centre for Women (SRCW) under Social Welfare department.
On the occasion, chief secretary J. Alam presented the Nagaland State Commission for Women Award 2021 to five women achievers – Abeiu Meru, president, Naga Mothers’ Association; Dr. Vezokholu Theyo, chief medical officer, Kohima, Dr. Visakhonü Hibo, president, Nagaland College Principals’ Association, S. Anungla, pastor, Chang Baptist Church, Kohima, and Inspector Rose Yantha, officer-in-charge, women cell, Dimapur police.
In his address, Alam said in his service career of 30 years, he has seen positive changes in Naga women who are coming forward in many fields. However, a lot still needs to be continued as when one goes through any social change, there is a disruption in customs and traditions, he said.
He added that the need of the hour is to recognise and honour the sacrifices and hard work of the women in building their homes.
Speaking on the occasion, NSCW chairperson Khrienuo Tachü urged the State Government to introduce the Acquired Property Bill in the Nagaland Assembly
Tachü said as a statutory body of the government, the NSCW wants to intervene in cases where parents, who have no sons but have only daughters, are faced with the issue of inheritance of acquired property.
Tachü lauded the Naga women for their resilience and great fortitude amidst many challenges and setbacks.
The programme was also attended by DGP T. John Longkumer, a host of senior government officials and women leaders.
In Dimapur, a health awareness programme for women police personnel was organised by Dimapur police at deputy commissioner of police, Zone II, to mark the occasion.
In her welcome address, DCP, Zone II, Aotula T. Imchen said a person can be empowered when his or her health can take it. She said International Women’s Day is the best occasion to create awareness on health issues.
She noted that the health of police takes a backseat when it comes to discharging their duty.
Dimapur commissioner of police Rothilu Tetseo emphasized the need to address health issues according to the existing system and environment.
“Without good health, you cannot provide security and ensure peace to others,” he told the police personnel.
President, Rotary Club of Dimapur, Kitoshi Zhimomi and president, Inner Wheel Club Dimapur Sanjukta Bhattacharjee also spoke on the occasion