In her speech, Governor Dr Heptulla said that the International Women’s Day is an opportunity to transform this momentum into action, to empower women in all settings adding that the gender equality is the first step to women empowerment.
The Governor appreciated chief minister N Biren for rendering social work in empowering the marginalized women population of the State.
In his speech, chief minister N Biren said loans were given to the women weavers and around more than 2500 free looms are also provided by the Industry department.
Chairpersons Prof Binota Meinam (Manipur State Commission for Women), S Satyabhama Devi (Manipur State Development Corporation) and Sumatibala Ningthoujam(Manipur State Commission for Protection of Child Rights) were also present on the occasion.
United Women Organization Tamenglong (UWOT) in collaboration with Indigenous Women and Children Foundation also observed International Women’s Day under the theme ‘Balance for Better’ at the indoor stadium of Tamenglong headquarters, about 150 km west of Imphal.
The sub-divisional officer (SDO), Kachamthai Faiga Gangmei of Tamenglong, assistant professor Rose Gonmei of Tamenglong College, advocate Chunchamliu Kamei and assistant inspector (MES) Kalingsuiliu Panmei of zonal education office Noney attended the function.
Speaking at the function, SDO Gangmei urged to give equal treatment without gender bias and confessed the need to change few unhelpful traditional practices to bring equal justice in the societies.
While acknowledging the subsequent growth of women in the current era. Rose Gonmei said that the programme is conducted to remind the need of protection for women.
On the other hand, Advocate Chunchamliu recalled the saying that both men and women are equally important to bring development in the society and she urged to support one another in this crucial time while uring women to deny the attitude of playing the victim role.
UWOT president Aduanliu appealed to everyone to fight against women abuse and to respect the rights without discrimination while ZEO Noney cautioned that fastest way to change the world is to mobilize women.
She also urged to think globally and act locally so as to bring peace and harmony in the locality.
Similar International Women’s Day function was also held at Bishnupur district headquarters, 30 km south of Imphal.