Thursday, February 2, 2023

Families urged to promote gender equality

Underscoring the important role of parents in promoting gender equality and building children’s resilience to rigid traditional attitude towards gender in early childhood, officers from Nagaland State Rural Livelihoods Mission (NSRLM) highlighted the importance of educating children on gender equality and violence against women.
The need for creating awareness at the household level was highlighted at the inaugural programme of Gender Resource Centre (GRC) on November 25 at Jakhama Rural Development (RD) block, Japfüphi Women Livelihoods and Cooperative Society (JWLCS) office.
According to NSRLM, the inauguration of GRC was part of the launch of nationwide gender campaign which focuses on addressing gender-based violence and discrimination. The campaign would culminate on December 23.
Speaking at the function as guest speaker, RD joint secretary, Bendanglila said every woman faced some form of gender-based discrimination and violence in their lives akin to a global pandemic as it happens across the world.
Despite such physical and psychological injustice being meted out, she lamented that women were still silent and would rather suffer than speak out, for fear of stigma and other socially negative reactions where the victim was made to feel guilty.
Stressing on the importance of acknowledging gender issues, Bendanglila said awareness should begin in the family and that all must propagate the importance of gender sensitivity in the household itself.
Highlighting the gathering about “Vision 2030”, which was to achieve gender equality, she said the inauguration of GRC was a step towards achieving this goal. She expressed the hope that the centre could be a hub for awareness creation, teaching women about schemes available, and address issues through support of stakeholders.
Delivering the keynote address, joint secretary and mission director, NSRLM, Imtimenla mentioned that in states where the GRC has been set up, the centre has helped countless women address issues. She said the centre was a safe space for aggrieved women who wish to speak up against discrimination and violence, and seek support from the right agencies.
Giving a brief outline of the GRC, state program manager NSRLM, Khriezovonuo Lhoungu said the centre was to be community owned and managed. Therefore, he said the federation of Self Help Group (SHG) women need to take ownership and run the centre well while urging stakeholders to render continued support towards the community. She also informed that GRCs would eventually be set up in other blocks.
Reigning Miss Kohima, 2022 Diezenuo Chuzho also delivered a short speech while officials of Women Helpline 181 Nagaland, Vekhwusalu Dawhuo and Lanuienla Imchen spoke on women helpline 181 and schemes for women; legal entitlements and introduction to sexual harassment of women at workplace.
The programme was chaired by program manager NSRLM, Kenivole Richa; Bible reading and prayer by EC member of JWLCS, Sonei; federation progress and updates was presented by social action committee member, Vilapranu Richa while finance secretary JWLCS, Sevonu Seletsu spoke on expectations of women and president of the federation, Neilakuonuo Livi delivered the vote of thanks. The gender pledge was taken by representatives of various stakeholder departments and organisations along with the community institution (federation) leaders and unit representatives, who attended the programme.

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