Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Rosemary Dzüvichu conferred Peace Award 2022

Staff Reporter

Peace Award 2022 was conferred on Nagaland University’s Prof Rosemary Dzuvichu, who is also Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA) adviser, on the occasion.
The award was given on the occasion of 15th Peace Knit Fest 2022-cum-Peace Channel Foundation Day and commemoration of International Day, at Peace Centre, 7th Mile, Chümoukedima. The programme was organised by Peace Channel in collaboration with North East Institute of Social Sciences and Research (NEISSR).
In her speech, Dzuvichu asserted that Naga society was a classic example of a conflict-ridden society with decades of conflict. She stressed that peace was not just about absence or silence of guns, but also about gender justice. She appealed to Naga leaders and the State government to recognise the efforts of Naga women in peace building.
She remarked that there was nothing stronger than women, including mothers, coming out together for peace. She warned that when women’s voices were not heard, peace could not be sustained. Thus, gender justice was important by becoming gender sensitive, she added.
Dzuvichu expressed happiness at the upcoming municipal elections, while pointing out that women reservation was not a concept that had its origin in India but in West.
On peace in the State, she said she was hopeful that peace would prevail, but observed that Nagas were still under a colonial hangover. She said the British accounts about Nagas were not authentic and were full of errors, for which Nagas had become racist.
“We perceive anything West and white as superior to others. Though we complain about racism, Nagas too are racists,” she commented.
The NMA adviser expressed happiness that of late many scholars were doing research and trying to rewrite the history.
She appealed to all to respect one another and learn to live in unity, peace and harmony.
The programme was followed by an inter-faith panel discussion on “Inclusive communities through faith” with Shalom Rehabilitation Centre director Rev Father Chacko Karinthayil as moderator and a discussion on “building career for youth in Nagaland”.
Welcome address was delivered by Peace Channel principal and NEISSR director Dr CP Anto and keynote address was delivered by NEISSR assistant professor Liangamang Robert.


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