Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Seminar on women’s role in preserving cultures

Staff Reporter

North East Zone Cultural Centre (NEZCC) Dimapur in collaboration with Immanuel College Dimapur, department of Education organised a national seminar on “role of women in preserving cultural heritage in North East India” in the conference hall of Immanuel College, here, on Thursday.
Speaking at the programme, director of NEZCC Dimapur, Dr. Prashanna Gogoi stressed on how North East has been putting importance of women and their roles in the society.
He, however, suggested that equal importance be given to women and encouraged the menfolk to be supporting systems.
Dr. Prashanna said that in order to empower women, the menfolk should also be empowered so that their aspirations go hand in hand while building a progressive society.
He also emphasised on the role of women in identifying culture and tradition, in which, he said, women have played important roles in safeguarding culture and traditions through various practices.
Delivering the keynote address St Joseph University, Dimapur professor, Rev. Fr. Dr. Sunny Joseph stated that the focal areas to be addressed as challenges in preservation of culture were—invasion of social media; marriages outside cultural milieu and social mobility.
He stated that there was a need to build relationships with clans for preservation of culture more effectively.
Fr. Dr. Sunny stated that women played an important role in promoting and preserving culture and urged upon the people to give them the best and equal opportunity.
Resource persons, independent researcher, Dibrugarh, Assam, Dr. S Elika Assumi spoke on “Way finding: Locating Signposts in Naga Women’s writing” assistant professor, department of Education, DM College of Arts, Imphal, Manipur, Dr. Manilei Serto spoke on “Women as Creator and Carrier of Cultural Heritage: A Paradoxical Overview in North East India” while assistant professor, department of Mass Communication RGU (Central University), Arunachal Pradesh, Mapi Taipodia spoke on “Role of women in intergenerational transmission of culture and heritage folklores among Galo tribe of Liru village in Arunachal Pradesh”.
Phek Government College, HoD, department of Economics, Dr. Medongulie Zatsu spoke on “Women empowerment in relation to socio-economic culture in Nagaland” while paper presentation on “Problems faced by the younger generation in preserving cultural heritage with special reference to Dimapur” was delivered by HoD, department of Education, Immanuel College, Abeni Mozhui and Immanuel College, assistant professor, department of Education, Atshole Wetsah.
Immanuel College principal & research scholar, Department of Education, Arunachal University of Studies, Thingujam Sharatchandra Singh spoke on “The role of Women in curbing the Social Degeneration through cultural heritage”, talk on Custodians or Desecrators: A Critical Study of Naga Women on Culture” was presented by assistant professor, department of History Zunheboto Government College, Ngutoli Y Swu while “Empowering Adolescent Girls in Preserving Culture” was presented by assistant professor, department of Education, St. Joseph University, Sentila Ao and professor, department of Education, St. Joseph University, Rev. Fr. Dr. Sunny Joseph.
“A Study on the Role of Women Centric Schemes towards Women Empowerment in Nagaland” was presented by research scholar, department of Economics, St. Joseph University, Nchumbeni S. Ovung.
Later, valedictory speech and distribution of certificates was done by Immanuel College vice-principal, Dr. Imchanochetla Changkija.


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