Kohima district administration in collaboration with the District Hub for Empowerment of Women, Kohima held an orientation and sensitization programme under Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) on November 15 at Khonoma. The welcome address was delivered by SDO (C), Sechü Zubza, Tiayanger Jamir.
He delivered a brief explanation of why the BBBP scheme was introduced in India and encouraged the community to give equal rights, equal attention and equal platform to the womenfolk.
Dr. Teputo, Medical Officer, Khonoma spoke on “Sexual Health, Menstrual Health and Mental Health.” Speaking on mental health, he said not only a healthy body was necessary but a healthy mind was also essential for the overall development of an individual. In cases of depression, anxiety and other mental issues, he urged the students to seek help. He stated that the stigma associated with Mental Health and Menstrual Health should be removed from the society.
Advocate-cum-panel lawyer, Kohima DLSA, Viliezonuo Rhetso highlighted the POSCO Act and its various aspects like the definition of offences, reporting of offences, lodging FIRs, counseling etc.
She stressed on the “best interests of the child” as a primary factor to be considered while dealing with sexual offence cases against children. Sohile Tep, District Coordinator, Poshan Abhiyaan highlighted the Sukanya Samriddhi Account Scheme (SSY). She explained that the scheme was intended for the girl child’s education and marriage. She also highlighted the eligibility criteria, age limit, where to apply, required documents, interest rates etc.
Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana Scheme was highlighted by Vimenu Richa, DEO for PMMVY, DHEW, Kohima. She explained at length the objectives of the scheme, who can apply, documents required and where to apply.
Later, the programme concluded with vote of thanks by chairman, Khonoma Village.
Free Project Baala sanitary pads were also distributed. Project Baala is an innovative menstrual health solutions provider which aims to ensure that every women and girl can have access to affordable and sustainable menstrual hygiene solutions.