The observation was attended by the DPO of ICDS Ukhrul, CDPOs of various blocks and staff of One Stop Cemtre, Ukhrul. Music artist Theithei Luithui presented two songs during the programme.
TFM Ukhrul Correspondent
International Women’s Day 2023 was observed at Ukhrul under the theme “DigitALL: Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality” at DRDA Hall, Mini Secretariat Complex, Ukhrul on Thursday. Organised by District Administration in collaboration with ICDS Cell-Ukhrul and Sakhi -One Stop Centre, Ukhrul.
Superintendent of Police, Ukhrul, Ningshem Vashum attended the observation as chief guest and Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology of Pettigrew College, Pamchuila K Shimray as the speaker.
Ningshem Vashum stated that “charity begins at home. To have a gender equality in our society, the process of equality must first begin at home. Let us think and dwell deeper on the present position of a wife and a daughter in a family and Tangkhul women as a whole in our community. Since ours is a patriarchal society, in every field, the decision is being taken by the menfolk.”
Ningshem Vashum also implored the gathering to ponder on the issues that are prevailing in our society like the inheritance of property for the girl child, place of a woman, as a decision-making body in the family and society and also giving the same emphasis on education to boys and girls. “Unless we have a gender equality, there will be lopsided development on our society,” he added.
Pamchuila K Shimray, in her address, stated that, “I want to thank my father and mother for making me who I am today. Their unflinching support and encouragement in my early education have shaped me and molded me to become what I am today.
She also cited an example about the works programme being up under MGNREGS in the village level. She questioned, on who decides what work to be taken up in the village ? Where, at any point of time, women are invited by the authority to propose the works to be taken up in the village through MGNREGS?
She asserted that “women should be given more room in the decision-making of a family and in the society. Since 1975, we have been celebrating International Women’s Day to remind ourselves that gender equality is possible.”
She also added that “we women are also part of the problems and stumbling blocks in bringing gender equality in our society. We must rise up by changing our mindset. Our brought up greatly determines who we are. As a parent, what we do and how we do at home is very important for our children. Gender equality can be achieved when there is equity in our society. Efficient and proper use of technology can help us achieve gender equality.”
The observation was attended by the DPO of ICDS Ukhrul, CDPOs of various blocks and staff if One Stop Cemtre, Ukhrul. Music artist Theithei Luithui presented two songs during the programme.