Prof Rosemary Dzuvichu was conferred the “Peace Award 2022 during the programmed commemorating the “International Peace Day”
By Imna Longchar, TFM Nagaland Correspondent
As people from all walk of lives commemorate the “International Peace Day”, the Peace Channel Dimapur (PCD) also celebrated its foundation day cum annual 15th Knit Fest 2022 on Wednesday at its Centre, 7th Mile, Chümoukedima.
Commissioner of Police, Dimapur, Rothihu Tetseo, gracing the programme said that peace is important in the society as “development and security prevail with the presence of peace”.
Tetseo was also of the view that along with tribalism, “trust deficiency” is also one among many other issues faced in Nagaland and added that peace means “adjustment and forgive first”, and unless one forgive somebody one cannot have peace and so through the power of love one could attain peace. He also lit the ceremonial lamp.
Following the programme was the annual Peace Award ceremony where Prof Rosemary Dzuvichu was conferred the “Peace Award 2022”.
Prof Dzuvichu is a professor of English literature at Nagaland University and a peace activist and she has been teaching since 1982 in colleges and universities. With many accolades to her credit as professor and a peace activist, Prof Rosemary is the first women co-convenor of the Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR); an advisory board member of South East Asian Peace and Conflict Studies; A Drafting Committee member on the Peace studies syllabus for Indian Universities; A Jury member of the World Court of Women for Peace; An expert committee member on North East National Commission for women. Earlier she served as a member of the Forum for Naga reconciliation; and was also the President of CEC, Nagaland University Teachers Association. Currently, she is serving as the Co-convenor of Global Naga Forum; President of the Rotary Club of Kohima, and presently an adviser to the Naga Mother’s Association (NMA), an apex body of women in the state.
Under the aegis of Naga Mother’s Association (NMA), Dr. Rosemary along with her peace team facilitated dialogue and brought conflicting parties to a negotiating table. In 2011, she also initiated litigation which led to the 33% representation of women in urban bodies in Nagaland, also led three NMA peace missions into Myanmar as Convenor, NMA Peace committee. Throughout the years she has made a valuable contribution, particularly in the field of reconciliation, peace building, and in dealing with human rights issues and political empowerment.
The session was moderated by Vitono Gugu Haralu, while Daiguang Riamei did a reading from different scriptures. Earlier, director, Peace Channel, and principal, NEISSR, Dr Fr. C P Anto, welcomed the august gathering where leaders from various faith and traditions attended the programme.