Call for change, gender equality at KJT jubilee
Kohima, Sep. 28 (EMN): There is a need to focus on progressing and moving forward instead of remaining under the influence of the past. The wisdom and experience of men and women together will lead to balanced development of the society, according to a retired government official addressing a community programme in Kohima.
A retired director of Higher Education, Dr. Anungla Aier, who said so, was addressing the Kohima Japukongtsur Telongjem’s (KJT) silver jubilee celebrations as its main speaker on September 28 in Kohima.
Speaking about social transformation of the society, Aier expressed strong aversion for gender inequality in the Naga society.
Highlighting the status of Ao women, she said achievements made in the field of academics, professional and private sectors were all attained through effort. It was not gained through lineage but by sweat and hard work, she said.
“Only when the wisdom and experience of men and women converge together, than there will be balanced development in the society,” Aier said, emphasising on the need for ‘equal distribution of power’ between men and women, ‘to carry forward the society.’
Lamenting what she claimed was ‘lack of platform for Naga women to express their voice,’ Aier observed that the role of Naga women cannot be established starting from the student level to the political field despite the population of women and its vote being considerable.
Aier regretted also that the society was at loss as ‘women were not given equal participation.’ She called upon the men to deeply reflect on giving due platform to women, where they can have a voice.
The message of minister for Higher and Technical Education and Tribal Affairs, Temjen Imna Along, was delivered by his personal secretary, who conveyed greetings and said that the society was going through rapid change and transformation, for which he urged the womenfolk to introspect if they are working at par with ‘progressive society.’ He urged the KJT to be dedicated in all walks of life, work together and in unity prepare for the 50 years’ jubilee.
The celebrations featured the release of the jubilee’s souvenir, and folk music.