First Northeast Women Peace Congregation in Imphal
IMPHAL, March 25
[dropcap]M[/dropcap]anipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh today inaugurated first North East Indian women peace congregation in Imphal today.
The congregation was jointly organized by the Control arms foundation and India and Manipur women gun survivors’ network (MWGSN) and supported by European Union and Welthungerhilfe.
speaking at the on the occasion Chief Minister said that he is confident of regaining its lost trust, love, peace and harmony once again and enjoyed the bountiful natural gifts bestowed to us by nature.Lauding activities of the activities of MWGSN, Ibobi said, “I really appreciate the effort put up by renowned personalities to sensitise the government as well as all stakeholders on the issue.”
While the government is takin all possible measures to protect the rights and priviledges of womenfolks, he added it is a welcome step that this organization is also taking measures in supporting the victims in terms of psychological and economical way to uphold dignity in the society.
Chairperson of Manipur Women Commission Dr L Ibetombi, Public Health Engineering department minister Irengbam Hemochandra, Counsellor Theralf Stenvold of Royal Norwegian Embassy, and Project Coordinator of Welthungerhilfe Neha Naqvi besides Prof Kshetri Bimola of Manipur University, Editor Aja Valley Rose, Pratibha Brahma of North East Research and social work Bodoland, Executive Editor of Eastern Sentinel Kenter Riba, Advocate Saturpa Bhatarcharjee of Legal rights forum Shillong, Rose Mangshi of Kuki Mothers’ Association, Muslim women leader Sitara Begum, Womenfolk organization leaders S Momon, Lourembam Nganbi, Rinyui Chon of Ukhrul district women institute of Microfinance also attended the congregation.
According to the organizer, the aim of the congregation is to meet and strategise to develop a regional action plan on women peace abd security with reference to United Nations Security council resolution 1325 which will be taken up with relevant stakeholders of Government of India.
The day’s congregation is the culmination of women network meetings held acriss all the eight states of the North East India and to strategise for absolute participation of women in decision making forums and space, socio-economic empowerment of women of the region, gender sensitization of the state security forces and need for inclusion of peace education the curriculum of the educational institutions.