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Translate values of gender equality: Guv

By EMN Updated: Oct 26, 2013 11:18 pm

Staff Reporter

GOVERNOR Ashwani Kumar on Saturday harped on the need to translate the values of gender equality printed on the texts of the Indian Constitution “into reality on the ground”, with particular reference to Naga society.
“The first step towards providing justice is ensuring equality before law, irrespective of gender. Our Constitution already has provisions for equality and justice for women, especially in the social, economic and political fields.“However, a lot still needs to be done to translate these high objectives into reality on the ground. In our State, we are still looking for the first woman to be elected to the Nagaland Vidhan Sabha,” Kumar said in his address as the chief guest at the celebration of annual day at Pranabananda Women’s College here on Saturday. It was the Governor’s third address in the past three days to students of separate institutions in Dimapur.
“If we want to improve our society, if we want to have better quality of life, if we want to fulfill the mandate of our Constitution and ensure justice and equality for all citizens irrespective of tribe, caste, creed or sex, then we must educate our girls and women,” the Governor shared.
He cited “latest research conducted by international organizations” which shows empowerment of women through education and employment as the “quickest means for ensuring well being of the family, economic progress and peace.”
Along this line, he pointed out, “most progressive governments” have taken the steps necessary to empower women through education and economic development.
“I think the next few decades of this century will see maximum efforts being made to provide equality through education, economic activity and political participation. Therefore girls, don’t feel despondent, prepare yourself for the opportunities and challenges that await you in the coming decades,” h advised.
The Governor also lauded the institution for its more than two decades of socio-philanthropic work in the State. “During this period it has rendered selfless service to the Naga community. Thousands of girls and women have passed from the portals of this institution,” he noted.
The Governor, who was accompanied by his wife, was also entertained with folk dances and indigenous music by the students.
The vice-President of Naga Mothers’ Association, Marlyn Sale was felicitated and given due recognition for her services rendered to the society. Each year the college follows the tradition of awarding one Naga woman in recognition of her contributions made to the Naga society, especially on issues related to women.

By EMN Updated: Oct 26, 2013 11:18:51 pm