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Naga society still steeped in obsolete traditions

Kohima | February 10: A workshop on “Rights of the girl child & future implications of imbalanced sex ratio” was held here today at the LCS building under the aegis of Nagaland State Social Welfare Board (NSSWB), Kohima. NSSWB chairperson M. Rakhila Lakiumong in her address called upon the women folk to strive for excellence in all fields. She also called upon the gathering to give special attention towards the growth of their children education and lead them to the correct path.
The day long workshop dwelt on adolescent reproductive and reproductive health, rights of girl child and future implications of imbalance sex ratio. The resource persons of the workshop included Dr. Lichamo Yanthan, joint director (training), department of health & family welfare, advocate Ashu Theyo and Vincent Belho, branch manager, Family Planning Association of India, Nagaland state branch. Vote of thanks was proposed by R. Juliana Medom, VAB counselor, NSSWB, Kohima.
The Board said the Naga society is still steeped in obsolete traditions and special institutions and taboos that hamper the freedom of women and girls. Many Naga girl and women have rise pot of these constrictions and succeed in a formally male dominated filed. Literacy rate of girls has rises. Women/girls have bettered their male counterparts in many fields. However, the Board said, there are lot more to be changed. The board said even ion the provision of development services and opportunities, discrimination against girls and women persists. What then can be done? And must be done? It said.
It also stated that harassments and exploitation of women is unacceptable and is strongly opposed. But, women have no say nor standing even in decision making bodies of the local rural government or village forum. In families, domestic violence against women is prevalent. The Board said that parents, especially mothers should consider the rights and welfare of their daughters and understand their problem. Parents should treat children equally in all matters. Parents should not discriminate while giving love, affection, attention and opportunities to children and at the same time “Boys should respect girls as equals, protect them and fight for their rights.” The board also felt that public awareness and change of attitude would bring the much-needed change. “Society should make a concerted effort to improve the condition of our girl child.”

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