Nagaland Governor: When will we see the first elected woman legislator?

DIMAPUR: Nagaland Governor Ashwani Kumar spoke on the need to translate the values of gender equality in the Indian Constitution into reality on the ground, with particular reference to the Naga society. As the governor sees it, no woman has ever been elected to the Nagaland State Assembly.

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Nagaland Governor Ashwini Kumar

“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”, he said in his address as the chief guest at the celebration of annual day at Pranabananda Women’s College here on Sunday. It was the Governor’s third address in the past three days to students of separate institutions in Dimapur.

“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.

He said latest research conducted by international organisations shows that empowerment of women through education and employment was the “quickest means for ensuring wellbeing 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,” he 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 come out from the portals of this institution,” he noted.

The vice president of Naga Mothers’ Association Marlyn Sale was felicitated and given 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.

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