IMPHAL: The Democratic Students Alliance of Manipur (DESAM) and Manipur State Commission for Women (MSCW) have jointly organized a one day awareness programme on women rights and responsibility for sustainable development.
A press release of DESAM signed by its secretary publicity and propaganda Rashikumar Sharma stated that the awareness programme after drawing inspiration from the “Sustainable Development Goals” adopted by United Nation on October 25, 2015 and relating it to the perspective of women rights.
In the keynote address, DESAM’s secretary of women welfare Sanoujam Nikita stated that women are kept under severe restrictions in our society and kept aside at the time of decisions making even though they had headed from the forefront at the time of many crisis in the state.
She added that intensive awareness programmes are needed to be initiated in order to bring a sense of gender equality and to empower the roles of women in the state. She also sought necessary attention from the state government for establishing a first track special court in every district to deal with the matter. She pleaded to the general public not to respond with narrow-mindedness when appearing as witnesses in the trials of crimes against women, while seeking the concerned authority to draw up protective measures for the security of the witnesses.
RK Tharaksana appreciated the roles taken up by the mothers for the betterment of the society and stated that the protection of women rights and acknowledging their responsibilities were necessary parts in order to bring gender equality in the state.
Professor Binota also mentioned that the state government needs to raise the allotment of budget for women welfare multiple times saying that women are far more than men in the population of the state.
Vice-president of DESAM Shital Oinam said that existence of differences between men and women and division discrimination behavior as a tradition in the society should be collectively rectified.
The programme was also attended by the member of MSCW Lourembam Dayapati and chairman Child Welfare Committee Imphal West advocate Thyam Rajkishore as the resource persons of the awareness programme,