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International  Women’s Day observed

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Gaikhangam slams BJP for not supporting Women’s Bill

Deputy CM Gaikhangam slams BJP for not supporting the Women’s Reservation Bill while speaking on International Women’s Day observance at Congress Bhawan.
“Congress party under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi has tabled the  Women’s Reservation Bill in the parliament 4 to 5 times during UPA government in the Center, but the Bill could not be passed as BJP did not support the Bill “, Gaikhangam said.
He further said, however the party has strong determination for up-liftman of women in every sphere within the congress party.
He further encouraged women in the state to utilize their Virtues, Beauty and Power within each woman for better cause. And he highlighted the importance of the change of discriminated mindset towards women in society.
Chief Minister, O Ibobi, who graced the observance function as Chief Guest recalled the history of how the international Women Day started observing across the globe. He said the day is observed in recognitions to the achievement of the women across the world irrespective of their nationality and ethinicity.
 Apart from CM and Dy. CM, Jarjum Ete, General Secretary, AIMCC in charge Manipur, other congress MPs, Ministers, Parliamentary Secretary, MLAs, Office bearers of MPCC, Frontal & Cells, Congress Councillors, Members of Zilla Parishad, Pradhans, Presidents DMCC, BMCC among others took part in the function.
Later in relation with the observance a discussion session on “Women & Law” was also held.

Women are still discriminated even after knowing their roles

Observation of International Women’s Day was held at Tribal Research Institute, Chingmeirong, Imphal  today, on the theme “Planet 50-50 by 2030 : Step it up for Gender Equality”. The event was jointly organised by Department of Social Welfare, Govt. of Manipur and Manipur State Women’s Development Corporation Limited, Imphal.
Speaking on the occasion as Chief Guest, Social Welfare Minister AK. Mirabai Devi said that in today’s society, Women have been lifting the responsibilities of looking after domestic needs and other challenges.  However, in many account women are being discriminated in society and they are not even entitled to equal rights and opportunities as entitled to men. In the present era, many women’s are being literate and they must try to participate in decision making bodies. There should be equality with men and women socially, economically and politically and the roles and contributions of women in the society need recognition.
The minister stressed the needs for collective effort to check atrocities committed in different forms against women. She also appeals to avail the benefits and opportunities of various scheme and programme undertaken by the Social Welfare Department.
Principal Secretary of Social Welfare SK. Dev Verman in his speech said that the department has taken up various scheme and programme for development and upliftment of women. Recently two projects were launched in Thoubal and Senapati district which would be extended to other district as well in due course of time. He further said the roles of  NGO’s are very important, while implementing various projects and  he is hopeful that, those NGO’s work well and utilized fund properly.
As part of the observation, the gathering were entertained with Songs and Short Plays  based of ‘Domestic Violence’ by officials of Social Welfare Department and NGO’s.  First, Second, Third and Consolations prizes of Painting Competition were distributed on the occasion which was held on March 6, 2016 in two categories.
The observation was attended by MLA O. Landhoni Devi as President, Principal Secretary, SW S.K.Dev Verman IAS, Director, SW L. Nabakishwar Singh IAS and Chairperson, Manipur Commission for Protection of Child Rights S. Saratkumar Sharma as Guest of Honours respectivel

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