APWWS actions gave women dignity
The APWWS has been spearheading movement against traditional practices of child marriage and violation of rights of girls and women besides demanding reservation for women in three-tier panchayat to involve them in decision making process. Such endeavours had resulted in enactment of Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women Act, 2002.
This had prompted Kurung Kumey DM Repo Ronya to ban child marriage on 07-12-06 (followed by Rajya Sabha with a bill on 15-12-06). Ronya along with SP Hibu Tamang had freed 14 girls from the clutches of child marriage, a traditional practice.
The APWWS during it annual general body meeting at Siddhartha Hall here in 1988 was that women are not purchasable commodities and unanimously banned all such social evils, like forced marriage, child marriage, polygamy etc.
By A O News Service
ITANAGAR, Oct 10: Arunachal Pradesh Women Welfare Society (APWWS), the apex women body of the state, which has charted a new path for local women, organized its two-day 39th foundation day celebration that concluded at Papu Nallah Dree Ground here on Wednesday.
Women & Child Development, Social Justice, Empowerment & Tribal Affairs Minister Nabam Rebia, speaking as chief guest, exhorted APWWS to take a proactive role in disciplining younger generations, particularly girls, who have been going wayward. “Sending “I love you message” through mobile even to elderly persons and refusing to stay in hostels for losing uncontrolled freedom” are matters for great concern for the society, he said to drive home his message.
He lauded APWWS for its painstaking efforts since inception for working to protect the rights and empowerment of women and announced the GoAP’s commitment to ensure all possible support in achieving its goal. He also announced to reconstitute presently defunct Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women soon.
While lauding the APWWS for its various welfare efforts concerning state’s women and children,
Capital Complex DC Prince Dhawan appreciated the APWWS for extending support, like audit of toilets in various Capital Complex Govt schools facilitating their repair. On the ongoing development of NH-415, he said that it is a time consuming process like the growth of a child and sought support of the masses.
He informed that the GoAP has sanctioned Rs. 100 lakh for installing light posts at various locations by honouring APWWS’s plea for safety of women and works are likely to begin from January next. He sought APWWS’s support for effective implementation of CM Samara Shiksa Scheme by conducting regular interactive sessions with the teaching faculty and students.
CEC president Bengia Dipti Tadar, in her key note address, divided APWWS works into three periods – men dominated ancient time, struggling middle phase and modern free era when women are enjoying equal rights like men. If NH development is obstructed, the APWWS would form an anti-corruption sena to expedite the works.
Chief advisor Jarjum Ete highlighted various contributions of APWWS since its inception in 1979 and recalled contributions of state’s leaders towards the welfare of womenfolk and urged Rebia to take up with the GoAP regarding woman reservation in PRI election.
APWWS CEC vice president Tojum Potom lauded Rebia’s concern as bitter truth as confronted in daily life by women being part of the society. She assured that APWWS would monitor to ensure implementation of lighting project for the safety and security of women.
CEC GS Kani Nada Maling and spokesperson Gumri Ringu also spoke.
During the two-day celebrations, Information on marriage registration and free legal services were given to about 400 participating members including 255 delegates from across the state.