Kohima: Hundreds of women, representing various tribal bodies, church and civil organisations, joined the nation-wide night walk campaign to advocate for women’s safety and rights. With banners and placards that read ‘Power walk — Our space our right’, the women paraded from TCP gate to Old MLA hostel junction via Razhü point, after a short ceremony in state capital Kohima on Sunday.
Forming two lines, women from all walks of life joined the march, which was organised by the Nagaland State Commission for Women (NSCW) in line with the directive issued by the National Commission for Women (NCW) to hold ‘night walks’ across state capitals of the country on March 1 from 7 pm.
Prior to the march, NSCW chairperson Khrienuo Tachu briefed that the march was organised to advocate the safety of women in public spaces 24×7. She emphasised that it “is essential and important for wholesome growth of societies across the world”. She expressed how cases of violence against women had not gone down even in the 21st century.
She further added that the main objective of the night walk is to advocate “safe environment for women to occupy public spaces sans time, to normalise women’s visibility in public spaces, to scale up and reach to a wider audience for women’s safety on the road, especially at night, and to facilitate a progressive mindset change in the society, to eradicate ‘victimhood’ and self-blaming”.
The night walk was flagged off by Sano Vamuzo, former chairperson of NSCW, who urged the need to spread love. She also urged all women who gathered for the march to sensitise and advocate to others about women’s safety and rights.