Kohima: With the theme “Indigenous women as knowledge keepers”, the two-day silver jubilee celebration of the Lotha Eloe Hoho (LEH), the apex women body of the Lotha Naga tribe, kick-started today at Wokha Tiyi Hall in Wokha town.

Abeni TCK Lotha, Chairperson of the Indian Red Cross Society of Nagaland state branch, graced the occasion as a special guest.

Speaking on the occasion, Abeni TCK Lotha emphasised the role of women in protecting and promoting the rich cultural heritage and tradition of the Lotha community. She said that women have been acting as catalysts of social change and development.

She further stated: “Our ancestors were visionary and resilient. We need to share our history with the younger generation so that they can imbibe and inherit the good deeds of our ancestors.”

Lotha also stressed the need to have a proper roadmap to work for the welfare of the Lotha women folks, in particular, and Nagas in general. She also hailed the men for their love and support towards the womenfolk. She also mentioned that the Lotha women and Nagas also have a wider role to play in the protracted Naga political solution. 

Er Mhondamo Ovung, Chairman of Lotha Hoho, urged the gathering to uphold and preserve the rich culture and tradition of the Lotha tribe.

Chairperson for Nagaland State Commission for women, Khrienuo Tachü said that Lotha Eloe Hoho has achieved a milestone guided through their motto ‘Zeal and Progress” (Rhumhen osi Tsukaranka). She asked all women to realise their inner strength to become efficient leaders and pathfinders in all domains of their family, social and political life.

Abei Meru, President Naga Mothers Association (NMA), said that over the years LEH has stood for peace and justice for the rights of Naga women.

During the programme, a souvenir was launched by the special guest, Abeni TCK Lotha. Around 500 delegates from 57 units attended the two-day programme, which will culminate on Friday.

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