KOHIMA: National Commission for Women (NCW) Chairperson, Rekha Sharma, lauded the growing trend of female entrepreneurship in the Northeast, highlighting it as a “positive societal shift”.
“Women in the Northeast are becoming change-makers, venturing into entrepreneurship, startups, owning businesses, and even assuming leadership roles in various sectors,” remarked Chairperson Sharma during her visit to Kohima on February 7.
The NCW chairperson was in the Nagaland capital to attend the flagging-off ceremony of the second edition Women on Wheels (WoW) expedition to Assam and Nagaland.
Encouraging women in Nagaland to explore opportunities in the burgeoning tourism sector, Sharma highlighted the need for innovative business ventures.
“They should consider tourism-related businesses, tapping into the region’s increasing tourism potential. Women here are already accomplishing remarkable feats; they should aim for pioneering endeavours,” she urged.
Sharma stressed the imperative of ensuring the safety and security of women and all individuals, advocating for a society free of crime and discrimination.
Addressing the press, the NCW chairperson highlighted the positive trend of more women coming forward to voice their concerns and seek solutions.
“This is a promising development,” Sharma affirmed, as she joined the WOW team for a symbolic ride from the 2nd World War II Cemetery in Kohima to Medziphema.
Earlier, a 24-member WOW team (Season 2) arrived in the Nagaland capital on Tuesday afternoon, gearing up for their expedition.
During an interaction session, Sharma shed light on the challenges faced by the people of Northeast, especially women, in mainland India, stressing on resilience required to navigate life in unfamiliar surroundings.
Expressing optimism, she hoped that initiatives like WOW would contribute to raising awareness about the importance and integration of the Northeast region into the broader Indian landscape.
The expedition that will span from Diphu in Assam to Kohima in Nagaland through Kaziranga, Dibrugarh, and Guwahati, left Dimapur for Assam, on February 7.