KOHIMA: Rajya Sabha MP and Vice Chairperson S Phangnong Konyak, who addressed the opening session of the 5th general conference of the Eastern Nagaland Women’s Organisation (ENWO) on Thursday, called upon the women of eastern Nagaland to embrace unity, forgiveness, and solidarity among the “seven sisters” of the region.
Speaking in Longkhim town, Konyak highlighted the significance of peace and urged the women to become agents of reconciliation and harmony in the eastern region. Acknowledging the unique blend of developmental challenges and cultural richness in eastern Nagaland, she stressed the importance of preserving the heritage and values rooted in tradition.
Highlighting the crucial role of women’s participation in politics as a means to shape policies and drive comprehensive development, Konyak, who became the first ever woman member of Rajya Sabha to be appointed to the panel of vice-chairpersons on July 17, underlined the potential of women as key architects of a brighter future.
During the event, Konyak inaugurated an exhibition showcasing the accomplishments of ENWO units and unveiled the organization’s magazine. Prominent figures, including Lithrongla Tongpi Rutsa, Deputy Commissioner of Tuensang; R Tsapikiu Sangtam, ENPO President; Alem Bashang, Special Transport Officer; and Brigadier Vikram Singh of 7 Sector Assam Rifle, also addressed the gathering.
The conference’s first day was marked by a diverse array of activities, including a captivating folk fusion performance by Changsao Thangjam Setshang, a soulful lullaby presented by Khiamniungan Menyiu Hoikam, and a mesmerising folk song by the Tikhir Women Association.
A key participant in various legislative endeavors, Konyak holds a prominent role in the Committee on Transport, Tourism, and Culture. Furthermore, she actively contributes to the Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region. The BJP MP’s commitment extends to the Committee on Empowerment of Women and the Governing Council of the North-Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences, Shillong.