22 Sep : A Cultural-cum-Ethnic Fashion Show, organized by the Eastern Nagaland Women Organisation (ENWO) concluded on 19th September 2008 at Multi-purpose Hall, Indira Gandhi Stadium, Kohima. Chief Minister of Nagaland, Neiphiu Rio, the chief guest of the programme lauded the ENWO for putting up such a show where local textile, designs and products are exhibited.
He complimented the efforts of the Eastern Naga people stating that they had shown immense progress in all spheres in the last few years. Dwelling on the importance of women’s contribution in everyday life he opined that people fail to realize and recognize when women work, but when women stop working then it becomes more visible. Today as the unique and rich cultural tradition and history of the Nagas has been recognized, we have to make more efforts to flourish and cultivate them. He called on to stop infighting among ourselves so that we can fit into a civilized society. On the concept of freedom he added that we should not misunderstand the term, if you want freedom then to respect the freedom of others he added.
Rio also appealed to the various Naga tribes to bring out their distinct and select tribal textile/design and maintain them in the form of books as records for the sake of posterity. He further encouraged to bring out a recipe book on Naga dishes and cuisines so that they can be popularized. The CM later declared open the cultural-cum-ethnic fashion show.
The Anghya of Konyak Longwa village, Ali, who was the guest of honour called on the women to bring up their families uprightly when our problems are set well, society leads a good life wherein we find happiness, life trustworthy, property and meaningful life. On the prevalence of evils such as corruption, bribery, rape and cold blooded killing she reminded Nagas on the age old practice of honesty, loyalty and love. We should outrightly speak out what is right and what is wrong and utmost respect on the dignity and chastity of women should be uphold.
In her keynote address, Asangla Cholong, President ENWO stressed on the gender equality of women, education and social justice for all women, peaceful co-existence and women empowerment. Various cultural dances and songs were the other highlights of the programme. The programme was attended by Ministers, MLAs, Chief Secretary and other state officials besides host of well wishers.