NCW holds consultation on draft tiol policy for NE women

By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, June 27: Problems being faced by women owing to customary laws in vogue and unique socio-geographical-economical situation of the Northeast came to the fore during a day-long regiol consultation on Draft tiol Policy for Women, 2016 here today. Addressing a press conference at the end of the meet, tiol Commission for Women chairperson Lalitha Kumaramangalam said most of the suggestions were about strategy and policy. Lalitha said the issue of gender budgeting and skill development as per the need of the area was raised. The issue of ownership of agricultural assets was an important aspect raised at the meet, the NCW chief said. Witch hunting, trafficking, lack of property rights, practice of customary laws with no written format hindered women’s rights, the participants stated during the consultation. Problems of lack of proper sanitation facilities, stricter monitoring of Right to Education, attention to disabled and ageing women, need for more short-stay homes were issues raised during the meet. Lalitha said the suggestions would be incorporated in the fil Policy. Today’s meet was the last of five consultations held across the country.