State-Level Women’s Health Seminar Held in Tawang

The Arunachal Pradesh State Women Commission (APSCW) organized a one-day state-level seminar on Women’s health at Zomkhang hall, Tawang. The seminar, sponsored by the National Commission for Women (NCW), New Delhi, received local support from the district administration and Women’s Welfare Association (WWA) of Tawang.During the inaugural session, Deputy Commissioner of Tawang, Kesang Ngurup Damo, expressed his gratitude to APSCW and NCW for organizing this significant program focusing on the general and mental health of women in Tawang. He commended the WWA Tawang and its members for their contribution to keeping Tawang clean and raising awareness. He encouraged all women in the district to actively participate in the social activities of WWA, emphasizing that respect for women is essential for societal prosperity. Deputy Commissioner Damo also highlighted the recent formation of the new Child Welfare Committee, led by Chairperson Norbu Drema, a retired headmistress. He stressed the importance of preserving the use of the mother tongue. Additionally, he mentioned the successful collaboration between WWA Tawang, Arunachal Rising Campaign, and the district’s celebration of International Women’s Day. The event honored the first lady doctor of the district and other young women serving in central paramilitary forces across the country.In her keynote address, Chairman of APSCW, Kenjum Pakam, mentioned that the seminar was organized in Tawang as per the directives of the National Commission for Women, New Delhi. Although the national chairperson was scheduled to attend, she couldn’t due to technical reasons. Chairman Pakam highlighted the minimal cases of domestic violence in Tawang based on the reports from the One Stop Centre. Thus, conducting a seminar on women’s health was deemed more appropriate for the region. Quoting the Dalai Lama, she emphasized the importance of prioritizing health over wealth.Special Guest, Zila Chairperson Tawang, Leki Gombu, expressed gratitude to APSCW for their visit and guidance to the women of Tawang. He encouraged the participants to actively engage in the technical session and benefit from the knowledge shared by the resource persons. Gombu also called upon WWA Tawang to support the eradication of wild cannabis plants before flowering and assured cooperation from PRI members and villagers for this noble cause.During the program, 15 beneficiaries who had received training in baking displayed their cakes of different flavors. These young unemployed women were trained by Sonam Lhamo of Yura Tsangpo Patisserie, with sponsorship from APSCW and local support from WWA Tawang. The 15 beneficiaries were felicitated for their successful completion of the training.In the technical session, Dr. Tenzin Kunga, a gynecologist at KDS Tawang, provided information on breast, ovarian, and cervical cancer, as well as common reproductive and maternal health issues. Dr. Tashi Sangmo raised awareness about depression and anxiety. APSCW Member, Kago T Yassung, also addressed various women’s health issues at length.The program concluded with a vote of thanks from Member Secretary of APSCW, Sangeeta Yirang.

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