J&KSCW reaches out to women of Chenab valley, Chairperson exhorts women to come out with the issues

DODA, NOV 27: With the objective to reach out to the women in their own habitat and thus address any kind of issues and problems that they are faced with, the Jammu and Kashmir State Commission for Women (J&K SCW) led by its chairperson Mrs Nayeema Mahjoor visited Bahderwah and Kishtwar regions of Doda district last week.

The J&K SWC delegation which started its visit from an interactive programme organized by Programme Officer ICDS Doda in collaboration with Rector Bhaderwah campus at Lal Ded Auditorium at Jammu University’s Bhaderwah Campus, had a very detailed interaction with an impressive gathering of over 200 women of the region including girls students of the University campus, Asha and Anganwari workers.

The Chairperson, while interacting with the women at Bhaderwah and later at Kishtwar, laid emphasis on women education saying there’s no alternative to education and problems in life arise only if people especially women are not well educated. “Every problem has a solution but only with education we can move forward,” she said adding that besides teaching our daughters to become doctors and engineers, we must also inculcate basic moral values to them.  “It’s our responsibilities to change the traditional mindsets of people towards women so that women are given equal status in every field of life,” she added.

Exhorting women of the region to come out and highlight their problems or issues, Mrs. Nayeema Mahjoor said every woman is an ambassador of the Commission. She insisted that every woman should become a role model for the society as they have capabilities to work better than men and are good at multi tasking. They should realize their potential and the society should consider them as part of community and allocate responsibilities to them which otherwise belong to men, she added.

Mrs Nayeema Mahjoor also asked every participant to feel free to reach the Commission in any matter related to women and assured them of every possible help from the government.

“In this week of roaming around the Chenab valley, we met hundreds of women and listened to their issues and concerns which gave us a real picture of the whole region that it has remained under-developed with no proper institutions except few power projects of NHPC,” informed Mrs Mahjoor adding that the Chenab valley which suffered badly due to violence during the peak of conflict in Jammu and Kashmir, has a scattered population with small pockets at a distance of 30- 40 miles in between and most living on their own meager resources.

Though, many political families live here but practically least has been done to bring basic facilities in these upper region pockets, the SWC chairperson informed added that the it is hard to imagine how the houses built on steep hills or mountains survive during heavy rain when these mud hills and mountains slide down.

The chairperson, sharing her experiences, said that during a visit to such a remote and far flung village of Beoli in Doda district, the villagers who have no access to water and transport facilities, apprised her of the same and demanded water and education facilities besides SRTC transport facilities to their village.

Earlier, Mr. Ajaz Abdullah, Secretary, J&K State Women’s Commission, gave a brief description about the Commission and added that the disputes related to domestic violence, sexual harassment, rape, dowry, gender inequality; forced prostitution can be settled by the SWC. He underline that it is not just a Commission but an outreach institution which is working in every sphere to listen women’s grievance pertaining to different issues and solve them amicably.

Various other speakers including Member SWC Mrs Gulzar Masoodi, Rector Bhaderwah campus  Prof G.M Butt, PO ICDS Mr Surat Singh, Anganwari workers etc.