The District Legal Services Authority (DLSA), Mawkyrwat in collaboration with the State Commission for Women and the office of the District Social Welfare Officer, Mawkyrwat conducted a Legal Awareness Programme for women on November 1 at the conference hall, PHE, Mawkyrwat.
L Nongsiej, a lawyer from Mawkyrwat spoke about the provisions of the Equal Remuneration Act, 1976, to provide for the payment of equal remuneration to men and women workers for prevention of discrimination on the ground of sex in the matter of employment.
She also briefly explains about the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013, the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence, Act 2005 wherein the victim can also claim maintenance under this Act.
N Hahshah, panel lawyer from DLSA, Mawkyrwat spoke about the various legal services available to women through the DLSA like providing free legal aid counsel to victims under the PWDV Aact, etc and also some of the legal provisions under the Indian Penal Code relating to crimes against women.
She encourages the women participants to visit the DLSA for free legal advice and to approach the DLSA for any assistance relating to services for women.
B Wanniang, supervisor of the office of the District Social Welfare Officer, Mawkyrwat spoke about the provisions and services provided in the Office of the District Social Welfare Officer. She said that under the PWDV Act, the District Social Welfare Officer is designated as Protection Officer for the protection of women under the act.
The resource persons also explained about the services under the Social Welfare Department like the District Child Protection Unit and the CWC for protection of Children, the Child Development Project Unit for the welfare of infants and the functions of the Office of the One Stop Centre for the welfare of women.
The programme ended with a vote of thanks from Lakyntiewdor Marpna who is a para-legal personnel of One Stop Centre, Mawkyrwat.
About 45 participants comprising teachers, Asha workers, Aganwadi workers, Seng Kynthei Shnong, office staff among others took part in the programme.