S. Phangnon Konyak, a distinguished leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Nagaland, has etched her name in history through significant achievements in the realm of politics. As the State President of BJP Mahila Morcha, she has been at the forefront of empowering women and driving positive change in the state’s political landscape.
Breaking Barriers: Nagaland’s First Female Rajya Sabha MP
In a historic moment, S. Phangnon Konyak shattered barriers and made history by becoming the first woman from Nagaland to secure a seat in the prestigious Rajya Sabha, the Upper House of India’s Parliament. This momentous achievement occurred in April 2022 and solidified her position as a pioneering politician from the region.
A New Milestone: Appointed to the Panel of Vice-Chairpersons
Continuing her trailblazing journey, S. Phangnon Konyak achieved another remarkable milestone on July 17, 2023. She was appointed as the inaugural woman member to the panel of vice-chairpersons in the Rajya Sabha. This appointment carries immense significance as it reflects a progressive step towards achieving gender equality within India’s legislative body.
Promoting Gender Equality: Rajya Sabha’s Progressive Move
With a bold step towards promoting gender equality, the Chairman of Rajya Sabha, Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar, nominated four women members to the panel of Vice-Chairpersons. This decision marked a historic moment as, for the first time in the Upper House’s history, women constituted 50% of the total panel members.
Distinguished Women on the Panel
Accompanying S. Phangnon Konyak on the panel are three other accomplished women leaders. PT Usha, a former track and field athlete, brings her expertise and dedication to the legislative affairs. Dr. Fauzia Khan, representing the Nationalist Congress Party, contributes her experience and insights to the panel’s proceedings. Sulata Deo, from the Biju Janata Dal, offers her expertise in governance and policy matters. Together, these women are driving positive change and contributing to a more inclusive political environment.
Nagaland’s Rising Women Leaders
The political landscape of Nagaland is witnessing the emergence of strong women leaders who are breaking traditional barriers. On March 7, in a significant milestone, Salhoutuonuo Kruse and Hekani Jakhalu, both from the ruling Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party, became the first women candidates to be elected in the state assembly election. This historic achievement holds particular significance as it marks the first time in 60 years since Nagaland attained statehood that two women candidates have succeeded in the electoral process.
S. Phangnon Konyak’s journey from being a distinguished BJP leader in Nagaland to becoming the state’s first female Rajya Sabha MP has been an inspiring tale of determination and leadership. Her appointment to the panel of vice-chairpersons, alongside other accomplished women, is a significant step towards achieving gender equality in India’s political landscape. As Nagaland continues to witness the rise of women leaders, it is evident that the path to progress and inclusivity is being paved, leaving a lasting impact on the future of politics in the region.
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