NWF National General Council elects new national leaders

Kotekal : The 3rd National General Council of the National Women’s Front was held today at Malabar House, Puttanathani, Kerala. The council started with the introduction by the National President Sister Shahida Tasnim. She stated “the last two years of the organization were the years of growth. We were successful in reaching new places and setting state committees in Goa and Andhra Pradesh. The organization also received good response from women activist from Delhi which has encouraged us to take our movement to the northern part of India in the coming term”.
The inauguration speech was delivered by A Saeed, National President of Social Democratic Party of India. He stated “ the entire world is in confusion in choosing what is right and what is evil. Leaders, scholars and even thinkers are silent on very critical issues facing the society. A movement which claims to be fighting for the rights of the people should present an uncompromising stand towards rights and against evil.”
The business session was chaired by the National President Shahida Tasnim in which the General Secretary Asiya Maryam presented the national report. The house discussed the key facts mentioned in the report. The report highlighted the growth of the organization in new states and also suggested new plans to improve the performance in the next term.
The election procedure was conducted by the returning officer Anis Ahmed, National Advisory Board member NWF.

The General Assembly elected a 13 member National Committee and also the new office bearer. The new leadership is as below:
1. Shahida Aslam Karnataka – President
2. Alima Fathima Tamil Nadu – Vice President
3. Fareeda Hasan Kerala
4. Shifa Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu – Secretary
5. Shahida Tasnim, Karnataka – Treasurer
6. Zainaba Ali, Kerala – National Committee Member
7. Asiya Maryam, Tamil Nadu – National Committee Member
8. Nousheera Karnataka – National Committee Member
9. Atiya Firdos, Delhi – National Committee Member
10. Shareena Najib, Kerala – National Committee Member
11. Habeeba Usman, Kerala – National Committee Member
12. Rehana, Goa – National Committee Member
13. Safiya Erode, Tamil Nadu – National Committee Member
The leadership oath to the president was given by the returning officer later the newly elected president pronounced the oath to the newly elected office bearers and national committee member. The programme concluded with the valedictory speech of the newly elected National President Shahida Aslam who motivated the members to put in more efforts for the protection of rights and social justice.
After the general assembly the Kerala State Committee organized a felicitation for the newly leadership at Vyabar Bhavan, Kotakal town. The programme was attended by gathering district cadres and leaders.

The following resolutions were passed by the National General Council of National Women’s Front
1. Provide security, justice and rehabilitation to Muzaffarnagar riot victims.
The NGC of NWF demanded the immediate rehabilitation and adequate protection of the riot victims of Muzaffarnagar. The government failed to attend the basic needs of the people displaced from their homes and native villages. The NGC strongly believes that rehabilitating the families thrown out of their native villages along with providing security to their lives and properties is the primary task the government has to fulfil. The NGC demands the UP government to take immediate steps to solve the humanitarian crisis and fulfill is promises.

2. Pass the Communal Violence Bill in the upcoming parliament session.

The country has been infected by the deadly virus of communalism since independence. This inturn resulted in various communal riots which has caused an extreme loss to the country and especially to the Muslim community. After every riots the culprits go scot free and no legal action is taken on them. Such negligence by the law authorities has only increases the confidence of the communal fascist forces. The demand for the communal violence bill is a long pending demand which has only seen promises but no actions. The NGC of NWF demands that the government immediately brings into effect a powerful communal violence bill in the upcoming lok sabha session and take quick steps for its implementation.

3. Take immediate steps for protection of women

Since the past few years the issue of rapes has come to the national attention. It is a tragedy that even after so much discussion happening about this issue the government and police has failed miserably to protect the women from such heinous crimes. Every day we see a new incident happening in almost all the cities of country. The cases happening to women from rural and tribal areas not even reported. The NGC of NWF strongly demands the central and state governments to take the issue very seriously and give top priority to the protection of women.

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