Binalakshmi Nepram presents, “The Extraordinary Non-violent Peace Movement by Indigenous Women in Manipur, India''

The Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) announced today that Binalakshmi Nepram is to speak on the peace movement by Indigenous women in India at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, via Zoom. The virtual presentation is free for members; $20 for non-members. Registration is required.

Binalakshmi Nepram will discuss the story of the forgotten, former Asiatic nation state of Manipur located on the Indo-Burma border. She will trace the struggle of the Indigenous Women of the state, now located in Northeast India, and how they developed a unique and unprecedented women's movement. Ms. Nepram will throw light on the unreported conflict region that is home to South Asia’s longest running war, where a martial law called the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act has been imposed on the population since 1958; she will also discuss the resilience of the people who have long struggled for democracy and rule of law.

Nepram’s presentation is part of the SECWAC 2021 monthly Speaker Series. Register in advance at

Binalakshmi “Bina” Nepram is an indigenous scholar and a woman human rights defender, whose work focuses on deepening democracy and championing women-led peace, security, and disarmament in Manipur, Northeast India, and South Asia. She is the founder of three organizations: the Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network, the Control Arms Foundation of India, and the Global Alliance of Indigenous Peoples, Gender Justice, and Peace. In 2010 Bina also initiated the Northeast India Women Initiative for Peace to ensure that indigenous women in Northeast India are included in peace talks and peace processes.

Bina has authored and edited five books, including Deepening Democracy, Diversity, and Women’s Rights in India (2019), Where Are Our Women in Decision Making? (2016), Meckley: A Historical Fiction on Manipur (2004) and South Asia’s Fractured Frontier (2002). Her work has garnered international recognition, including the Anna Politskovskaya Award (2018), Women have Wings Award (2016), CNN IBN Real Heroes Award (2011), Ashoka Social Innovators Fellowship (2011), and the Sean MacBride Peace Prize (2010).

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