“It is time that women in Northeast India start staking our rightful claim at the negotiating table to find peace in the region”
A two day Conclave on Northeast India Women Initiative for Peace, 19th & 20th January 2011, Conference Room 1, India International Centre, 40 Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi 110003.
New Delhi, 18th January 2011: Civil society organisations, women activists, youth and violence survivors from the Northeast, scholars, parliamentarians and members of several think tanks and policy makers are coming together for the Fourth Conclave of Northeast India Women Initiative for Peace during a two day meet at India International Center in New Delhi to be held on 19th and 20th January 2011.
The violence in Northeast India has entered its sixth decade. Government panels, United Nations and hundreds of civil society organisations across India have called for an end to bloodshed in this region. However, the issue continues to remain deadlocked.
Our meeting is intended to break this deadlock and to bring forward various views on the issue, so that we can consult and advise each other to the best viable solution for peace and prosperity in the Northeast.
The conclave is organised by the Northeast India Women Initiative for Peace (NEWIP), a network initiated by the Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network and Control Arms Foundation of India, and supported by Heinrich Boell Foundation, India.
Among the noted participants will be survivors of violence such as Ms Sumshot Khullar from Chandel District in Manipur, Ms Kabita Jamatia from Tripura. Ms Hasina Kharbih from Meghalaya, Ms Elizabeth Imti from Nagaland and Ms Reena Mutum from Manipur are some of the other attendees of the Conclave. The inaugural speech at the Conclave will be delivered by P.B.K.Manikya deb Burman, Editor, The Northeast Today while noted scholar, Dr Anuradha Chenoy of Jawaharlal Nehru University will be giving the keynote address.
The Conclave is an attempt to impart basic knowledge of the social, economic and political situation of Northeast India, the applicable law, and peace building measures to the local women folks. According to Ms Binalakshmi Nepram, Founder of Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network and Convenor of the Conclave, “We the women from Northeast India, home to some of the worst conflict zones of this country, have felt the damage, the pain, and the tragedy which comes to our lives because of a continuing lack of peace and justice. As women who have survived violence, it is time to start staking our rightful claim at the negotiating table – that we have the right to decide our own future, to work towards ending conflicts, and to devise strategies so that no future conflicts happen.”
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For more information, please contact
Binalakshmi Nepram at 09968233373 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Reena Mutum at 09717494011 or Visit our website www.neiwip.blogspot.com
Or get in touch with
Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network & Control Arms Foundation of India
B 5/146, First Floor, Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi – 110029
Phone: +91-11-46018541 Fax: +91-11-26166234