Minds of the Movement

An ICNC blog on the people and power of civil resistance

Binalakshmi “Bina” Nepram

Binalakshmi "Bina" Nepram is an award-winning scholar and civil rights activist who is Founder-Director of Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network/CAFI; Convenor of the Northeast India Women Initiative for Peace and Global Alliance of Indigenous Peoples, Gender Justice and Peace. Bina was born in Manipur Nation currently located in India's northeast region next to Myanmar. Bina is a recipient of Ashoka Fellowship, Dalai Lama Foundation's WISCOMP Scholar of Peace Award (2008), Sean MacBride Peace Prize (2010), CNN IBN Real Heroes Award (2011). Bina was named in October 2018 along with 2015 Nobel Literature Laureate from Belarus, Svetlana Alexievich as winner of Anna Politskovaya Award 2018 which will be presented in London in October 2019.

Writings from Binalakshmi “Bina” Nepram


Ideas & Trends

Leadership, Victories, Future Directions of the Global Indigenous Women’s Movement

“The global Indigenous women’s movement has not lost momentum. The formation in 2019 of the Global Alliance of Indigenous Peoples, Gender Justice and Peace, gathering Indigenous women from seven socio-cultural indigenous zones of the world, is the latest form of organizing that has emerged. It shows the continuing strengthening of the movement that started over 30 years ago and that will no doubt continue its important work in the years to come. […]”

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Ideas & Trends

The Global Indigenous Women’s Movement: Its Emergence and Strategy

Compared to just a few years ago, Indigenous women’s search for women-led peace and security is now a brave new reality which will help deepen democracy in our communities and globally. After decades of almost exclusively grassroots, local organizing, Indigenous women-led struggles are gaining major international recognition for their causes. Thanks to what has become a true international movement, Indigenous women from Chile, Nicaragua, Kenya, Argentina, USA, Canada, Guatemala and many other countries are now regularly represented in international decision-making processes. […]

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Movement Commentary

The Meira Paibis: The Brave Mothers of Manipur at the Forefront of a Strong Nonviolent Resistance Movement

India is often referred to as the world’s largest democracy, but one may question what kind of democracy imposes martial law on its own people. The Meira Paibis (“women with bamboo torches”) of Manipur in northeast India have been organizing for decades against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), a controversial act that has spurred police impunity in the region. […]

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