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Newsletter June, 2018

Dear Friends,

Warm greetings from Control Arms Foundation of India & Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network.

India is a land of great diversity consisting of 29 states and 7 union territories. Often the term "Unity in Diversity" has been used to reflect the country's immense diversity. It has also been used to promote the various socio cultural differences of the many communities settled in vastly different regions. "Diversity' means more than just acknowledging and/ or tolerating differences. The concept signifies respect and appreciation of different cultures, race, ethnicity, gender, socio - economic status, age, physical abilities etc; and in our country, there is much need to support and protect diversity. Individuals and groups must be valued and be freed from prejudice. Hence, it is extremely important to foster a climate of equity and mutual respect which are intrinsic for a peaceful nation to grow and develop.

"Deepening Diversity Women Rights and Democracy in India" is a program Control Arms Foundation of India (CAFI) started with an aim to address the issues of increasing violence against women and girls in conflict zones as well as the rise in case of growing intolerance and racial violence in India. CAFI is closely working with committed stakeholders to contribute in solving the issues of Gender Based Violence (GBV) especially in conflict zones of India and racial discrimination in the country. The goal is to deepen diversity and to raise awareness on the injustice prevailing all across India. By adopting mechanisms such as improved and strengthened civil society responses, taking initiatives, engaging local authorities and government structures as well as international efforts, the focus is on the need to solve these issues. Through these efforts, CAFI hopes that it will help in ensuring an inclusive and sustainable growth in India.

In the month of June 2018, CAFI and MWGSN observed the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict on the 19th of June, by launching posters on the theme. Our partners across the northeast of India also undertook public action to commemorate the day to raise awareness of the need to put an end to conflict-related sexual violence, to honour the victims and survivors of sexual violence around the world to pay tribute to all those who have courageously devoted their lives to and lost their lives in standing up for the eradication of these crimes. Following this, on the 25th of June, Founder and Secretary-General, Binalakshmi Nepram joined in the global convention of the third United Nations conference to Prevent, Combat, Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms/ Light Weapons. Our commitment to provide support to victims of sexual and racial discrimination continued along with documentation of many sexual and domestic abuse cases all across the Northeast of India Please find the June newsletter here, providing news related to the aforementioned conference, Peace Building processes, Gender Based Violence, Sexual Violence, Racial Discrimination and the efforts of CAFI and MWGSN to ensure diversity and inclusion.
Recent CAFI and MWGSN Activities
Undertaking public action to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict


Ms. Binalakshmi Nepram, Founder and Secretary-General attends the third United Nations conference to Prevent, Combat, Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms/ Light Weapons.

News of the month
Media Reports in the Month of June, 2018
The Martha Farrell Award Honoured Valuable Contributions In Women's Empowerment
Martha Farrell Award for excellence in women's Empowerment has been instituted to honour Dr Martha Farrell and her ideals of gender equality, feminism and women empowerment in everyday life.
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The (Em) Power List 2018: Binalakshmi Nepram
While the larger part of our country doesn’t face the unpredictability of gun violence, in the North-Eastern state of conflict-ridden Manipur, it’s not abnormal for ordinary civilians to be senselessly gunned down.
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Articles
Diversity and Inclusion
MHA sets up panel to look into 'racial discrimination' faced by Northeastern people
Source: indianexpress.com

Adhere to human rights norms in National Register of Citizens: UN to Sushma
Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Gender diversity improves in logistics
Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Peace Building and Disarmament
What Peacekeeping Can Learn from Peacebuilding: The Peacebuilding Dimensions of the A4P
Source: reliefweb.int

How to Integrate Peacebuilding Into Humanitarian Aid Work
Source: newsdeeply.com

A Verifiable Path to Nuclear Disarmament by Piet de Klerk & Robert Floyd
Source: project-syndicate.org


Sexual Violence in Conflict
India Most Dangerous Country For Women, US In 10 Worst: Survey
Source: ndtv.com

United Nation's Report Reveals Over 10,000 Children Maimed, Killed In World Conflicts In 2017
Source: indiatimes.com

Children faced with increasing "despicable" violence in conflict in 2017
Source: xinhuanet.com


Sustainable Development Goals
Panel discussion on social and gender issues
Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com

The Rule of Law and Human Rights - Fundamentals for the 2030 Agenda and Sustaining Peace
Source: undp.org

Resolutions are needed for peace and justice, not institutions
Source: aninews.in

News from Northeast

ASSAM

Five girls, boy rescued from human traffickers
Source: The North East Today, 6 June 2018

Sex racket busted in a spa at Guwahati
Source: The North East Today, 7 June 2018

Man arrested after girl commits suicide
Source: The North East Today, 9 June 2018

Man accused of raping daughter slits wife's throat in court
Source: The North East Today, 16 June 2018

Man arrested for showing porn videos to minors in Guwahati
Source: The North East Today, 18 June 2018

Crime against women on the rise in state, says report
Source: The North East Today, 21 June 2018

Manipur

Government negligence hinted on child sexual abuse case of Manipur
Source: IT News, 1 June 2018

Girl drugged in passenger bus, robbed
Source: The Sangai Express, 1 June 2018

Mother of rape survivor appeals for swift action against accused
Source: The Sangai Express, 1 June 2018

Woman escapes from the claw of a rapist after giving him a hard kick
Source: IT News, 3 June 2018

NSCN-IM terminates cadres for attempting rape to a married lady; sentence 5 years imprisonment
Source: IT News, 9 June 2018

World Vision India launches a campaign that aims to end child sexual abuse by 2021 in Manipur
Source: IT News, 10 June 2018

One arrested for capturing and sending nude pictures of woman over WhatsApp
Source: The Sangai Express, 12 June 2018

Woman alleges rape attempt by a neighbour
Source: Imphal Free Press, 22 June 2018

Meghalaya

Meet On POCSO Act on Tuesda
Source: The Shillong Times, 17 June 2018

Crimes Against Women Take Place Of Militancy in NGH
Source: The Shillong Times, 20 June 2018

Missing Girl's Body Recovered in Garo Hills
Source: The Shillong Times, 22 June 2018

Mizoram

300 children from Northeastern states found in shelter home
Source: The North East Today, 4 June 2018

Mizoram: 53-year-old sentenced to 15 years' rigorous imprisonment for raping minor
Source: The North East Today, 16 June 2018

Nagaland

Organizations condemn rape
Source: The Nagaland Post, 1 June 2018

CHILDLINE 1098 launched in Mokokchung
Source: The Nagaland Post, 2 June 2018

CHILDLINE Dimapur conducts programme on Child Rights
Source: The Nagaland Post, 7 June 2018

NSCW condemns Mkg rape incident
Source: The Nagaland Post, 12 June 2018

Mkg town public meet on crimes against women today
Source: The Nagaland Post, 14 June 2018

Ex-gratia paid to June 10 rape victim
Source: The Nagaland Post, 14 June 2018

Tripura

Tripura: State govt raises compensation for women victims of crime
Source: The North East Today, 1 June 2018

Tripura lauds step for HIV positive children adoption
Source: The North East Today, 4 June 2018

Body of woman found, husband absconding at Radhanagar
Source: The North East Today, 8 June 2018

Tripura police bust trafficking racket, 2 minors trafficked from Bangladesh through Sonamura
Source: The North East Today, 18 June 2018

Delhi NCR

We are not your Chinkis
Source: Newslaundry.com, Jun 7, 2018

After Ram Rahim and Asaram, now rape case against Daati Maharaj; woman alleges rape inside Shani Dham
Source: Financialexpress.com, June 11, 2018

Canadian, 20, alleges rape by Delhi hotel manager
Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com, Jun 28, 2018

QCrime: Kenyan Woman Gangraped; Fired Worker Shoots at HR Manager
Source: thequint.com, 08 June 2018




Upcoming Events in the month of July

TRAINING OF PARALEGAL VOLUNTEERS

9 - 10 July At KOHIMA, NAGALAND

 
Diversity and Gender Justice Training in Manipur and Delhi





Delhi
Control Arms Foundation of India
B 5 / 146, First Floor, Safdarjung Enclave,
New Delhi - 110 029, India

Email: cafi.communique@gmail.com
Phone: (011) 46018541/ 26166234
Website: www.cafi-online.org
Manipur
Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network
Langthabal Mantrikhong, Thong Ahanbi, Old Palace Road
Imphal West-795003, Manipur,
Northeast India

Email: womensurvivorsnetwork@gmail.com
Website: www.womensurvivorsnetwork.org
Assam
Northeast India Survivors Support, Peace & Diversity Centre
Mother Teresa Road, Hatigaon, Guwahati - 38, Assam