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Newsletter June, 2017

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.

Please find the June 2017 issue newsletter here; providing news related to Gender Based Violence, rape cases, racial violence and the efforts to ensuring diversity along with sustainable development.
Recent CAFI Activities
Community Justice Workers Training - Legal Assistance on Awareness on Rule of Law and its relationship with Conflict, Diversity, Inclusion and Gender Justice, Constitution of India, International Human Rights Framework, and Redressal Mechanism.
Held on June 19 to June 21, 2017
at Siroy Conference Hall, Imphal Hotel, North AOC, Imphal, Manipur
Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network supported historic process at the UN headquarters to ban Nuclear Weapons from the face of the Earth
June 18, 2017
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News of the month

CAFI's work reported in the Media in the month of June

'Fab' future for Manipur Fabrics

Fabindia, a popular brand, has bought textiles from weavers in remote parts of Manipur. The handloom products were purchased as part of a project involving the Control Arms Foundation of India and Manipur Gun Survivors Network, two NGOs that collaborated with the Northeast Centre for Technology Application and Reach (NECTAR), a government agency under the Union ministry of science and technology and craft company Rangsutra and fabindia last year. Full Article>>
 
Textiles from Manipur in Fabindia Stores

The brand recently purchased textiles worth Rs 14 lakh from weavers in Manipur. They were purchased as part of a project involving the Control Arms Foundation of India and Manipur Gun Survivors Network, two NGOs that collaborated with the Northeast Centre for Technology Application and Reach (NECTAR), a government agency under the Union Ministry of Science and Technology and craft company Rangsutra and Fabindia last year. Full Article>>
 
Militancy-hit Manipuri Women weave 'Fab' designer dreams for economic empowerment

Manipuri women are well-known for weaving dreams on fabrics. Weaving is a favourite hobby of almost all Manipuri women as they are apt in handling the loom. Just hold a piece of moiraingphee, leirum, lasingphee or phanek fabric; you will know what we are talking about. From intricate motifs to the quality of fabrics, Manipuri women create world class garments. Full Article>>
 
Legal Training for Community Justice Workers in Manipur

A three day legal training program was organized by Control Arms Foundation of India (CAFI) and Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network (MWGSN) in partnership with the Multiple Action Research Group (MARG) in Siroy Hall, Hotel Imphal, Imphal, Manipur. The event was also supported by the European Union (EU). Full Article>>
 
CAFI Co-founder Binalakshmi Nepram speaks on fighting racism in India on Republic TV 27 June 2017

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ARTICLES

:: Diversity and Inclusion ::

Let's talk about racism | India is open to foreigners if they are white
Like German efficiency and British wit, Indian hospitality has earned an international reputation. Foreigners return home from Indian holidays with tales of their hosts' unmatched kindness. Everyone was so nice; they didn't mind that their guests couldn't speak a word of any Indian language; and they even made sure the food wasn't too spicy. Full Article>>

:: Peace Building Process ::

Need for world free of nuclear weapons more urgent than ever, says UN disarmament chief
Negotiations on the first-ever treaty to ban nuclear weapons resumed today in New York, with the United Nations disarmament chief expressing hope that the talks result in an effective instrument that "complements and strengthens" existing ones. Full Article>>

What you need to know about the UN nuclear weapons ban negotiations
On March 27, 2017, a majority of the world's nations gathered at the United Nations headquarters in New York City and began historic negotiations on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. Talks resume on Thursday, June 15th, at the UN headquarters, and many observers expect a treaty to be adopted before the negotiations end on July 7th. Full Article>>

UN Conference Considers Revised Draft of a Nuclear Ban Treaty
UNITED NATIONS (IDN) –With less than a fortnight for the United Nations Conference to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons to conclude on July 7, the delegations considered a new version of the draft convention on June 27, following the read-through of the earlier version the previous week, when they tabled proposals and suggestions. Full Article>>

Need for world free of nuclear weapons more urgent than ever, says UN disarmament chief
Negotiations on the first-ever treaty to ban nuclear weapons resumed today in New York, with the United Nations disarmament chief expressing hope that the talks result in an effective instrument that “complements and strengthens” existing ones. Full Article>>

:: Sexual Violence in Conflict ::

'Sexual violence is a threat to every individual's right to a life of dignity' - UN chief
Marking the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today paid tribute to the women, girls, men and boys who have suffered the atrocity of sexual violence in conflict, and reaffirmed "our global commitment to eliminate this scourge." Full Article>>

June 19 is International Day for Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict 2017: Why Women in India are Victims of Sexual Abuse?
June 19 marks the International Day for Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict. With increasing conflict in the world, the number of sexual cases in such areas are alarming. Whether the conflict is between two people or two countries, women are always the first victims. Full Article>>

:: Sustainable Development Goals ::

India submits report on sustainable development goals to UN
In an effort to express its commitment to the sustainable development goals (SDGs), India has submitted its voluntary review report to the United Nations. Full Article>>

India-UN Development Partnership Fund launched to help poor countries improve quality of life
The India-UN Development Partnership Fund has been launched in New York to help the poorest countries achieve the world organisation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to reduce poverty and raise the quality of life in order "to meet the challenges of our times". Full Article>>

News from Northeast

Assam

Woman brutally raped and murdered for failing to repay 2000 rupees!
Source: Voice of 7 Sisters, 1 June 2017

Pregnant woman 'gang-raped'
Source: The Telegraph, 7 June 2017

'Rape and crimes against women have increased during BJP rule'
Source: The Sentinel, 14 June 2017

Mumbai Police Hunt For 'Rapist' Baba In Kamakhya Temple
Source: The Shillong Times, 20 June 2017

Manipur

Mother-daughter murder case: Nab killer(s) by June 2, PAC to Govt
Source: The Sangai Express, 1 June 2017

Final hearing of sexual assault case
Source: The Sangai Express, 2 June 2017

Complaint filed against possible child marriage photos
Source: Imphal Free Press, 3 June 2017

Girl still traceless, search on
Source: The Sangai Express, 3 June 2017

Phaknung rape "juvenile" accused found to be adult
Source: Imphal Free Press, 5 June 2017

Uripok Bachaspati Leikai double murder Mob ransack residence of prime accused
Source: The Sangai Express, 5 June 2017

Issue of racism faced by NE people must be raised: K Shyam
Source: Imphal Free Press, 8 June 2017

Man sentenced to 5 yrs under POCSO Act
Source: The Sangai Express, 9 June 2017

'Will work for women's welfare'
Source: The Sangai Express, 9 June 2017

Cyber crime and victimisation of women discussed
Source: Imphal Free Press, 10 June 2017

Scribes welfare scheme, fast track Courts for crimes against women, compensations to drivers, transporters agreed State Cabinet adopts slew of measures for all
Source: The Sangai Express / DIPR/OSR, 15 June 2017

DGP asked to arrest father-son duo in 'gang rape' case
Source: The Sangai Express, 18 June 2017

Rape convict
Source: The Sangai Express, 21 June 2017

Phaknung gang rape case
Source: The Sangai Express, 22 June 2017

24-hour women helpline '181' launched: Society needs to change outlook on woman: Nemcha
Source: IT News, 24 June 2017

Man gets 5 yrs jail for raping minor girl
Source: The Sangai Express, 24 June 2017

Missing case of woman concerns CSOs
Source: The Sangai Express, 25 June 2017

Meghalaya

18 year old hangs herself under mysterious circumstances in Tura Woman's PS
Source: Meghalaya Times, 11 June 2017

Man surrenders after raping minor
Source: Meghalaya Times, 13 June 2017

Man accused of repeated rape of minor nieces
Source: Meghalaya Times, 14 June 2017

Mizoram

Certificate course on gender studies by NCCI concludes
Source: The Mizoram Post, 12 June 2017

Nagaland

Legal awareness programme on human trafficking held at Tuli
Source: Nagaland Post, 1 June 2017

'Racism, the Thorn in the Human's Peaceful Coexistence' released
Source: The Morung Express, 14 June 2017

Organizations condemn sexual assault on minors
Source: The Nagaland Post, 19 June 2017

'Women should be given equal opportunities'
Source: The Nagaland Post, 24 June 2017

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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