Press Communique

The Importance and Role of Women in Decision Making Forums: Peace and Development in Tripura

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Date: 6 December 2014, Time: 10 am to 3 pm, Venue: Geetanjali Guest House, Agartala, Tripura

6 December 2014: Northeast India, comprising the eight states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, and Tripura is facing the onslaught of multiple armed conflicts since the late 1940s. More than 50,000 people have lost their lives in the violence. As a region that is home to 272 ethnic groups and over 32 insurgent groups operating with heavy militarization along with the imposition of the Armed Forces (Special) Powers Act, six decades of armed violence has had huge humanitarian impact. The six decade long violence affected women and children in Northeast India in varied ways. In Tripura due to the ongoing violence and conflict, around 300 widows are made every year.

Women in Northeast India experience multifaceted dimensions such as separation, loss of relatives, physical and economic insecurity, an increased risk of sexual violence, wounding, detention, deprivation and even death. In all conflicts, women suffer in ways specific to women. However there are strong groups of women the region especially Tripura fighting for their rights and justice but the absolute participation of women in decision making forum and peace transformation space is very less. In the entire Northeast Late Indira Goswami was the only Women Peace Negotiator. Hence there is a need to strengthened community level peace and development groups led by women and promoting active role of women in decision-making forums and space for sustainable peace and development in the region.

The Control Arms Foundation of India (CAFI) in collaboration with Welthungerhilfe (WHH) and the Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network (MWGSN) with support from European Union organized a special event entitled “The Importance and Role of Women in Decision Making Forums: Peace and Development in Tripura”. This event was held on 6 December 2014, at Geetanjali guest house in Tripura.

Women community leaders of various organisations belonging to different indigenous ethnic communities of Tripura were present at the event and discussed the importance and role of women in decision making forums and space in alignment with UNSCR 1325. They expressed their views that women’s participation in all level of government must become an “unremarkable” feature of public life. It is especially important to recognise women’s central role in conflict resolution. Students and distinguish media professionals were also present at the event.


For more information, please contact:

Office of Manipur Women Gun Survivor Network and Control Arms
foundation of India

Langthabal, Mantrikhong, Thong Ahanbi, Behind Manipur University
Campus, Imphal West, Manipur-795003, India. Website:,, Email:,
Phone:(0) 9716305463, (0) 908941087

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