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Binalakshmi Nepram in Forbes (India) Minds That Matter 2015 List

Monday, January 5, 2015

4 January 2015,New Delhi ~ Ms Binalakshmi Nepram, humanitarian, author and civil rights activist, founder of Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network, CAFI and Northeast India Women Initiative for Peace who works to support women survivors of armed violence all across Northeast India has been listed in prestigious Forbes (India) Magazine “Minds That Matter” list for 2015.

Forbes India in their 9 January 2015 issue writes that people like Ms Nepram are “Thinkers who best explain a rapidly-changing India to the world (and the world to India)” and that Ms Nepram was chosen as “She fights racism against people from the North East and says it like it needs to be said in a country with deep geographical and regional prejudices”. In 2014 Ms Nepram along with many from region lead massive non-violent movements in India’s capital Delhi that forced government of India to set up the Bezbaruah Committee to look into racial discrimination of people from Northeast India.On 3rd January 2015,the recommendations of this committed was adopted by Govt of India

Ms Nepram is the only Northeast person included in the list. Many from the region hailed the inclusion of Ms Nepram in Forbes list calling it “a feather in our caps” and a “public recognition of the significance” of  Ms Nepram’s decade long work for peace, disarmament, ending wars and a gender-just society in conflict affected Northeast India,home to South Asia’s longest running insurgency

About Ms Binalakshmi Nepram : Born in the state of Manipur located in India's Northeast region is a writer, civil rights activist & a humanitarian spearheading work on making women-led disarmament a movement and an issue that is meaningful to people's lives. She is author of four books.In 2003, in order to help thousands of women who are affected by gun violence in her home-state Manipur, Ms Nepram started Manipur Women Gun Survivor Network. She has represented India civil society in various women and disarmament meetings held at United Nations in New York & Geneva. Ms Nepram is recipient of Dalai Lama Foundation's WISCOMP Scholar of Peace Award,Sean MacBride Peace Prize; CNN IBN Real Heroes Award. In 2013, London based organization Action on Armed Violence named Ms Nepram as “100 most influential people in world working on armed violence reduction”.

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