Binalakshmi Nepram

Founder, Manipur Women Gun Survivor Network

Region(s): Asia
Country of focus: India, Myanmar
Based in New York


Current Occupation: Founder, Manipur Women Gun Survivor Network
Organization/Institution: Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network


Locals blame India’s political parties for ethnic violence in Manipur Andalou Agency Aug 10, 2023

What is happening in India’s Manipur? Al Jazeera Jul 21, 2023

Video of two naked women being harassed draws attention to tribal conflict in India’s Manipur France24  Jul 21, 2023

‘The Darkest Times in Manipur History’ The Diplomat Webinar Jul 21, 2023

Horrifying Video From Manipur CNBC Jul 20, 2023

Dozens dead in India during weeks of ethnic tensions CBC News Jul 1, 2023

Manipur: The daring women standing up to troops in Indian state BBC News Jun 30, 2023

Manipur: Fears grow over Indian state on brink of civil war BBC World News Jun 22, 2023

Earth’s best defenders are Indigenous. They pay a price: violence. United States Institute of Peace Jun 8, 2023

Understanding India’s Manipur Conflict and Its Geopolitical Implications US Institute of Peace Jun 2, 2023

PERSPECTIVES: When celebrating AAPI heritage, don’t leave out Indigenous communities Reckon Jun 1, 2023

Manipur violence: ‘Indigenous lands aren’t sites of war games’ The New Indian Express May 30, 2023

In Today’s Manipur, Our Identity Has Been Weaponised: Binalakshmi Nepram, Activist India Today May 29, 2023

‘Democracy at Gunpoint’: Activist Binalakshmi Nepram on the Violence in Manipur The Quint May 12, 2023

To restore peace in Manipur, listen to indigenous people Opinion Times of India May 5, 2023

To Secure Shared Environments, We Must Protect Indigenous Peacebuilders USIP Apr 20, 2023

Activist Binalakshmi Nepram is paving the way for a bulletproof future in the north-east Vogue India Jan 19, 2023

“They Can’t Kill Us All”: These Scholars Lost Their Countries and Found Each Other Mother Jones Nov 23, 2022

Responding to Rising Armed Conflict in South Asia – TedX

Women in Conflict: Violence, Injustice and Power

The shadow of the gun 

Manipur’s endless violence: Thousands dead in 60 year old crisis

Binalakshmi ‘Bina’ Nepram (@BinaNepram), is an Indigenous scholar and civil rights activist from Manipur in Northeast India, spearheading work on women-led peace, security and disarmament. In 2004, she co-founded India’s first civil society organization for conventional disarmament issues, Control Arms Foundation of India.

Bina launched the Manipur Women Gun Survivor Network in 2007 to help women survivors of conflict and has represented Asian civil society in several high-level meetings of the United Nations in Geneva and New York.  In 2009 she initiated the Northeast India Women Initiative for Peace, a network of women’s organizations working for peace in the eight states in the northeast region of India.

Bina is a recipient of Ashoka Fellowship, Dalai Lama Foundation’s WISCOMP Scholar of Peace Award (2008), the Sean MacBride Peace Prize (2010), the CNN IBN Real Heroes Award (2011), the Women Have Wings Award  (2016), and a Telegraph Newspaper Excellence Award (2017). She was listed by Forbes India in 24 Young Minds of India that Matter. She was named winner of the 2018 Anna Politskovaya Award, along with 2015 Nobel Literature Laureate from Belarus, Svetlana Alexievich.

Bina was a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, New York in the Indigenous Studies Program, and was Connecticut College’s Gender and Women Studies Department and Walter Commons Global Studies IIE-SRF Scholar-In-Residence in 2018. She is the author of five books, the most recent being Where are our Women in Decision Making on UNSCR 1325 (2016) and Deepening Democracy, Diversity and Women’s Rights in India (2019).