Binalakshmi Nepram

Founding Director

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

Binalakshmi “Bina” Nepram, is an indigenous scholar and civil rights activist from Manipur Nation. 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. Binalakshmi 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.

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), “Women Have Wings” Award  (2016), Telegraph Newspaper Excellence Awards (2017). Forbes India listed Binalakshmi in 24 “Young Minds of India that Matter”. In October 2018, 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 in August 2018, and recently joined the Connecticut College’s Gender and Women Studies Department & Walter Commons Global Studies as IIE-SRF Scholar-In-Residence. She is author of five books, her two most recent being “Where are our Women in Decision Making on UNSCR 1325” (2016) & “Deepening Democracy, Diversity and Women’s Rights in India” (2019).

She regularly tweets at @BinaNepram.