Forced To Flee India, NE Women Gets International Award For Human Rights
Binalakshmi Nepram, an activist fighting for rights of women suffering due to violence in Northeast India is one of the two winners of the annual Reach All Women in WAR (RAW in WAR) Anna Politkovskaya Award. She would be sharing this award with Svetlana Alexievich, who is an investigative journalist from Belarus. Binalakshmi is the second Indian after Gauri Lankesh, the late journalist to receive this award. Gauri had received this award in 2017.
Congratulations to brave Indian activist @BinaNepram & courageous Belarusian writer and journalist Svetlana Alexievich – winners of #RAWinWAR 2018 #AnnaPolitkovskayaAward for women human rights defenders from war and conflict zones @Refuse2beSilent pic.twitter.com/LTLCXP9RqS
— RAW in WAR (@RawinWar) October 4, 2018
According to NDTV, Binalakshmi is the co-founder of India’s first civil society organisation to work on disarmament and to oppose growing militarisation, the Control Arms Foundation of India (CAFI). She also founded the Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network. This organisation has helped more than 20,000 women deal with decades of armed conflicts and ethnic violence in the Manipur on the border with Myanmar.
Nepram left India in 2017 after receiving death threats and since then has been residing in the USA. As reported by Northeast Now, Nepram, on receiving the award, said, “I thank the organization, Reach All Women in War (RAW in WAR) and the distinguished jury for choosing to give us/me this honour, along with the noted writer and journalist, Svetlana Alexievich, from Belarus, who was also the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize winner in Literature. I receive this honour wholeheartedly, on behalf of the Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network, Control Arms Foundation of India and the Northeast India Women Initiative for Peace.”
What is RAW-WAR?
Anna Politkovskaya was a Russian journalist and activist. She was murdered in 2006, two days before she was to expose Chechnyan Prime Minister, according to Independent. The 48-year-old journalist was assassinated in the lobby of her apartment in Moscow.
In her memory, the Reach All Women presents Anna Politkovskaya award every year to the activists who stand up for women rights at personal risk.
In the eleven years of existence, the award had been received by only two Indians, Nepram being the second one.
Binalakshmi Nepram has received other awards for her work as well. One of them being, Sean MacBride Peace Prize. The award is given by a Geneva-based organisation called the International Peace Bureau.
Another such award won by Binalakshmi Nepram is the CNN-IBN Real Heroes award in 2011. According to a report by E-Pao, Nepram was among the 24 activists to receive the award in Mumbai in the women welfare category.
The Logical Indian take
The Logical Indian salutes such activists who work for the goodwill of certain groups of the society without considering the risks involved in their lives. It is quite sad that such activists are in a constant risk of getting murdered and thus have to live in exile. Activists speaking their heart in our country face not just criticism but also threats to life and there should be steps taken to curb the same. The Logical Indian team congratulates Binalakshmi Nepram for her extraordinary efforts put in for the rights of women.