Newsletter for the month of May & June 2014

Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Dear Friends

Warm greetings from Control Arms Foundation of India.

Northeast India comprises the Eight States—Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim. North East India deals with complex social political issues such as struggle over natural resources, ethnic tensions, illegal migration, displacement and social exclusion. The conflict in Manipur turns 300 women into widows annually.

The project “Empowering Women for Peace and Development in South Asia: Focus on Northeast India” is spearheaded Control Arms Foundation of India (CAFI) with support from European Union (EU) and Welthungerhilfe (WHH). The programme aims to prevent and respond to crises in fragile and conflict-affected situations in North East India and South Asia.  The overall project in South Asia will contribute towards promoting civil society and strengthening women-led peace building initiatives for sustainable peace in India, Bangladesh and Myanmar.

Please find here May-June 2014 issue newsletter, providing news related to Northeast India on different spheres, keeping women issues as the main motivation and the related issues at the centre

Role of women in decision making process analysed
Source: E-pao, 3 May 2014

One day panel discussion on "The importance and role of women in decision making forums, peace and development in Manipur and Northeast India" was held at Hotel Classic here today.
The event was organised jointly by India (CAFI), Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network (MWGSN) and North East India Initiative for Peace (NEIWIP). Read more:

68 Crimes against women, children, in 4 months: WAD
Source: Nagaland Post, 9 May 2014

Women Action for Development (WAD) Thursday maintained there was a rise in the “cold blooded” murder of child and women in Manipur while strongly condemning the recent brutal murder of a seven-year old girl in Thoubal district. According to WAD, the increasing crimes against women and children in the state should be taken seriously as Read more: 

Spruce up market run by women, governor tells CM
Source: The Hindu, 11 May 2014

Manipur Governor Vindo Kumar Duggal summoned Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh to Raj Bhavan on Friday afternoon to give clear-cut instructions to spruce up Ima Keithel, a three-part market complex exclusively run by women vendors. Read more:

Women empowerment through dance drama
Source: The Hindu, 28 May 2014

Storming a male-only traditional art form, top actresses from Assam, including Moloya Goswami, Nishita Goswami, Madhurima Chaudhuri, Rasarani Chetana Das and Barsha Rani Bishaya, performed a dance drama “Ram Bijoy-Ankia Naat” for the art and culture lovers in the Capital recently. Read more:

Women SGHs excel under the TLI project
Source: Morung Express, 15 May 2014

The Directorate of Women Development held a progress review meeting with the Transformative Livelihood Intervention (TLI) Project Divisional Societies on May 14 at the Directorate conference hall. Chairing the meeting, Director Neilavoü Keditsu explained that SHGs under the Project have been federated Read more:

Empowering women at the grassroots level
Source: Morung Express, 20 May 2014

A door of opportunity has been opened to the Naga women through the platform of Poorna Shakti Kendra (PSK), launched this year by Nagaland Governor, Dr. Ashwani Kumar, along with the rest of the country. Read more:

Women empowerment program in Nagaland
Source: Business standard, 21 may 2014

The Mission Poorna Shakti, a women empowerment programme, has been formally launched in Nagaland by inaugurating Block Convergence and Facilitation Centre (BCFC) more and Village Convergence and Facilitation Centre(VCFC) at Chiephobozou in Kohima district. Read more:

Nagaland State Commission for Women seminar on “legal rights of women” in Zunheboto
Source: Nagaland Post, 21 May 2014

Nagaland State Commission for Women (NSCW), under the aegis of National Commission for Women, New Delhi (NCW), organized a seminar on “Legal Rights of Women and Marriage, Divorce and Inheritance” at Town Hall here Tuesday. The programme began with an exhortation and introductory remark by EAC Zunheboto and Read more:

Women dev dept textile & weaving project gain popularity
Source: Morung Express, 21 May 2014

A textile and weaving project introduced by the state’s department of women development fetched high admiration from many quarters. The textile and weaving project aims to capture the best design and weaving practices of Naga women, enhance the skills of women, stimulate the production of local fibre Read more:

Enhancing Status of Women
Source: Morung Express, 21 May 2014

A one day seminar on ‘Marriage, Divorce and Inheritance’, organized by Nagaland State Commission for Women (NSCW) in collaboration with National Commission for Women was held at  Mokokchung Town Hall  on May 21 aiming at enhancing status of women without creating conflict with the unique Naga customary laws. Read more:

Men as Peacemakers
Source: Morung Express, 24 May 2014

“A society growing up needs to first establish a foundation of values. Looking at our situation we need to establish values at this stage,” said Niketu Iralu, noted Peace Activist during the event ‘Men as Peacemakers’ organized by the Nagaland Peace Café. Read more: 

Conflict in manas national park
Source: 28 may 2014

Game-watcher Sunil Sarkar’s effort to preserve flora and fauna in the Manas National Park at the height of the insurgency in the 1980s and 90s has now fetched him national laurels. Sarkar’s effort to save the World Heritage Site has been rewarded with the prestigious Hem Chand Mahindra Wildlife. Read more

I Am Eager to Live: Sharmila
Source: The Hindu, 29 May 2014

Ms. Sharmila has come to Delhi to attend her trial for attempted suicide via hunger strike. She says that she wants to live, that she is protesting for the right to live in Manipur free from AFSPA. As soon as AFSPA is repealed, she will eat something. She has high hopes for the Modi government. Read more: 

Custodial death met by curfew in Meghalaya
Source: 29 may 2014

The death of a suspected militant in police custody led to violent clash which brought curfew in to some parts of Meghalaya’s South Garo hill district. A mob attacked the Chokpot police station, injuring six policemen. Three police vehicles and three motorcycles were set ablaze.  Read more

Mizoram Police unapologetic over Selam incident
Source: Mizo news, 29 May 2014

Mizoram Police said on Monday that though it regretted the violence at Selam after irate villagers allegedly assault some government officials, the force said it cannot be held responsible for the injuring women and children as a result of police lathi-charge. Read more:

2 killed, over a dozen injured in Manipur blast
Source: Nagaland Post, 29 May 2014

Two persons were Thursday killed and over a dozen others sustained injuries when a bomb suspected to be have been planted by militants exploded near a traffic point along the Indo-Myanmar section of National Highway 2 (NH-2) opposite Singjamei Supermarket, Imphal. The blast occurred just below the Assam Rifles (AR) Read more:

Curfew imposed in Meghalaya, six policemen injured
Source: Nagaland Post, 29 May 2014

Curfew was imposed in certain areas of Meghalaya’s South Garo Hills Thursday following violent clashes over the custodial death of a suspected militant in a police lock-up, an official said.
The raging mob attacked the Chokpot police station injuring six policemen and three police vehicles and three motor cycles were Read more:

Curfew on in Meghalaya, HM appeals for calm
Source: Morung Express, 30 May 2014

Curfew continued Friday in parts of Meghalaya where mob violence erupted following death of a suspected militant in police custody. Meanwhile, Meghalaya Home Minister Roshan Warjri has appealed to the people to remain calm. Witson Sangma was arrested on charges of supplying explosives to Read more:

Crime against women rises
Source: Kanglaonline, 31 May 2014

A public meeting on crime against women and children in Manipur was held today at Yurembam Makha leikai community hall, Imphal West District. The meeting was organised by the North East Dialogue Forum in collaboration with Women Aaction for Development, meira paibi associations and youth clubs of Yurembam, Imphal West district. Read more:

Expedite talks with NE insurgents: Rajnath
Source: Nagaland Post, 31 May 2014

Promising “zero tolerance on terror” and to “deal with insurgent groups with a firm hand” as one of the BJP’s 2014 poll manifesto, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has directed the ministry to expedite and complete all pending dialogues with various Northeast insurgent outfits within a specific time frame. Read more:

A REVIEW of Naga Society
Source: Morung express

This book captures a myriad of themes – Society, Culture, education and the emerging trends by delving into pertinent issues that are so much connected with the Naga life – past, present and future. In a very lucid manner it empirically examines the socio-political and cultural contours and its associated predicaments, Read more:

Divisions over gender complicate development agenda
Source: Morung Express (date unspecified)

As the U.N. focuses on refining its Post-2015 Development Agenda, divisions surrounding issues of population and development continue to plague consensus on a universal way forward. “People have to be at the centre of development,” Read more:

98 minor girls raped between 2001 and 2011: Report
Source: E-pao, sangai express, 2 June 2014

Altogether 98 minor girls were raped between 2001 and 2011 in Manipur, according to the National Crimes Record Bureau (NCRB). Meanwhile, a consultative meeting of stakeholders on 'Giving women their rights and entitlements as a road map topeace and development in North East India' was held today at Classic hotel  Read more:

Legal awareness camp for Muslim women in Manipur
Source: Twocircles, 3 june 2014

All Manipur Muslims (Meitei Pangal) Welfare Association (AMPWA), a prominent civil society organization, organized a One-Day Legal Awareness Programme on the topic “Protection of Women’s Right” in association with Manipur State Legal Services Authority (MSLSA) on June 1, 2014 at the campus of Muslim Girls Hostel at Hafiz Hatta, Imphal.

Naga woman molested, lawyers beat friend
Source: Indian express, 3 June 2014

A group of lawyers allegedly assaulted the friend of a woman, who had filed a molestation complaint against an advocate, at the Tis Hazari court on Friday. According to police, the 38-year-old woman, who hails from Nagaland, had lodged a police complaint claiming that a lawyer had molested and Read more:

In Meghalaya, militants blow off woman's head for resisting rape
Source: TOI, 5 June 2014

Garo militants blew up the head of a 35-year-old motherof four with a Kalashnikov rifle when she resisted their attempt to rape her in Meghalaya's South Garo Hills on Tuesday evening. They admitted to killing her claiming she was a police informer. Read more:

Locating Gender in Religion and Culture
Source: Economic & political weekly

A renowned Buddhist scholar, in an informal discussion, had once remarked that, as far as women are concerned, Buddha was a disaster. Her statement may not be accurate, but does reflect a complex and ambivalent understanding of gender in the Buddhist tradition. On the one hand, the Buddhist doctrine posits an ultimate state of bliss Read more:


1.    A women’s network meeting on 3rd May 2014:  Formed “Manipur Women Alliance on UNSCR 1325”consisting of 26 women leaders belonging to different ethnic and communities of Manipur to initiate women’s participation in decision making.

Note: United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 is an international law unanimously adopted by the Security Council on 31 October 2000 that mandates UN Member States to engage women in all aspects of peace building including ensuring women’s participation on all levels of decision–making on peace and security issues.

2.    WHH Monitoring Visit to CAFI Delhi Office : Monitored completed and upcoming activities, discussed  relevant issues  and  clarifications of the project

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