Binalakshmi Nepram is a humanitarian, author and female activist, who advocated her life for gender rights and led women disarmament movements to bring peace in Manipur, her home state.
She was born in Imphal in an environment surrounded by violence which impacted her future. She did her schooling from Imphal, masters from Delhi University and M.Phil from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. During her research, she was greatly influenced by book on arms and ammunition. She co-founded Control Arms Foundation of India (CAFI) and launched Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network. Her objective to open this Women Gun Survivors Network was to create economic opportunities for the resilient survivors to carry on their livelihood. Also, she assisted the women in filing legal complaints to seek justice. She was deeply moved by the growing violence in her home state and CAFI is the first civil society organization dealing with conventional disarmament issues.
She represented India in many women and disarmament meetings held at the United Nations in New York and Geneva. Her 10 years of hard work and sacrifice was especially for the women and families who survived violence and for the others who were living under a martial law (enacted in 1958) without any dignity. She tried to form organizations and alliances not only to end the violence but to seek justice to the sufferers, especially to the women and children. She volunteered to help many who suffered due to gun violence. She was a recipient of many national & international awards for her efforts and association with the oppressed women and sufferers of armed violence in the North East Region. She was awarded the Dalai Lama Foundation’s WISCOMP Scholar of Peace Award; Sean MacBride Peace Prize; Anna Politkovskaya Award, CNN-IBN Real Heroes Award and is also a Board member of IPB. Her name appeared in January 2015, Forbes (India) in 24 “Young Minds of India that Matter” and was also honored with Femina Women Awards 2015 in March 2015 and “Young Women Achievers Award 2014-15” for her achievement and work with 20,000 women survivors.
She published several research papers and has authored five books. A historical fiction book titled ‘Meckley’ was also written by her. Meckley is one of Manipur’s old names given by Ahom kings of Assam. Book is a personalized testimony and narrates the history of Manipur through the eyes of a young Manipuri girl called Nungshel Chaibi. The book was released by Smt.Kapila Vatsyayan at India Habitat Centre, Delhi. She became the voice of the North East. But in reward of her dedication & service, she received life threats & she landed in the United States, to stay safe and in exile.