TODAY -

Conference on addressing racial and gender based violence

Delhi, 20 January 2018:

Conference on addressing racial and gender based violence
Conference on addressing racial and gender based violence



Speaking for Diversity, Equality and Dignity : International Conference on addressing racial and gender based violence.

The Universal Declaration of Human rights begins with an emphasis on innate freedom and equality of human beings in dignity and rights. Despite a worldwide consensus on respecting human rights, racial discrimination has had a detrimental impact on the world’s ethnic minorities. Many of inter ethnic conflicts around the world have led to large scale destruction and death, with women bearing the brunt of conflict and sexual violence used as a political weapon.

Addressing these developments and with the resolve to challenge race and gender based violence, a 2 day International Conference on Diversity, Gender and Inclusion was organised along with a Photo Exhibition showcasing untold,unheard and unseen stories of victims of gender and racial violence and simultaneously, demonstrating the country’s colourful diversity. A pre launch of seminal research and writing based on the theme was also released.

The conference took off with a welcome note by Ms. Binalakshmi Nepram, founder of Control Arms Foundation of India (CAFI), who expressed that the journey of organising this conference is one of conviction and courage. This was followed by a thoughtful inauguratory session where Cruz Mariela Alvarez, the Ambassador of Republic of Costa Rica and the Guest of Honour for the event, began by exclaiming her happiness of being a part of the conference and sharing the message of equality and diversity.

She expressed that everything that happens in India has a parallel in Latin America, as patriarchy exists everywhere. She further elaborated on the significance of men and women joining hands together as part of the new century. She ended her talk by saying that she was delighted to celebrate her birthday as a participant in the conference.

Ms. Cecilia Costa, cooperation Manager at the European Union Delegation to India, asserted that every person who suffers from sexual violence deserves a comprehensive treatment. She is looking forward to an effective action plan and hopes that CAFI and EU can continue to work for the cause, arm in arm.

Conference on addressing racial and gender based violence
Conference on addressing racial and gender based violence



Anju Talukdar, Director of Multiple Action Research Group, stressed on how racial discrimination is not only limited to people coming from the North East in Delhi, but experienced across the country. She highlighted that Indians are both victims and perpetrators of racism, adding that we are just more aware when we face it.

Emphasising on the coexistence of diversity and democracy, Dr Krishna Menon, Dean of School of Human Studies at Ambedkar University, suggested that democracy needs to widen its ambit and move from tolerance to recognition of plurality.

Further on, sessions addressing gender based violence in conflict areas included Martha Saxton ,a professor from the United States, who ,while speaking about violence experienced by women during ethnic conflict in Yugoslavia, highlighted how women are targeted not only for ethnic or racial reasons but also because they are very often poor in conflict regions.

Other than stressing on the role of grassroots workers and NGOs in creating effective laws for protecting women from violence, Martha specially mentioned the recent “Me Too” and “Stand Up” movement, wherein more and more women have come out to report and share experiences of sexual violence and harassment. She underlined the lack of a comfortable vocabulary about sex and highlighted the need for men and women to talk about what is coercion. She said “ We grow up learning the biology of sex but we don’t really learn how to talk to each other about it. We need to develop a way of speaking about sex, and be better companions to each other.”

Speaking on the limitation of forming women’s rights for security and the UNSC Resolution 1325 on women,peace and security, Dr Shweta Singh, Assistant Professor in the Department of International Relations at SAU, underlined the importance of localising the UN led normative agendas and recognising the relevant issues of intersectionality, history and political inequality, particularly in South Asia.

She stressed on problematising gender as a homogenous category, expressed how experiences of women in the Global South are different from those in the Global North and suggested for adoption of an intersectional frame,: bringing in caste, class, religion and race to understand the impact of conflict on women. Dr. Shweta also expressed that women in South Asia are controlled actors in conflict zones, whose agency and capacities are clipped. They are doubly victimised by mechanisms of State (militarisation, punitive action,etc) as well as Society ( cultural taboos, religious practices,etc).

Media, often considered as the fourth pillar of democracy, was also a topic of discussion with reference to how instances on racial discrimination and sexual violence in relation to the North East are reported. Ms Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty, a well known journalist and Deputy Director of the Wire, expressed that the role of media is to transform the fears and concerns on ground, to help amplify the distress and anxiety North Easterners face and bring them out in newspapers and to the doors of people. She also explained that by recognising the existence of racial discrimination in india different from discrimination on caste and class basis , the media didn’t do people of north east any favour. It only played its role in pointing out the reality which should be on its social agenda anyway.



Conference on addressing racial and gender based violence
Conference on addressing racial and gender based violence



Deliberating particularly in the context of North East India, Mr. Ravindar Pal Singh, a former senior fellow at Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, highlighted the difference between sexual violence as a social crime and rape being used as a political weapon. Vulnerability in the north East, he explained, also stems from the divisions existing in the community; tribals vs non tribals or main landers vs outsiders, which get strengthened in conflicts.

Dr. Lianboi Vaiphei, professor of political science at DU, raised an interesting point about instances of prejudices against the North Easterners in mainstream Indian Cinema and questioned as to why wasn’t a north Easterner casted as Mary Kom for the biographical drama. She also expressed how Northeastern women have been seen as women with easy virtues in mainland India and any crime against a northeast woman is seen as justifying lesson to be taught.

The two day conference saw various discussions around deep rooted discrimination in the country, and analysing conflict from a gendered lens. Control Arms Foundation of India and Manipur Women Gun Survivor’s Network in collaboration with Multiple Action Research Group and support from European Union organised this International Conference.The conference brought together scholars who are working on deepening research to understand race and gender based violence in the country and the world, develop innovative strategies to end this discrimination and advocate for policy change.

Participants in the conference included global and regional civil society organisations, regional and global policy makers, students,lawyers, law enforcement agencies and other relevant stakeholders. All of the participants came together to sign a Memorandum appealing the President to urgently address the issue of Racial and Sexual Violence.


* This Press Release was sent to e-pao.net by Yuri Luikham of Control Arms Foundation of India & Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network who can be contacted at yuri(DOT)luikham(AT)gmail(DOT)com
This Press Release was posted on January 23 2018

* Comments posted by users in this discussion thread and other parts of this site are opinions of the individuals posting them (whose user ID is displayed alongside) and not the views of e-pao.net. We strongly recommend that users exercise responsibility, sensitivity and caution over language while writing your opinions which will be seen and read by other users. Please read a complete Guideline on using comments on this website.




LATEST IN E-PAO.NET
  • DESAM Protest- remove MU VC : Gallery
  • Konung Kang Chingba #2 : Gallery
  • Unbiased Retake Manipur University Issues
  • BoSEM Imbroglio: Educational smuggling
  • Jobs available in NIELIT centers
  • Commanding Officer-i-c must be punished
  • Public official's escorts assault lawyer
  • Is Govt underestimating MU Community
  • MU impasses : Getting uglier
  • Art Exhibit @Imphal Art College #1 : Gallery
  • HSLC students @ Chalwa, KPI : Gallery
  • Arambam Modhu Kalabhusan-Lairik Haiba
  • Interferences in private school affairs
  • Diagnostic Testing Phases -complexities
  • The Kite Runner :: Poem
  • Call for joint mass protest at New Delhi
  • Naga Peace Process :: News Timeline
  • Manipur CM warns of extreme steps
  • Naga civil society playing key role
  • This will be an Acid test for N. Biren
  • Best option : A graceful exit ..for Pandey
  • Kang Khichri chaba @Kwakeithel : Gallery
  • Plastic Surgery Day @RIMS : Gallery
  • Kang Chingba @Keishampat : Gallery
  • Human rights of women in our society
  • AFSPA Gesture and Better Alternative
  • Leisure :: Poem
  • Restore Life After Burns : Plastic Surgery
  • IM accuses AR of 'cold-blooded murder'
  • Konung Kang Chingba #1 : Gallery
  • Dont waste searching for word/phrases
  • Hill People & Merger of Manipur
  • Manipur State Constitution Act 1947 #5
  • U-Mangra for biofuel for economic devpt
  • Painting competition on environment
  • Condemn Moreh terror attack
  • Climbing Shirui Hills, Ukhrul #3 : Gallery
  • Ichangthoubi, Thotmungchan :: eMing
  • Kang Chingba - Rath Yatra : Book
  • Why the impasse at Manipur University
  • Condolence Message for Tamenglong
  • Maharaj parleys Bizando
  • Opt for fruit/vegetable beauty product
  • DG Assam Rifles meets Governor
  • Recreation - a Serious Business
  • Tuilha Kolt waterfall @Kpi #1 : Gallery
  • Eyek Tamba :: Learn Manipuri script
  • Lamjing Meira Ningsing Numit #2 : Gallery
  • Who Created the Border Pillar Conflict ?
  • EEVFAM amidst Numbness and Noise
  • Special Olympics Unified Cup 2018
  • Path for youth's bright future
  • Addressing core issues
  • Students Vs Centre's man : MU
  • Thangjam Manorama Anniversary: Gallery
  • A reflection on POCSO Act, 2012
  • Fear :: Poem
  • War veterans laboured to clean compound
  • Free Career Counselling Program
  • NEFIS writes to University bodies
  • Sit-in-Protest Against House Search
  • 50th World Population Day celebrated
  • Something worrying
  • Congress : 2 days session too short
  • Jadugi Chei :: Funga Wari
  • Tribal protest for MU normalcy : Gallery
  • Framework Agreement: What is it ?
  • Some cairns from the way: Artist's retake #2
  • Cry of a Dying River # 36 :: Poem
  • Overview on Manipur University imbroglio
  • Tribal Students memo to HRD on MU
  • India-Vietnam Film Show 2018 at Delhi
  • Why the CM is helpless ?
  • No end in sight to MU crisis
  • Indo-Myanmar Pillar 81 @Kwatha #1: Gallery
  • Global Bamboo Congress @Beijing : Gallery
  • Manipur State Constitution Act 1947 #4
  • Kamesh Salam : Speaker at BARC, Beijing
  • Career in Cooperatives
  • Nagaland CM's speech at NEC
  • NPF Rejoinder to JD (U) of July 9
  • The Killing Fields - 2013-18 : News Timeline
  • Unfair Game
  • Expecting documentary proof from villagers
  • Lamjing Meira Ningsing Numit #1 : Gallery
  • Woken Youth Clubs in season of World Cup
  • Converting tourism potential into reality
  • Let me live in your heart :: Poem
  • D-Jent.... Djentleman... Anyone ?
  • Socialism or destruction of humanity ?
  • Inner Line Permit (ILP) Demand :: Timeline
  • Demand action against KSO activists
  • 3 Manipur girls in BCCI U-19 squad
  • Rights meet on bill outcome
  • Naga integration will be democratic..
  • Ichangi Laidhi #3 :: eRang
  • Modernizing Manipur University Library
  • In the grip of nothingness :: Poem
  • Password protection - I
  • Congenital Heart Defect operated
  • Hill area bandh relaxed temporarily
  • State & central govt must stop conflict
  • Cohesion is sports
  • Explain 'devious purpose'
  • Willong Khullen, Maram #2 : Gallery
  • Manipur merger agreement 1947
  • Wari Jalsa at New Delhi
  • Congress grass menace in North-East
  • M A Thomas National Human Rights Award
  • What does worry do to us ?
  • Is Manipur a part of India ?
  • Rumours of child lifters : Dangerous
  • List of MLA (Jan 2018) #3 : Gallery
  • Forest Rights Act 2006 -context of Manipur
  • Supreme Court Hearing on EEVFAM case
  • Cry of a Dying River - 35 :: Poem
  • Terirama Th. met South Korea's first lady
  • Securing security cameras: invisible eye
  • Rejoinder to Nagaland CM's statement
  • Meitei Mayek - are the scales tipped now
  • Patronising non-locals : Nail the insiders
  • UNC oppose indefinite Manipur bandh
  • Tribal University @ Senapati : Gallery
  • Rally to remove MU VC #2 : Gallery
  • Some cairns from the way: Artist's retake #1
  • Manipur State Constitution Act 1947 #3
  • UN experts on 'fake encounter' killings
  • Nagaland CM Rio statement on July 4
  • Condemns inhuman eviction by Govt
  • Trainees Certificate of RPL at Kamrup
  • Minor reunited with mother after 26 days
  • Non-Operative Closure of "hole in the heart"
  • We are for the people, for the society
  • Over 30 days : Centre sleeps, MU 'burns'
  • Thokchom Brindashabi Devi :: Profile
  • Kshetri-bengoon Eviction Protest : Gallery
  • Successive pay commissions: It's impact
  • Research Support @ R-Square Design
  • leingakki thouwong - state terrorism
  • Rebuttal: Interview of Ranju Singh
  • Different forces pulling Manipur : Lim
  • Pakhangba Cheng Hongba #3 : Gallery
  • Some ideas for prevention of flood
  • Satisfaction :: Poem
  • Supreme Court hearing on EEVFAM - 2 July
  • Dark lips .. causes and care
  • Training on Handloom Weaver at Hojai
  • CME on 'Congenital Heart Diseases'
  • Nagaland CM should make his stand clear
  • 2019 LS polls : BJP on the offensive
  • Great June Uprising @Kekrupat #4 : Gallery
  • Naga American conference in California
  • Life of an army officer's daughter
  • The Winter Blues :: Poem
  • 16th Mega Miss North East
  • NDPP on Naga integration
  • Allegations against VC holds no ground
  • Rally to remove MU VC #1 : Gallery
  • July Calendar for Year 2018 :: Tools
  • A Washed-Out Summer Vacation in MU
  • Manipur State Constitution Act 1947 #2
  • My short interaction with Penna Donna
  • 9th Men Mega Mister North East
  • Memo submitted to Kiren Rijiju
  • India- no interest to protect its boundary
  • Idea of who is a citizen of the land
  • Poumai Purul Hiimai Paoki #3 : Gallery
  • Dr Thingnam Kishan Memorial : Gallery
  • Black sheep in movement for ILPS #3
  • Our Common Crisis: What are We to Do #2
  • Jackichand Singh signs for FC Goa
  • No co-operation to MU VC
  • Nagaland CM contradicting himself : NPF
  • Career Guidance Workshop at Ukhrul
  • The tales of a forgotten University
  • Pulling at idea of Manipur : Lim, ATC
  • Climbing Shirui Hills, Ukhrul #2 : Gallery
  • Moirangthem Arup: 90 Km Marathon, Africa
  • Pitfalls on land acquisition for Mapithel Dam
  • Chinese dominance in 21st century
  • Caring for the elderly
  • IIT-G's Technothlon prelims at UAE
  • Mass Rally from Manipur University
  • Nagaland CM releases book by teenager
  • Why trying to dictate media time & again
  • MU, border pillar, Citizenship Bill
  • Oinam Dilip's Painting Exhibition
  • Intl Day Against Drug Abuse : Gallery
  • The Manipur Merger Agreement 1949
  • A road to Mandalay
  • Keeping up: medical diagnostics tech
  • The mother of all preventive strategies
  • Relief camps for Flood affected families
  • The dark side of Indian democracy
  • From three time CM to Oppn leader
  • Khumang Pokpa Haraoba #1 : Gallery
  • Enduring Theatre of Guerrilla War
  • Intl Day in Support of Victims of Torture
  • Impact of trade & floods on economy
  • Imparting training as profession #2
  • Najmaji's flood fixing formula
  • History of Yoga
  • Intl Day against Drug Abuse
  • Politicising MU issue: by whom ?
  • Effective ban on plastics needed
  • Thaunaphaba Marup :: Funga Wari
  • Naga Nationalism & Naga Integration
  • Manipur State Constitution Act 1947 #1
  • Great June Uprising @Kekrupat #3 : Gallery
  • Mova Cave, Hungpung, Ukhrul #1 : Gallery
  • Tribal Cultural Festival #2 : Gallery
  • General Thangal Eco Park : Gallery
  • Garlic Festival @Ukhrul #4 :: Gallery
  • Dzuko valley #4 :: 360 Panorama View
  • Manglandasu Nang - OST :: e-pao Radio
  • Laitonjam Rajnikanta : Profile
  • Kang Tournament @ Yaiskul : Gallery
  • HSLC 208 Exam Toppers : Gallery
  • Aerial view from Chingmeirong : Gallery
  • Front Page Photo 2018 #2: Gallery
  • Class XII Exam Toppers : Gallery
  • Temples of Manipur : Gallery
  • Recipients of Akademi Awards for 2014
  • Old Manipuri Movie #1 :: eRang Classic
  • SPONSORED ADS