Binalakshmi Nepram, MPhil
Ms. Binalakshmi "Bina" Nepram is an indigenous scholar and women human rights defender, whose work focuses on deepening democracy and championing women-led peace, security, and disarmament in Manipur, Northeast India, and South Asia. She is currently a SAR Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. She is the founder of three organizations: the Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network, the Control Arms Foundation of India, and the Global Alliance of Indigenous Peoples, Gender Justice, and Peace.
She has authored and edited five books, including Deepening Democracy, Diversity, and Women’s Rights in India (2019), Where Are Our Women in Decision Making? (2016), and South Asia’s Fractured Frontier (2002), Meckley : A Historical Fiction on Manipur (2004).
Bina’s work has garnered international recognition, including the Anna Politskovskaya Award (2018), Women have Wings Award (2016), CNN IBN Real Heroes Award (2011), Ashoka Social Innovators Fellowship (2011), and the Sean MacBride Peace Prize (2010). In 2013, the U.K.-based Action on Armed Violence named her one of “100 most influential people in the world working in armed violence reduction.”
Ms. Nepram served as a Visiting Scholar at Connecticut College in 2018–2019 and at Columbia University in 2017–2018 and she was amongst many selected from around the world for the National Endowment for Democracy's Reagan Fascell Spring Fellow 2020 where she was based in Washington DC. Bina is also a board member of the International Peace Bureau, the 1910 Nobel Peace Laureate and Peace Direct. Peace for her is hard work every single day.