Manipur’s human rights defender and author Binalakshmi Nepram has been chosen as one of the two winners of the Reach All Women in WAR (RAW in WAR) Anna Politkovskaya Award.B Nepram shares the annual award recognizing women human rights workers with Nobel literature laureate and investigative journalist Svetlana Alexievich from Belarus.
Ahead of the 12th anniversary of Anna Politkovskaya’s murder on Sunday, RAW in WAR honours the duo for their bravery in speaking out and defying injustice, violence and extremism in their regions. Nepram also suffered death threats and had to move for her safety. She believes that, if she comes back to India, she could suffer the same fate as Gauri Lankesh, the Indian journalist and co-winner of the 2017 Anna Politkovskaya Award, who was assassinated.
In 2007, Binalakshmi Nepram launched the Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network, which has helped more than 20,000 women survivors of gun violence in the 70-year-long armed conflict in Manipur to rebuild their lives and obtain justice.
On accepting the award, Binalakshmi Nepram thanked the organization, Reach All Women in War (RAW in WAR) and the distinguished jury for choosing them for the honour. ‘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.’