India: IANSA woman wins Sean MacBride Peace Prize for 2010

30 June 2010

IANSA woman Binalakshmi Nepram of the Manipuri Women Gun Survivors Network, and the Control Arms Foundation of India, has been awarded the Sean MacBride Peace Prize for 2010 by the International Peace Bureau.

The Prize is awarded annually by the International Peace Bureau (IPB), founded in 1891. It is named after Sean MacBride, a distinguished Irish statesman who shared the 1974 Nobel Peace Prize, and is given to individuals or organisations for their outstanding work for peace, disarmament and human rights. See
IPB's Secretary-General Colin Archer said: “It gives me enormous pleasure to convey the IPB Board's decision to award Ms Binalakshmi Nepram the 2010 Sean MacBride Peace Prize in recognition of her extraordinary efforts to promote disarmament and an end to gun violence in India. Her pioneering work with both the Manipuri Women's Gun Survivor Network and the Control Arms Foundation of India has demonstrated deep determination and commitment - in particular to the linkage between disarmament and development, which is a vital topic for the IPB. Her achievements offer an inspiring model for activists in other parts of the world”.
The Prize will be awarded to Ms Nepram on 23rd September 2010 at the Nobel Centre in the Norwegian capital Oslo during the opening session of the IPB’s Triennial Conference, entitled ‘A Climate of Peace’. More information at:
In a statement issued in New Delhi, Ms Nepram wrote:  “I am deeply humbled to hear that I have been awarded the Sean MacBride Peace Prize for 2010. The journey for peace, justice, universal disarmament and a world free of war is long and challenging. But news such as this motivates me and my team at Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network and Control Arms Foundation of India to keep working for a peaceful world with dedication and strength in our hearts. I dedicate this award to the struggling people of Manipur in Northeast India and in other conflict zones around the world for whom a life in peace is still a distant dream. We have a long tiring road to walk together”.

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