The London Olympics are over but the athletes’ achievements have the potential to leave a lasting legacy. Mary Kom, a flyweight boxer from Manipur in north-east India, didn’t win gold – yet her performance inspired her state and her country.
A new government scheme that has been recently rolled out in Manipur offers rape victims a chance to apply for financial compensation. However, Ambra fears that while the scheme will help women financially it won’t help to bring them justice and that rapists will walk free.
Talking of her own ‘journey from victimhood to self-reliance,’ Ambra blogs about how a moment of determination was the turning point for her and her sons.
Ambra blogs about some controversial topics around treating people with drug dependencies in Manipur. Also, a new initiative looks to diagnose HIV in infants as early as possible.
Salam ongbi Patamo has always had a passion for running, but never expected to win three gold medals. She tells us about how the National Masters Athletic Championships changed her life.
Caring for two children can be difficult in Manipur, especially when you have no means of stable income. Some women turn to the only source of income available to them. Women Action for Development has been supporting Nungshi (not her real name) to start a new life.
Ambra’s support group is helping a young girl who became the victim of ‘mob justice’ after a Manipur policeman’s suicide put her in the firing line.
The culture of elections in the state is of bribery, corruption and proxy voting. Democracy – which is based on people electing their own representatives – has become a farce of money power and muscle power.
Takhelchangbam Ambravati talks about her work in Manipur supporting women who live with domestic violence.
A woman had been married for just five and a half months when her husband died. While going through his possessions after his death, she found documents which showed that her husband had been HIV positive for a long time and was even taking antiretroviral (ARV) drugs.
The level of violence in Manipur – both within and outside the family – is immense. So even though we have a deep conviction that our work will make a difference, our faith is put to the test many times.
Recently we have been trying to re-awaken and re-invigorate government departments and bodies, trying to get them involved in ensuring justice for the women who are survivors of violence and discrimination.
Food prices in Manipur have more than doubled as groups have blocked the highways, preventing deliveries of essential commodities and medicines.
The rise in popularity of mobile phones in Manipur has opened up new avenues of gender discrimination and violence against women.
Our blogger in Manipur, northeast India, explains how stigma against HIV positive people must be overcome if they are to stop the spread of AIDS.
Today my son was reading out the newspaper to me. The main news was of a husband and wife shot dead in front of their three young children by members of an insurgent group. The incident made me think once again how important the examples and lessons are that we give our children.
New technology, training and education are ways in which development can better our lives. Yet, we are also compelled to question what so-called development is costing us.
A popular joke among the people of Manipur is that A is for Arms, B for Bandhs (strikes), C for Curfew, and D for Drugs. This grim alphabet reflects the sad reality of the state. Tragically those that feel the impact most are women and children.
Part of my role as a grassroots worker is to know about the various government schemes that women in Manipur can get help through. Most of the time the women themselves know very little about them.
Last week women’s groups in Manipur staged protests to demand an investigation into the high number of suicides by women and murders of women. According to crime figures highlighted by the NGO I work for, there were five suicides in the first three months of 2011 alone.
In Manipur we live in a patriarchal and conflict-ridden society dominated by gun culture. As gender activists we work against great odds to lessen the danger and injustice against our fellow women in the state. But sometimes we are struck by the realisation of our own vulnerability.
A recent case in which a ten-year-old boy hanged himself served as a terrible reminder of how domestic violence in the home can have devastating consequences on children.
Sometimes we may feel that an incident that happened in another corner of the state, or something that is going on in the society outside the purview of our work has no relation to us. But this is a wrong notion and a fatal mistake that could set back whatever we have managed to achieve.
Last week, a woman – let’s call her Thaba – came to us seeking justice. She had been badly beaten by a man to whom she had lent some money. Her husband was ill and she needed the money back. So she had asked him to return the money.
Last year was a sad year for us. It started with the gruesome gang rape and murder of a 36-year-old widow called Chanbi and her teenage daughter. Chanbi left behind two daughters and a nine-year-old son. Although there was wide public outcry, the police have been unable to find the culprits. There were four cases…
For the last seven years our organisation Women Action for Development (WAD) has observed the International Fortnight Protesting Violence Against Women. The run-up to this fortnight is very hectic for all of us – preparing documents, analysing our findings, consulting with key policy-makers and individuals, brainstorming novel ways to raise awareness about violence against women…
The women in my state spend most of their time caring for their husbands, children and old people in the house. As a result, they tend to ignore their own ailments, giving priority to others. So when they do ultimately go to the doctor, it is only when the illness has become very painful or…
In Manipur there is a saying that a woman should be beaten ten times a day, suggesting that this is the only way to set her under men’s dominance. Another supposedly “respectful” saying, given as advice by parents to the in-laws and the husband of their daughters, is “discipline her [the daughter] to fit your…
In my work with abused women, one of the most important things is the support of the family and their resolve to stand by the decision of their daughter. In a recent case I dealt with, a woman who had been regularly beaten by her husband was forced by her family to go back and…
Two days ago, I went with a colleague to visit a 24-year-old widow undergoing treatment in hospital. Her husband was killed in a shootout with the police in January this year. The police claimed that her husband was linked with the insurgents operating in the state and told the media that he had been found…
Last week, my organisation ran a two-day residential workshop on lobbying and advocacy. This workshop focused on problems in Manipur, namely health, trafficking, education, conflict and the public distribution system. Most of the participants were volunteer workers, like me. Some were widows whose husbands were killed during the ongoing conflict in Manipur, some were students,…
It was an evening like this when I decided I would no longer suffer in silence in an abusive marriage and walked out on my husband. It was a decision that changed my life forever. Now I work as a gender volunteer for Women Action for Development (WAD) and I come across many stories like…
Better understanding, not bigger stories helped reinvigorate one reporter's passion for her work in Manipur, north-east India.
The state of Manipur has driven down tuberculosis numbers but its high levels of HIV, coupled with shame and secrecy, are threatening to undermine progress.
A crude loudspeaker, a PA system and dedicated news presenters are attracting loyal listeners in a remote Indian village.
Giving birth with the help of a skilled attendant is seen as the ideal but it is far from the reality for millions of women.
When food is scarce in many parts of rural India, girls are fed less than their brothers. But in the north-eastern region it's a different story.