New book on women in political decision making positions

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New Delhi, December 3
A new book born out of three years of intensive research across northeastern India and parts of Myanmar and Bangladesh focuses on the role of women in political decision making positions, especially in conflict-hit areas. The book, “Where are our Women in Decision Making?”, is a compilation of essays, papers, testimonies and stories with the UN Security Council’s landmark Resolution 1325 on women and peace and security that was adopted in October 2000 as the guiding document.
Edited by Binalakshmi Nepram, Secretary General of Control Arms Foundation of India (CAFI), and released by Friederike Tschampa, Head of the Political Section of the European Union Delegation in India, earlier this week, the volume also contains recommendations in the form of a National Action Plan on peace and security of women and role of women in political decision making. Starting in 2014, the research work was conducted by CAFI in association with Anando Foundation of Bangladesh and Welthungerhilfe of Germany with support from the European Union. Researches visited all eight northeastern states – Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura – as well as Shan state in Myanmar and the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) in Bangladesh to identify women leaders and make them understand UNSC Resolution 1325. “In doing our work, we came across very unexpected findings,” Nepram said. “Women in Sikkim, for example, said that this was the first time that they saw a meeting on a gender issue being held in their state,” she said. “Same was the case in Tripura with people there saying that it was the first they have seen a women-led organisation like CAFI holding such a meeting.”

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