JOINT STATEMENT OF INDIGENOUS WOMEN IN MANIPUR

We, the Hmar Women Association, the Kuki Women Union, the Zomi Mothers Association, Churachandpur Joint Women Organization, the Mizo Peoples Convention Women’s wing and Naga Women’s Union representing the voice of indigenous women in Manipur assert that we are peoples different from the dominant societies.

We are a people who have been living and practicing our culture and traditions which is unique and distinct from the dominant societies.

Our social, cultural, economic and political life has been passed down from our ancestors and we continue to practice them.

We belong to a worldview that defines land as collectively owned by the people and not the State. We are against any form of attempt to alienate us from our land. Land is central to our identity and life.

Therefore, the agreement exclusively between the government of Manipur and the JCILPs on the Manipur Land Revenue and land Reforms (seventh amendment) bill 2015 and subsequently passed in the Manipur Assembly on August 31, 2015 should not include the land that belongs to us; namely in the district of Churachandpur, Tamenglong, Chandel, Ukhrul and Senapati.

(JL. Sawmi)
President
Churachandpur Joint Women Organization

(Heshi Haokip)
President
Kuki Women Union, Churachandpur

(Joycee)
President
Zomi Mother’s Association

(R. Lalkhumi)
President
Mizo Peoples’ Convention Women’s Wing

(Chongtuozing)
Secretary
Hmar Women Association, Churachandpur

(L.M. Tabitha)
President
Naga Women’s Union

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