Naga Women Making a Difference: Peace Building in Northeastern India

Rita Manchanda | January 2005

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The end of fighting between the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN) and the Indian government exposed divisions within the NSCN and among Naga factions. Although it seemed that the ceasefire could not be sustained, Naga women began taking advantage of their position as respected mothers, stepping in to stop inter-factional violence. The Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA) has even established a Peace Team that has held advocacy meetings with Indian government officials and military officers.


This publication chronicles the innovative approaches of Naga women who mediate among armed actors and mobilize for peace and reconciliation across conflict divides. This report documents the activities of Naga women to sustain the ceasefire, strengthen the formal peace process, and encourage the pursuit of long-term stability in northeastern India.

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