Peacewomen of Northeast India

Putting the spotlight on Northeast India’s history of peace negotiations, mediations and accords ensuing from protracted conflicts, the WISCOMP Dialogue explored women’s role in peacebuilding in the region. The speakers engaged with the discontents of peace processes, the politics of gender that undergirds their failures and the everyday experiences of living in a space embedded in structural forms of violence even as it struggles for a peaceable future. What does peace really mean in Northeast India today? Does the absence of violent conflict necessarily yield peace? What are the hidden forces of attrition in this society? What other forms of symbolic violence continue to afflict its people? These and other questions were explored at the Dialogue.