How womxn have led the region's movements from colonial rule in the past to state oppression in the present.
12 women stripped naked in a protest before the Kangla fort in Manipur on 11th July, 2004. These mothers or “Imas” also known as "Meira Paibis" or “women torch bearers” were protesting the rape and extra-judicial murder of 32 year old Thangjum Manorama. Their slogan "Kill Us! Rape Us! We are all Manorama's mothers" made a huge impact and drew attention to what had been going on in Manipur for decades under the draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act (1958), AFSPA. They continue to fight to this day but few know that the history of Manipur's women's movements is more than a 100 years old.