North East Network (NEN) is a women’s rights organisation linking with rural and urban women and organisations on development and related issues within North East India. NEN recognizes the potential and right of every individual and child as crucial, irrespective of their race, colour, caste, ethnic origins, different abilities, linguistic group, religious belief, sexual orientation, marital/civil/family status, gender, age or social grouping. Thus, NEN endeavours touching individual lives to bring about a collective change in society.

NEN also connects to different civil society organisations on development and social justice issues within North East India. It was set up as part of the preparatory process for the Beijing World Conference on Women in 1995. In the 20 years since its establishment, NEN has become a platform to address women’s human rights.

NEN is one of the first organisations in the North East to combine activism with advocacy from a liberal feminist perspective, conveying critical gender issues through dialogue and dissemination.

How it Began

NEN was born as part of the preparatory process for the Beijing World Conference on Women in 1995. In the 20 years since its establishment, NEN has become a spokesperson for women’s human rights not just in North East but the whole country. NEN is one of the pioneer organisations in the North East to combine activism with advocacy from a liberal feminist perspective, conveying critical as well as sensitive gender issues through dialogue and dissemination.

Legal Status

NEN is a Society registered under the Societies Registration Act, XXI of 1860. NEN is also registered as a Charitable Society under the Income Tax Act 1961. It is registered with the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, New Delhi under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act 1976, as well. In addition, NEN is registered with the Ministry of Finance, Government of India under section 12A and 80G of the Income Tax Act, 1961.

Area of Operation

NEN is based in Assam and its work extends to Meghalaya, Nagaland, and Delhi. NEN has a registered office at present at Guwahati, District Kamrup Metro, Assam. It has an Office located at Jorpukhuri, Guwahati, with a unit in Tezpur Assam and Branch Offices at Shillong, Meghalaya, Chizami and Kohima in Nagaland.