Indigenous Women Working for Their Rights

Indigenous Women Working for Their Rights

In February, women from 20 different countries met in Chiang Mai, Thailand, to discuss the challenges indigenous women and their communities face in relation to their land rights. The International Workshop on Indigenous Women’s Rights, Lands and Resources was collaboratively held by the Asian Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and Forest Peoples Programme (FPP).

Listen here to the voices of indigenous women reflecting on the work of their communities and peoples to protect their rights.

They offer insight into a wider struggle for the rights of their peoples and communities. AIPP’s Women’s Programme Coordinator Chanda, FPP’s Director Joji, and participants Marie-Josee, Sophy and Natalia share their personal perspectives on the nature of gender considerations in the wider land rights and human rights struggle of indigenous peoples. Speaking from a workshop held recently in Thailand, they share their views among women from Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean and from throughout Asia, together with some support organisations.

Joji Cariño from the UK (FPP), emphasises the importance of women’s roles and contributions in relation to land work and resource management.

Marie-Josee Artist, from Suriname, explains how women’s land rights in Suriname are not recognised. This poses many problems, as she explains…

Sophy Tanky, from Kenya, stresses that women and men need to work together to share ideas to succeed and to protect their communities.

Chanda Thapa, from Thailand (AIPP), talks about the problems of land grabbing and discrimination facing indigenous women.

Natalia Sarapura, from Argentina, talks about the spiritual connection between all humans and the environment and states that the defence of land rights can only be sustained by the equality of men and women. (Spanish Only. Click here for translated summary)