On top of a hill on the edge of the Northern Rift Valley in Kenya, the sun is warm but the air is fresh and cool. Moments ago, music of resistance filled the air as Sengwer women practiced traditional dance, song and solidarity.
The “Promoting Forest Peoples’ Rights and Food Security with Good Governance in Forest and Climate Policies; from principles to practice” project (henceforth “the project”) is a five-year project funded by the EU under its Environment and Natural Resources Thematic Programme, implemented in 5 African countries –
As a human rights organisation, gender justice is a fundamental principle of our work, and we have long been conscious of, and sought to address, the barriers to effective participation in decision-making by women. This blog summarises some of the experiences and learnings from our fieldwork in the Congo Basin over the past 5 years, on how to improve women’s effective participation at the community level.
The indigenous women of Cameroon’s forests made their presence felt in a parade celebrating the 33rd edition of International Women’s Day through strong advocacy messages concerning their rights.
Perempuan adat dari hutan Kamerun menarik perhatian khalayak luas dalam sebuah parade untuk merayakan edisi ke-33 Hari Perempuan Internasional melalui pesan-pesan advokasi yang kuat mengenai hak-hak mereka.
More than 22 times now, our community has been forcefully evicted from our ancestral land in Embobut forest, Cherangany Hills, by the Kenya Forest Service (KFS), a government agency that is supposed to be responsible for the protection of forests in the country.
Sudah lebih dari 22 kali sekarang komunitas kami telah diusir secara paksa dari tanah leluhur kami di hutan Embobut, Bukit Cherangany, oleh Dinas Kehutanan Kenya (KFS), sebuah instansi pemerintah yang seharusnya bertanggung jawab atas perlindungan hutan di negara ini.
On International Women’s Day 2017, indigenous Baka and Bagyeli women in the rainforest of southern Cameroon are facing up to threats to their lands, livelihoods and forests. Equipped with smartphone apps, women are learning how to monitor the issues that affect their lives the most.
As the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence come to a close today, FPP reflects on the actions needed now to concretely and effectively address the role and position of women fighting for the collective rights of their peoples. In this context we are pleased to present a follow-up new report on the International Workshop on Indigenous Women’s Rights, Land and Resources.
Milka Chepkorir Kuto is a human rights activist and member of the Sengwer indigenous people, who live in the the Embobut and Kabolet Forest, Kenya. For the last three years, Milka has been focusing on indigenous women and their role in defending land rights. In occasion of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, we have spoken to Milka about her work and the importance of including women in the struggle to retain ownership and control over their lands.
Arnobia Moreno lives in the indigenous Resguardo Cañamomo Lomaprieta, one of the oldest colonial reserves in Colombia. Over the years she has played a key role in involving women in the protection and conservation of their traditional land. As part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, Arnobia told us about the importance of the Collective of Indigenous Women, which she helped creating, and her work to obtain the restitution of the original territory of the indigenous communities living in the Resguardo.
Since the 1960s, the Sengwer peoples of western Kenya have been experiencing forced evictions from their home in the name of conservation. Since 2014, these evictions have intensified.
Forest Peoples Programme has created this toolkit to help indigenous women in Africa to better understand the African human rights system and how to use it effectively to secure their rights.