Submission to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW): The Land Rights of Rural Women. 31 October 2013

A formal submission to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) to contribute to the elaboration of a General Recommendation on Rural Women under the Convention. The submission highlights the specific circumstances of indigenous women and the need to focus on achieving coherence between CEDAW and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. 

Animation produced by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) on Indigenous Women's Rights

We live in a time when public opinion is demanding a fairer and more equitable planet. There is no more important element to address this than the equality of men and women. This 4-minute animation video, produced by AIPP, outlines the recommendations from CEDAW (Convention for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women) and UNDRIP (UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples) particularly on indigenous women that guide and help us to move in this direction.

The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women must pay special attention to the vulnerable situation of indigenous women in the DRC

Fifteen organisations working with indigenous women, including Forest Peoples Programme, have joined forces to emphasise the injustice and multiple forms of discrimination suffered by indigenous women in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (the Committee). States are required to submit reports to the Committee every four years, describing legislative, judicial, administrative or other measures they have adopted to implement the provisions of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (the Convention). The DRC’s report will be examined by the Committee on 11 July 2013 in the presence of a delegation of Congolese government representatives. The proceedings can be watched live online at:

Komite Penghapusan Diskriminasi terhadap Perempuan harus menaruh perhatian khusus pada situasi perempuan adat yang rentan di Republik Demokratik Kongo

Lima belas organisasi yang bekerja bersama perempuan adat, termasuk Forest Peoples Programme, bergabung untuk menegaskan ketidakadilan dan berbagai bentuk diskriminasi yang diderita perempuan adat di Republik Demokratik Kongo (RDK) kepada Komite Penghapusan Diskriminasi terhadap Perempuan (Komite). Negara-negara diminta untuk menyampaikan laporan empat tahunan kepada Komite untuk menjelaskan langkah-langkah legislatif, judikatif dan administratif serta langkah-langkah lainnya yang telah mereka adopsi untuk melaksanakan ketentuan-ketentuan Konvensi Penghapusan Segala Bentuk Diskriminasi terhadap Perempuan (Konvensi),.Komite akan mempelajari laporan RDK tanggal 11 Juli 2013 di hadapan delegasi perwakilan pemerintah Kongo.

Nepal: Identity and equality is all that indigenous women want

Source: MyRepublica

The contours of “New Nepal” we all dream of cannot be shaped without appropriately addressing the concerns being raised by the indigenous women, who comprise half the female population. Traditionally, these women enjoyed greater degree of freedom and socioeconomic status than those from the so-called high caste Hindu groups such as Bahun, Chhetri, and Thakuri, who were restricted by pervasive patriarchy and religious orthodoxy. Unlike these women of the Indo-Aryan origin, the indigenous women were adept in handicrafts and other enterprises and freely participated in socio-cultural events. They faced no restriction during menstruation and were even free to choose their life partner and to remarry if they became single. They were also less affected by the dowry system.