The Sengwer Indigenous People have suffered severe human rights violations at the hands of the Kenyan Government.
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.
Under threat of land grabbing by agribusiness company Biopalm, indigenous Bagyeli women from the department of Océan say no to oil palm production in their forests.
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.
Las mujeres indígenas de los bosques de Camerún hicieron sentir su presencia en un desfile para celebrar la 33ª edición del Día Internacional de la Mujer a través de fuertes mensajes de defensa de sus derechos.
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.
Más de veintidós veces nuestra comunidad ha sido desalojada forzosamente de nuestra tierra ancestral en el bosque de Embobut, en las colinas de Cherangany, por el Servicio Forestal de Kenia (KFS, por sus siglas en inglés), una agencia del Gobierno que se supone que es responsable de la protección de lo
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.
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.
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.
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: http://www.treatybodywebcast.org/.
Quince organizaciones que trabajan con mujeres indígenas, incluido el Forest Peoples Programme, se han aliado para resaltar la injusticia y las múltiples formas de discriminación que sufren las mujeres indígenas de la República Democrática del Congo (RDC) ante el Comité para la Eliminación de la Discriminación contra la Mujer (el Comité). De acuerdo con el procedimiento del Comité para examinar los informes periódicos que los Estados partes están obligados a presentar cada cuatro años, en los que los Estados describen las medidas legislativas, judiciales, administrativas y de otro tipo que han adoptado para aplicar las disposiciones de la Convención sobre la eliminación de todas las formas de discriminación contra la mujer (la Convención), el Comité estudiará el informe de la RDC con fecha del 11 de julio de 2013 en presencia de una delegación de representantes del gobierno congoleño. Esta reunión y sus procedimientos pueden verse en vivo en línea en el sitio internet: http://www.treatybodywebcast.org/.
Letter to request that the situation of indigenous women of Cameroon be included in the list of questions arising from the Cameroon government's periodic report, for the attention of the pre-session working group (57th Session of the CEDAW Committee)
A gender workshop organised in Kisoro, south-western Uganda, from the 19-21 November 2012 that aimed to initiate indigenous people in general aspects of gender, has ended successfully.
The workshop was facilitated by the United Organisation for Batwa Development in Uganda (UOBDU) and Forest Peoples Programme and hosted fifty Batwa men and women from the districts of Kanungu, Mbarara, Kabale and Kisoro. Youngsters aged 14 - 20 also attended the workshop.