Land conflicts impact both indigenous men and women, but the burden often falls disproportionately on the latter. As food producers, knowledge holders, caretakers, healers, and keepers of culture, loss of access to valuable natural resources means a loss of self-reliance for the women, causing not only physical displacement but also economic and social difficulties.
‘The indigenous women’s voices and “her stories”, as an integral part of the women’s movement and indigenous peoples’ movement, remain faint. This reflects the overall conditions of indigenous women as relatively more marginalized, discriminated against and dis-empowered at all levels. It also illustrates the urgent need to strengthen indigenous women’s organizations and institutions, as well as their leadership and effective participation, in all matters that concern them as women and as indigenous peoples.’ Joan Carling, Secretary General, AIPP.
This publication, published by AIPP, is a collection of stories of struggle of some indigenous women in Asia who directly face the negative impacts of mining. This publication is part of the Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders Network (IPHRD Net) efforts to inform actors and stakeholders of the efforts of indigenous women and their communities to address violations of their rights, particularly their collective rights as indigenous peoples. The IPHRD Net is supported by the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR).
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.
This briefing note, published by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and Forest Peoples Programme, is intended to develop discussion and thought about the complexity of the challenges of violence against indigenous women and girls. Work being done by indigenous women’s organisations in Asia and around the world has increasingly drawn attention to the need for specific analysis and understanding to be established of the nature and forms of such violence. This note also intends to shed light on the need to respect rights in totality, to simultaneously respect and protect the individual and collective rights of indigenous women.
Esta nota informativa, publicada por el Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact o AIPP (Pacto de Pueblos Indígenas de Asia) y el Forest Peoples Programme tiene la finalidad de fomentar el debate y la reflexión sobre la complejidad de los retos que plantea la violencia contra las mujeres y las niñas indígenas. La labor de las organizaciones de mujeres indígenas tanto de Asia como del resto del mundo está llamando crecientemente la atención sobre la necesidad de realizar un análisis específico de este tipo de violencia para poder comprender con precisión su naturaleza y sus formas. Esta nota también tiene la finalidad de aclarar la necesidad de respetar los derechos en su totalidad, para respetar y proteger simultáneamente los derechos individuales y colectivos de las mujeres indígenas.
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.
This week, indigenous women from throughout the Asia-Pacific region have gathered to raise their voices and present their concerns to the on-going session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York. This session of the CSW is focusing on the priority theme of violence against women and girls.
Priority theme of 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women: Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls
Statement by Indigenous Women from Asia-Pacific and the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP)
The following statement is from the indigenous women participants (Bangladesh, India, Malaysia and Thailand) in the workshop on Grounding the Global: Strategising Workshop for the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women from 3-4 February 2013. Bangkok. It was organised by APWLD, AIPP, DPI-AP and FWCC.
1. Destruction at Dawn: The Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the Republic of Nepal
An in-depth report into the development of the Arun III hydropower project and the challenges it, and projects like it, pose to the Nepali government commitments to protect the rights and interests of indigenous peoples (LAHURNIP, NGO-FONIN and FPP).
1. Destrucción al amanecer: Los derechos de los pueblos indígenas en la República de Nepal (Destruction at Dawn: The Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the Republic of Nepal)
Un informe detallado sobre el desarrollo del proyecto de energía hidroeléctrica Arun III y las amenazas que este proyecto y otros similares suponen para el compromiso del gobierno nepalí de proteger los derechos e intereses de los pueblos indígenas (LAHURNIP, NGO-FONIN y FPP).
During the 4th General Assembly of members, the Asia Indigenous Peoples’ Pact (AIPP) has adopted a strong policy on how the organisation will support and encourage work on gender-related issues in all of its working programmes. The policy also addresses internal gender-related processes and possible concerns. The policy will sit alongside the newly adopted strategic plan on women’s rights and forms a coherent and strong commitment to advancing the interests and rights of indigenous women.
Durante la 4.a Asamblea General de miembros, el Pacto de Pueblos Indígenas de Asia (AIPP por sus siglas en inglés) ha adoptado una firme política que determina cómo la organización apoyará y fomentará las cuestiones de género en todos sus programas de trabajo. Esta política también aborda procesos internos relacionados con cuestiones de género y posibles motivos de preocupación. La política se aplicará junto con el recién adoptado plan estratégico para los derechos de las mujeres y constituye un fuerte y coherente compromiso en la promoción de los intereses y los derechos de las mujeres indígenas.