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Joan Carling, a woman land rights defender

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Interview with Joan Carling “Whatever happens to the land directly affects indigenous women in a profound manner. It is like taking the fish out of the water, when they experience loss of land.” Joan Carling is an indigenous activist from the Cordillera, Philippines and former Secretary-General of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP). In this interview, she discusses the crucial role of indigenous women in the struggle for land rights and the impacts of land rights violations on women. As part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence, we are highlighting the work of women land rights defenders and ...

Statement on 16 days of Activism on Gender Based Violence

Dear Members, Partners and Allies, We, indigenous women of Asia, mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign with this year’s theme: Orange the World: Raise Money to End Violence Against Women and Girls. We call for sustainable financing for the efforts to end violence against women and girls towards the fulfilment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We, indigenous women, are estimated to be 50% of the 260 million Indigenous Peoples in Asia yet we are disproportionately marginalized. Because we are relentlessly discriminated against on the basis of the intersectionality of our gender and our ethnicity, we suffer multiple forms of ...

Indigenous women in Asia meet for the 3rd annual regional exchange

30 indigenous women from eight countries in Asia gathered in Yangon, Myanmar for AIPP’s 3rd Exchange Visit with the theme: Building and Strengthening Women’s Networks in the Mekong Region and South Asia last November 30, 2016. Supported by local host Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO), the indigenous women participants from Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, Mainland and Northeast India, Nepal and Cambodia actively engaged, shared and collaborated over the course of the four-day event, particularly on their experiences of climate change within their respective contexts. At the end of the event, these women left with a strong and progressive statement to be ...

Statement: We Stand With Standing Rock! Stop Attacking Water Protectors!

23 November 2016 A Joint Statement by International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL), Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), International Organization for Self Determination and Equality (IOSDE) On the night of November 20, 2016, over 400 Water Protectors gathered on a bridge near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, United States and were violently dispersed by police forces in the name of the corporate-owned Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). The security forces were in riot gear and used water cannons, concussion grenades, rubber bullets, tear gas and sound cannons against the Water Protectors, who were weaponless ...

Dialogue meeting on Enhanced Indigenous Peoples’ Participation at the UN: Documents

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Note on the Dialogue Meeting on Enhanced Indigenous Peoples’ Participation at the UN 11-12 November 2016, Bangkok, Thailand The purpose of the Dialogue Meeting was to provide Indigenous participants from all seven socioeconomic regions the opportunity to consider and consolidate their positions and strategies with respect to the specific issues raised in the PGA’s final compilation report (A/70/990). Key Issue A: Venue for Enhanced Indigenous Peoples’ Participation Key issue A addresses the question of where in the UN indigenous peoples’ participation should be enhanced. Key issue A is elaborated upon in paragraphs 9 – 24 of the PGA’s final compilation ...

Asia Indigenous Women’s Recommendations for Climate Change Policy-Makers

On 30th of October 2016, 32 indigenous women from eight countries1 in Asia gathered in Yangon, Myanmar for Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP)’s 3rd Regional Exchange Visit. Over the four-day event, the participants shared experiences; best practices and lessons learned on the impacts of climate change in their communities, such as creating conservation zones in watershed areas and surrounding forests and adjusting cultivation calendars to adapt with irregular weather patterns. Below is the summary and recommendations. Despite our diversity, we, indigenous women across Asia are experiencing common challenges: irregular and unreliable weather patterns are leading to food insecurity and loss ...

Statement: Denounce Corporate Greed and Prioritise Protection of Human Rights and Environmental Sustainability

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Statement of Solidarity of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact to the Peoples of Standing Rock Sioux Reservation Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP)* stands with the Native Americans, activists and water protectors at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota, USA in denouncing corporate power and demanding state accountability. AIPP supports the full protection of the Missouri river and the territory of Standing Rock Sioux Reservation against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). This project is an outright violation of the treaty agreement between the US government and the Sioux tribe with their inherent collective right to their lands, territories and resources. ...

Call for Applications: Section Head – Management Position

ASIA INDIGENOUS PEOPLES PACT (AIPP) REGIONAL SECRETARIAT CHIANG MAI, THAILAND  Position:  Section Head (SH) – Management Position  Section:  Institutional Support Services Duration of the Contract: 3 years with minimum 3 months to maximum 9 months probation. The contract will be renewed annually subject to performance and availability of funds Reports to:  Management Team and the Secretary General To supervise: Programme coordinators of the Communication Development and Regional Capacity Building Duty Station:  AIPP Regional Secretariat in Chiang Mai, Thailand Level of Education:  At least Bachelor’s Degree with the field of specialization on Organizational Development and Management Date of Announcement:   The Asia ...

Malaria, murder and occupational hazards of indigenous activists in the Philippines

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by Alisa Tang | @alisatang | Thomson Reuters Foundation CHIANG MAI, Thailand, Nov 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A little over a decade ago, indigenous activist Joan Carling from the Philippines Cordillera region lost three colleagues in the space of a few years – all murdered in one of the world’s deadliest countries for land rights defenders. Then came her turn: a relative in the military told Carling’s father his daughter’s name was on the “order of battle”, the Philippines military’s list of people, including activists, who are deemed enemies of the state. “When you are on the order of ...

A building made from mud and straw is cool

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BY LOH FOON FONG The heat from the afternoon sun disappeared quickly as I stepped into an unusual mud building. Inside, it felt cooler by several degrees, even without air-conditioning. I had just entered an office built with bricks made of rice husk and straw combined with fine mud. This was the new secretariat for the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) near Chiangmai, Thailand. AIPP secretary-general Joan Carling said, “It’s good to demonstrate that we live up to our commitment to promote the environment,” she said during the office inauguration recently. AIPP is a regional organisation of indigenous peoples’ movements to promote ...