Indigenous Women Programme

The Indigenous Women (IW) Programme aims to empower indigenous women to assert, promote and protect their rights as women and as indigenous peoples. the Programme’s focus activities include building the capacity of indigenous women and men to advocate for the recognition of the rights of women in local, national legislation and customary laws, and to campaign on violence against indigenous women and girl; strengthening the capacity of indigenous women organizations; and mainstreaming AIPP’s gender policy among AIPP members and partners.

International Women’s Day 2016: Strengthening Solidarity, Consolidating Victories and Mobilising for Success

International Women’s Day 2016: Strengthening Solidarity, Consolidating Victories and Mobilising for Success

This week has been both a time for celebration and reflection, as Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) commemorated International Women’s Day in solidarity with women, men and children across the globe. Every year, AIPP, along with several other local civil society organisations who are working on the advancement of women’s rights and gender equality, organizes the annual march and rally in Chiang Mai, Thailand. On March 8th, the AIPP Secretariat members gathered at 3 Kings Monument in Chiang Mai and along with 300 other members of civil society and the wider community, including women with HIV, sex workers, members of ...

Indigenous Women of the Mekong: Strengthening the Platform for a Regional Network in 2018


On October 30th, more than 30 women from the countries of the Mekong Region gathered in Mae Sa Mai Village, Mae Rim district in Chiang Mai Province, Thailand. The indigenous women were activists, leaders, and human rights defenders, who had come together in Chiang Mai for the 2nd Regional Exchange Programme titled ‘Building and Strengthening Indigenous Women’s Network in the Mekong Region’ which was supported by Oxfam Novib. The field visit to Mae Sa Mai Village marked the first day of the 4-day event, which brought together delegations from Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos to strengthen existing partnerships, nurture ...

India NGO CEDAW Shadow Report And status of Adivasi/Tribal Women in India for the 58th Session of CEDAW


This report presents the issues of adivasi/tribal women who came together to voice their concerns at state, national and international levels. The Inter State Adivasi Women‘s Network (ISAWN) and Indigenous Women‘s Forum of North East India (IWFNEI) together started the preparation process of this report. This report reflects the situation of Adivasi/tribal peoples across India who are facing human rights violations to their individual and collective rights. Indigenous women are experiencing multiple layers of discrimination and violence not only because they are women, but also because they are indigenous. Thus, this report makes reference primarily to CEDAW but also included ...

PRESS RELEASE: Tribal Women Leaders Unite Against Violence


NEW DELHI: Tribal women leaders from cross cultural and geographical boundaries gathered in the capital to reflect on growing violence against tribal women. In a national Workshop on “The Situation of Tribal Women in India”, held at Indian Social Institute, New Delhi, they discussed on common issues such as discrimination on the basis of their gender and ethnicity, forced displacement, depletion of their natural environment and resources, loss of territories, militarization, maoist violence, trafficking and migration, poverty and denial of socio-cultural rights etc.

Submission of AIPP to UNPFII, International Expert Group Meeting on sexual health and reproductive rights of Indigenous Women in Asia

United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, International Expert Group Meeting: Sexual health and reproductive rights: articles 21, 22 (1), 23 and 24 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Indigenous Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health in Asia  Written by Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) In the light of existing inequities in health care provision that impact negatively on the health of indigenous peoples in general, and indigenous women in particular, a research project was undertaken to look into the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRH) Gaps among Indigenous Peoples in Asia. This study was ...


PRESS RELEASE From The Indigenous Women of CSW57 For immediate release 8th March 2013 – International Women’s Day INDIGENOUS WOMEN UNITE TO SPEAK OUT ABOUT VIOLENCE In New York this week thousands of women from around the world are meeting, along with Member states and non-governmental organizations to discuss the priority theme “the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls” at the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW57). This annual two-week long meeting of the United Nations is one that always attracts a large numbers, but this year’s priority theme ...


FIFTY SEVENTH MEETING OF THE COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN From 4 to 15 March 2013, United Nations, New York DECLARATION OF THE INDIGENOUS WOMEN OF CSW57  Reaffirming the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action Beijing, the Beijing Declaration of Indigenous Women, the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly and declarations adopted by the Commission during the tenth and fifteenth anniversaries of the Fourth World Women, Recalling the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Article 22 paragraph 2, which states that States shall take measures, in conjunction with Indigenous Peoples, to ensure that Indigenous women ...

Indigenous Peoples Organizations celeberate International Women Day


Indigenous Community Support Organization (ICSO) Dear valuable IPNGOs and Partner, I’m pleased to announce that in order to join  for an International Women’s Day Celebration on March 8, 2013​, we, ICSO in cooperation with Radio National Kampuchea (RNK) will jointly organize the radio talk show program live on air through Wat Phnom Radio Station FM 105.75 MHz and Frequent AM 918 KHz in every Thursday from 11:00 AM to 12:00 AM of first and third week of each month (two times per month) under main topic on “Indigenous People Voices”. On Thursday this week, the radio talk show program will ...

Indigenous Women from the Asia-Pacific make their voices heard in Rio+20


AIPP Briefing Note: Voices of Indigenous Women From The Asia-Pacific PUBLIC STATEMENTFor immediate release Indigenous Women from the Asia-Pacific make their voices heard in Rio+2018 June 2012 Ignoring indigenous women in sustainable development initiatives not only violates their rights, but also critically impedes the very planning and implementation of those initiatives, Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) says in its new briefing note.

BANGLADESH: Kalpana and Jumma women’s movement today [16th anniversary of Kalpana’s disappearance]


by Hana Shams Ahmed FEMINIST researcher Bina D’Costa and I were recently discussing a range of obstacles faced by the Jumma [the hill people identify themselves as ‘Jummas’ collectively, which refer to their use of shifting cultivation (Jhum cultivation)] women’s movement as well as all indigenous women’s movement today. D’Costa observed that one of the challenges that confront women’s political activism and rights-based movements is to forge meaningful alliances and re-build linkages with indigenous human rights and women’s groups that the latter could also embrace as their own. Although in recent years a lot of mainstream Bengali women’s rights activists ...