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.

Call for stories to be published on HerStory4

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), through ‘HerStory Series’ has been rejoicing the successes and disseminating the aspirations of Indigenous Women change makers across the Asia.  In 2019, AIPP plans to mark and celebrate International Women’s Day ‘8 March’. The theme for International Women’s Day this year is ‘Better the balance. Better the World (#BalanceforBetter)’. AIPP will maintain its legacy and contribute ‘#BalanceforBetter’ through documenting and disseminating changes, struggles and achievements of Indigenous Women change maker. Hence, AIPP plans to publish ‘HerStory 4’; the fourth in a series of book-length collections of personal essays and stories from Indigenous Women or Indigenous ...

Role and contribution of indigenous women in water management: Case study of Cambodia and Vietnam

During recent decades the forest covered upland territories in Mekong sub-region have become the target of both state and private forms of exploitation. The rush to extract resources from forests, land, water and soil has impoverished Indigenous Peoples, endangered their livelihoods and their cultural and spiritual lives, harmed their well being and impaired their development. Confronted with commercial farming and large plantations, logging and extractive industries, large infrastructure projects such as hydropower dams or new transportation axes, often accompanied a massive influx of non-indigenous settlers and/or massive community displacement, indigenous groups are struggling all over the sub-region to assert their ...

The 5th Annual Indigenous Women’s Regional Exchange concluded

The 5th Annual Indigenous Women’s Regional Exchange Visit organized by Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) together with Cambodia Indigenous Peoples Organization (CIPO) and High Landers Association (HA) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia has been completed. This four days exchange visit from 16 to 19 December 2018 was supported by NORAD, Tamalpais and IWGIA. All together 40 indigenous women representing 16 Indigenous Women and Indigenous Peoples’ Organization from 10 Asian Countries and Denmark participated in this regional platform. They exchanged their experiences and learning on their roles, issues, challenges and opportunities on four specific themes namely leadership, engagement in broader IP’s movement ...

Photo contest “Indigenous women and food security in Asia”

I. Objective: The contest has the objective of making visible the contributions and challenges of indigenous women for food security and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal 2: Zero Hunger. This contest is featured under the framework of the Global Campaign for the Empowerment of Indigenous Women for Zero Hunger, launched with the support of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Indigenous Women Forum (FIMI) and the News Agency of Indigenous and Afro-descendent Women (NOTIMIA). II. Contest Rules a. Participants All indigenous women of Asia can participate ...

AIPP and Members’ Statement on the International Day of Rural Women

This October 15, we, the indigenous women of Asia, are celebrating the International Day of Rural Women by acknowledging our important role in the elimination of global hunger and malnutrition, and in meeting the goals for gender equality, sustainability of water, energy, human settlements, consumption and production, life on land and partnerships as set out by Agenda 2030. We, indigenous women in Asia, are estimated to be around 130 million and most of us reside in rural areas where we are the caretakers of our traditional lands. Indigenous women are the primary caretakers and providers of diverse and nutritious foods ...

Written statement by the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) and Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) to the Commission on the Status of Women’s 63rd Session

Introduction This written statement is submitted by the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) and Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) to the Commission on the Status of Women’s 63rd Session, in line with the communications submission procedure. We respectfully acknowledge the upcoming priority theme of Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls and commend the commission’s work towards ensuring a sustainable and just future for women and girls everywhere. Despite progress in some areas of the Sustainable Development Agenda, and given the worsening conditions for human ...

Indonesia: First woman to lead world’s largest indigenous peoples alliance

20 March 2017 / Philip Jacobson Rukka Sombolinggi’s selection as next secretary general of the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago brought to a close the organization’s fifth congress on Sunday. Sombolinggi is a Torajan woman from Sulawesi island with a long history in the indigenous rights movement. AMAN’s next congress will be held in Papua in 2022. TANJUNG GUSTA, Indonesia — Rukka Sombolinggi was selected as secretary general of the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN) on Sunday, becoming the organization’s first female leader since its founding in 1999, the year after Indonesia became a democracy. The closing day of ...

Myanmar: U.S. Embassy in Burma recognizes women environmental leaders in Myanmar

By Mekong Partnership for the Environment Yangon, Myanmar, March 17, 2017 For the inaugural Women of Change Award, the U.S. Embassy in Burma has selected two women who are fighting to ensure communities have a voice in development. Naw Ei Ei Min and Yi Yi Cho are among six women selected to receive this award recognizing outstanding women in Myanmar who have made significant impacts and lasting contributions to their communities. The two women are representatives for Myanmar on the Regional Technical Working Group on EIA, a group of regional civil society and government experts working to improve public participation in infrastructure development. ...

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 ...