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.

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 ...

[AIPP IN THE NEWS] PHILIPPINES: Sagada demands recognition and documentation of customary land laws

WRITTEN BY: EDITORS ON MAY 27, 2012 NO COMMENT By ALMA B. BAGUIO CITY — Due to the threat of the state’s land-related policies on the traditional concept of land ownership in the municipality of Sagada, Mt Province, a forum-workshop was held entitled “Empowering indigenous peoples on traditional customary institutions” on May 8 this year. It was also a way of re-learning from the community’s experiences of asserting their customary laws on land ownership and settling disputes.

International Women’s Day 2010

In commemoration of the International Women’s Day 2010, Asia Indigenous Peoples’ Pact (AIPP) join with all women of the world in condemning all forms of violence against women and strongly advocate for the protection and promotion of the rights of women from all sectors of the society.  STOP THE VIOLENCE, STOP THE TERROR   I am a peasant woman who tills this land That cannot be mine, That bears crops that do not calm my hunger That buries me deeper in debt, That leaves me with no option but to leave Because I have seen violence and terror from the ...

Joint Statement of indigenous and rural women on Climate Change

Submission to the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change By: Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) Asian Rural Women’s Coalition (ARWC) Asian Peasant Women’s Network (APWN) Asian Indigenous Women’s Network (AIWN) People’s Action on Climate Change (PACC)   We, rural and indigenous women from Asia, the Pacific and other parts of the world, face enormous threats and damage to our lives and rights as a consequence of climate change including the unbridled manner by which measures are being proposed and undertaken to adapt to and mitigate ...

Women against War!

Stop human rights abuse of women, and uphold gender equality and non-discrimination in Sri Lanka We are deeply concerned of the gravity of humanitarian crisis in Sri Lanka, particularly in the north of Sri Lanka which has been reported on by the local and international media, civil society organisations, International Committee of the Red Cross and the UN including by the Secretary general and his senior Humanitarian officer Sir John Holmes despite the denial and control of access of media to the conflict zones by the Sri Lankan government. 

16 Days Activism to End Violence against Women

November 25 ‐ November 29 ‐ December 10, 2008 International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, November 25 International Day of Women Human Rights Defenders, November 29 International Human Rights Day, December 10 Indigenous Women speak out to End Violence against Women 

Training for Indigenous Women Leaders on Decision-Making

A training for indigenous women leaders on decision-making, co-organised by Trinnamul Unnayan Sangstha, the Hill Tracts NGO Forum (HTNF) and Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) was held on August 5-9, 2005 in Ranggamati, Bangladesh. The effort was supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), through the Regional Indigenous Peoples Programme (RIPP) in Bangkok, Thailand.

‘Violence against Indigenous Women in Asia Pacific’

An Asia Pacific Regional NGO Consultation with the  UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, Its Causes and Consequences,  Dr. Yakin Ertürk  and  UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of Indigenous People,  Prof. S. James Anaya  15-16 October 2008  New Delhi, India


Programmes and Recent Projects With the objective of supporting capacity building of indigenous communities, AIPP has been working on a program which comes under three broad divisions. From 2005, these Programs were expanded to a total of seven programmes, namely Advocacy and Networking, Education and Organisation, Research and Information Dissemination, Regional Capacity Building, Strengthening of AIPP, Campaign and Policy Advocacy and Youth Programme.   1.     Advocacy and Networking   Aims at creating space for empowerment. It also aims at providing information on real life experience of local communities on human rights violations by State-sponsored development activities on traditional territories ...