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.


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 ...

[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