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 and human right defenders, traditional knowledge, innovation and practices in livelihood, climate change and biodiversity conservation.

The event concluded that the participating countries have similar Indigenous women issues (but not limited to) like violation of land rights, violence against women, human trafficking, climate change, limited access to resources (natural and human), disappearing traditional knowledge and livelihoods, limited evidences, researches and data, limited individual and organizational capacity cross the countries. Hence, they stressed the immense need of regional platform to capacitate, network strengthening and advocacy for Indigenous women issues.

“It was really productive and very fruitful for everyone, learning from each other’s experience and struggle. It has enlightened all participants including me.”

Yasso Kanti Bhattachan, Nepal

“We should raise voice together on violence against women, climate change issues and land issues on indigenous peoples.”

Chanchana Chakma, Bangladesh

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