This briefing paper by Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) highlights some of the key and common challenges faced by indigenous women in Southeast Asia in relation to their collective rights to land, territories and resources, such as a) continuing loss of lands, territories and resources due to the establishment of conservation areas, commercial exploitation, land grabbing, forced eviction and displacement from ancestral lands, b) the non-implementation of constitutional, legislative and policy provisions concerning indigenous women’s rights as well as c) political repression, militarization, persecution and extra judicial killings of indigenous land rights activists.
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Upscale the Recognition of Land Rights of Indigenous Peoples as Key to Forest-Based Solutions to Climate Change
For Immediate Release
21 March 2015
Forest is the lifeline and cultural heritage of more than 100 million indigenous peoples in Asia. According to the World Bank Study “The Role of Indigenous Peoples in Biodiversity Conservation: the Natural but Often Forgotten Partners” traditional indigenous territories encompass up to 22 percent of the world’s land surface and they coincide with areas that hold 80% of the planet’s biodiversity. This is the result of indigenous peoples’ historical stewardship and practice of low carbon and sustainable management of forests as their territory. However, the legal recognition of indigenous peoples as distinct from the majority of the population, and the entitlement to collective rights to their lands, territories and resources under international human rights standards continue to be denied by many states. Massive logging, expansion of palm oil plantations and wide-scale mono cropping, conversion of forestlands to commercial and destructive projects still prevail. These are taking place inspite of the serious problem of global carbon emission (around 20% of the total) arising from the deforestation and forest degradation, which are major causes of climate change.
This briefing paper highlights the specific conditions of indigenous women, who comprise a major segment of indigenous communities where development projects are being implemented in India, Indonesia, and Cambodia. In the midst of restiveness against corporate take-over of their lands, territories and resources, the indigenous peoples, particularly indigenous women, are grappling with the consequences of their resistance and finding means to forward the advocacy of the recognition and protection of their rights and welfare. The oft-repeated phrase “Land is life” never rang truer or louder than today among indigenous women, who have traditionally been bearers and keepers of seeds and that translate to food security of their communities. Indigenous women are mainly the bearers of traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples in relation to the use, conservation and sustainable management of their natural resources, as well as on certain traditional skills in relation to the livelihoods and traditional occupations of indigenous peoples, such as shifting cultivation/ rotational agriculture, gathering of non-timber forest products among others.
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This book represents an important step towards addressing the issues and challenges which have been observed by the Working Group (UN Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises) in relation to access to remedy at this nexus between the role of the State, the responsibility of corporations and the situation to remedy under the Working Group’s mandate, and the fundamental importance to indigenous peoples of redress for corporate related impacts on their rights.
Press release: Winners of Indigenous Voices in Asia (IVA) Awards announced on International Women Day
INDIGENOUS VOICES IN ASIA AWARD, 2015
Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact Foundation (AIPP) Announces the Winners for the 2015 Indigenous Voices in Asia (IVA) Regional Award
March 8th- on the occasion of the International Women’s Day, the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact – AIPP is pleased to announce the two winners of the 2015 Indigenous Voices in Asia (IVA) Award. The theme of the award is, "Issues and concerns of indigenous women in Asia in relation to the post 2015 sustainable development agenda". This Award is initiated by the AIPP to encourage wider multimedia attention to indigenous peoples. Media experts and indigenous activists from Asia conducted the selection process of the award winners.
- Briefing Paper on the Rights of Indigenous Women to their Lands, Territories and Resources in Asia
- AIPP Press Statement on the Occasion of the International Day of Forests, 21 March 2015
- Briefing Paper: The Impacts of Land Dispossession on Indigenous Women
- Business and Human Rights: Indigenous Peoples' Experiences with Access to Remedy
- Gender Manual: Good Practices and Lessons Learnt by an Indigenous Peoples Organization
- Press release: Winners of Indigenous Voices in Asia (IVA) Awards announced on International Women Day
- Threatened Lands, Threatened Lives