[New Comic book] The right to Self-determination and Development of Indigenous Peoples

Synopsis of the Comic Book

The world is becoming crowded, and there is a scramble for resources in the name of  "sustainable development”. Pressure is being put upon indigenous peoples and on their land and resources that they have inherited from their ancestors and are obliged to pass it on to the next generation for their collective survival. This comic provides a simplified overview of the problems faced by indigenous peoples, their rights and their contributions to sustainable development based on their distinct lifestyles and values. 

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Paper on Indigenous Women and Climate Change

Out of the approximate 370 million of the total indigenous peoples in the world, 185 million are estimated to be women. Indigenous peoples are disproportionately suffering from a multi-fold of discrimination and oppression based on their ethnicity, location and economic status; rendering them part of the poorest of the poor, most politically disempowered and culturally and socially discriminated. In addition to this, indigenous women are suffering from triple discrimination; for being women, being indigenous and as indigenous women and are, subsequently, obstructed from exercising their rights.

Read more: Paper on Indigenous Women and Climate Change

Overview of the State of Indigenous Peoples in Asia

Two-thirds of the approximate 370 million self-identified indigenous peoples are in Asia, enriching the region’s enormous cultural and linguistic diversity. They have strong cultural attachment to and livelihood dependence on land, forests and waters, and the natural resources therein. They have unique collective historical connections with, and ownership of their territories that have continuously been developed and maintained through complex and diverse customary land and resource use management systems that are repositories of tangible and intangible wealth.

There are different names, that governments and others use to refer to indigenous peoples collectively – like “ethnic minorities”, “hill tribes”, “tribal people”, “highland people”, “aboriginal people”, “native people”. Some of these terms are not appreciated by many indigenous peoples, since they often imply notions of cultural inferiority, “primitiveness” or “backwardness”.

Download this file (asia ip overview final_Low res.pdf)State_of_IP_Asia[ ]536 kB

Info Poster on Indigenous Women's Rights

This info poster on Indigenous Women's Rights contains the rights of IP Women enshrined in UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)

Download this file (IPs Women Rights.pdf)Info Poster on IP Women Rights[ ]1967 kB

Research on the Roles and Contributions of Indigenous Women in Sustainable Forest Management in Mekong Countries

International standards including the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and recent climate change agreements recognize the important role of indigenous peoples’ traditional knowledge, systems and practices in the sustainable management of natural resources and biodiversity conservation. Yet, indigenous women’s role and contribution to sustainable forest management is often overlooked, thus the need to document good practices of indigenous women as well as the challenges they face in their role as managers of forest natural resources.


Download this file (AIPP_Myanmar_23April,2014.pdf)Burmese_Case_Study[ ]2887 kB
Download this file (Cambodia Report in Khmer Version - update as of june 2014.pdf)Khmer_Case_Study[ ]1694 kB
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