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The Indigenous Women's Roles and Contributions in the Sustainable Management of Healthy Forests: RECOGNIZE, RESPECT and ENHANCE

INDIGENOUS WOMEN, TRADITIONAL LIVELIHOODS AND FOOD SECURITY

  • Indigenous peoples' territories are home to 80% of the world's biodiversity and cover up to 22% of the world's land surface.
  • More than 100 million indigenous peoples in Asia depend on forests and other natural resources for their livelihoods, cultural practices and overall wellbeing
  • Indigenous women are the repository of indigenous knowledge on seeds, crop varieties, medicinal plants, culturally important trees, wild crops and harvesting seasons.
  • Indigenous women are the key actors in shifting cultivation/rotational agriculture and contribute to the food security and wellbeing of millions of people.
  • Indigenous women deeply value and sustainably manage and monitor healthy forests.

ISSUES AND CONCERNS OF INDIGENOUS WOMEN

  • Indigenous women are disproportionately affected by the impacts of climate change, monocrop plantations, mining, national parks and conservation areas.
  • Indigenous women remain invisible and marginalized in the development and decision making process related to forest conservation.

RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS WOMEN

  • Indigenous peoples including indigenous women have the right to the lands, territories and resources, which they have traditionally owned, occupied or otherwise used or acquired. (Article 26- UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples-UNDRIP)
  • State shall respect, protect and promote indigenous women's knowledge, innovations and practices that relate to traditional medicine, biodiversity and indigenous technologies. (The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action)
  • Stall shall take all appropriate measures to ensure that women and men have equal rights to participate in politics and public affairs, and to represent their communities and countries (Articles 7,8 The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women-CEDAW)

 

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