Background and Objectives
Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, attacks against Indigenous Peoples have intensified in several countries as governments and businesses continue with their control and exploitation of lands and resources. Indigenous women are targeted for leading their organizations and communities in defending their lands and resources, and their individual and collective rights as Indigenous Peoples. The attacks against indigenous women have profound impacts and consequences based on their gender-specific conditions and roles.
In commemoration of the International Women’s Day on March 8, IPRI, together with FIMI, IWGIA and LRN, organize a webinar that intends to highlight the courage of indigenous women in the overall struggle of Indigenous Peoples. This serves as a platform for frontline indigenous women at risk to tell their stories and discuss what the international community can do in solidarity with indigenous women and Indigenous Peoples.
This event features four indigenous women at risk from different regions. They will share their stories in a conversational format with the moderator. It will be followed by brief responses from representatives from the UN system, the government, and advocate organizations. After the brief presentations, there will be an interactive discussion on how to strengthen solidarity and actions to support indigenous women who are at the frontline of Indigenous Peoples’ struggle for land, rights, and dignity.
The IPRI and LRN will also run a series of stories that feature indigenous land rights defenders at risk participating in this webinar and other indigenous women from March 8 to 12, as part of the commemoration of the International Women’s Day. This series will be available on the social media platforms of IPRI, LRN, and their partners.