Declaration of the 4th Conference of the Asia Indigenous Women’s Network (AIWN) Bangkok, Thailand

Indigenous Women Matter : Resilience, Governance and Sustainable Development Declaration of the 4th Conference of the Asia Indigenous Women’s Network Bangkok, Thailand, 6-8 October 2018.

WE ARE INDIGENOUS WOMEN Kankanaey-Igorot, Boro, Lisu, Karen, Kachin, Chin, Mandaya, Mansaka, Dumagat, Tripura, Papora, Marma, Rakhain, Bunong, Shan, Mon, Kreung, Sumi, Naga, Oraon, Kharia, Minahasa, Taluk, Dayak, Krio, Kanayatn, Semoa Beri, Hmong, Semai, Iban, Dusun Kimaragang, Thakali, Lhomi, Thanu, Newar, Gurung, Tai, Pinuyumayan, Munda, Kalinga and Kalimantan women from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Cambodia, Thailand, Lao PDR, Vietnam, Burma, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan and the Philippines.

We have gathered at the Prince Palace Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand on October 6-8, 2018 for the 4th Asia Indigenous Women’s Network with the theme Indigenous Women Matter: Resilience, Governance and Sustainable Development, and affirm the Lima Declaration of the World Conference of Indigenous Women.

We hereby “assert our right to self-determination, which encompasses the direct, full and effective participation of Indigenous Peoples and the vital role of Indigenous women in all matters related to our human rights, political status, and well-being.”

In the the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), there should be nothing about us, without us! Agenda 21 to Agenda 2030 : Continuing impacts of historical discrimination It has been 23 years since the 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing where indigenous women from all over the globe met for the first time to share their situation, unite on analyses and build solidarity for support and action. The multiple oppression and multidimensional discrimination identified as shared experience among these women still persist until this day despite international commitments for the respect, protection and fulfilment of women and indigenous peoples rights, including the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples ( UNDRIP) adopted in 2007, Agenda 21 and the Millennium Development Goals, and now the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

We acknowledge the progress in the recognition of indigenous peoples’
rights and women’s equal rights and the succeeding initiatives of
transformative partnership with indigenous peoples. However, complex
challenges remain as economic interests and power prevail over saving the
planet for the future generation. Most Asian countries have adopted the
UNDRIP, but a lot of work have yet to be done to make this a reality at the
national level, including repealing contradictory laws especially those
relating to indigenous peoples’ lands and self-determination. In the
meantime, despite international commitments to combat the climate crisis,
it is business as usual in Asia where the remaining robust resources in
indigenous territories are targeted by extractive industries, tourism,
hydropower dams, industrial and agricultural corporations, including
conservation initiatives.

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