9 April, 2018

UN and States adopt indigenous women’s proposals on protection of rights and territories

Commission on the Status of Women agreements include recommendations about human rights, sustainable production and ancestral indigenous knowledge.

To protect and promote the rights of indigenous women and girls, addressing the multiple forms of discrimination and violence they face, is one of the recommendations addressed to States as a result of the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women of Women (CSW62), where the indigenous women’s movement participated prominently.

The Commission has recognized the need of ensuring the rights of indigenous and rural women and girls to inclusive quality education, health care, public services, economic development initiatives, decent employment and the use of land and resources. It has also recognized the importance of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

CHIRAPAQ, as an organization with ECOSOC Consultative Status, presented a previous statement to CSW62 with recommendations aimed at creating economic development opportunities for rural indigenous women and girls, protecting indigenous intellectual property over ancestral knowledge, stopping the persecution against defenders of indigenous rights and improve access to information and communication technologies (ICTs) of indigenous women for the full exercise of their rights.

These recommendations were endorsed by the gender authorities of Latin America and the Caribbean in the Declaration of Santo Domingo and finally adopted globally in CSW62.

The following recommendations have been included in CSW62’s agreements as a result of this process:

u. Strengthen sustainable production and consumption patterns, including family farming, respecting and protecting traditional and ancestral knowledge and practices of rural women in particular the preservation, production, use and exchange of endemic and native seeds, and supporting alternatives to the heavy use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides harmful to the health of rural women and girls and their communities;

rrr. Support the important role of civil society actors in promoting and protecting human rights and fundamental freedoms of rural women; take steps to protect them, including women human rights defenders, and to integrate a gender perspective into creating a safe and enabling environment for the defense of human rights and to prevent violations and abuses against them in rural areas, inter alia, threats, harassment and violence, in particular on issues relating to labour rights, environment, land and natural resources; and combat impunity by taking steps to ensure that violations or abuses are promptly and impartially investigated and that those responsible are held accountable;

ppp. Develop and implement policies and strategies that promote rural women’s and girls’ participation in and access to the media and information and communications technologies (ICTs), including by increasing their digital literacy and access to information;