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At CSW61: Angelina Baltazar-Ortiz on the importance of empowering indigenous women to be leaders

21/03/2017

Indigenous women in the Philippines have "many problems," including a lack of recognition of their ancestral land rights, and they need to be empowered in order to stand up for those rights, according to Angelina Baltazar-Ortiz, a human rights advocate and indigenous Mansaka woman from the Compostela Valley in the Philippines.

Ms Baltazar-Ortiz, who is the Program Coordinator of the Indigenous Peoples Education Program, which develops education curriculums and provides training to teachers in indigenous communities, was at UN headquarters for the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61). She spoke to Lucy Dean about the importance of empowering indigenous women to be leaders.