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15/01/2018

A collective statement to empower indigenous women from Latin America

Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay and Peru, work on a common front by indigenous communities and to achieve the zero hunger goal.

Wayuu girls in Colombia

Following the forum "Empowering indigenous women to eradicate hunger and malnutrition in Latin America and the Caribbean", which was held in Mexico last week involving 13 countries from the region, a political statement was released declaring that indigenous women, organizations and communities, together with national and local governments, will promote collaborative agenda to encourage empowerment.

During the event, the participants stressed the importance of promoting the integration of an intercultural and gender perspective in regional instruments, thus encouraging the establishment of a Strategy for Indigenous Peoples in the context of the SAN CELAC Plan -that focuses on the role of indigenous women.

In closing the high-level forum, the undersecretary for Rural Development SAGARPA, Mely Romero Celis, pointed out that Mexico has made progress on the issue of indigenous women, and there are many examples of public policy operating in that sense, but she acknowledged that there is much to do yet, concluding that  "we will continue to shed light in that direction in order to keep walking and defining guidelines for the new design of public policies".

The Political Declaration also stated that indigenous women and governments commit to follow up the agreements reached at this forum through a permanent mechanism for dialogue between the two in the context of national, subregional and regional progresses towards the "Zero Hunger" goal.

Meanwhile, governments suggested that indigenous women's organizations should continue to contribute to the eradication of poverty, hunger and all forms of malnutrition using their ancestral knowledge, as well as their commitment with communities and individuals.

Please note that this article was not originally written in this language.
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