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23/01/2018

FAO launches campaign to empower indigenous women

 The main goal is to empower indigenous women leaders and activists to become advocators for human rights, food security and nutrition.

Indigenous woman from Brazil

On January 12 and 13 during the celebration of the High Level Forum Empowering indigenous women to eradicate hunger and malnutrition in Latin America and the Caribbean, FAO launched the advocacy campaign "Make them visible, empower them". This campaign seeks to increase the empowerment of indigenous women through the recognition of their contributions and challenges to the achievement of Zero Hunger and the whole Sustainable Development Agenda.

"Indigenous women have fundamental roles in the spiritual, social and family arenas and are seed guardians - critical carriers of specialized knowledge," said FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva during the forum. In addition, FAO’s leader affirmed that progress in the fight against hunger and extreme poverty depends on the elimination of the "triple discrimination" that indigenous women face.

Although there is broad international consensus on the important role that women play in the eradication of hunger and malnutrition, they face limitations in the exercise of their rights, which impedes their empowerment and visibility. To tackle these barriers the engagement of Governments in elaborating targeted and culturally appropriate public policies is crucial. As such, the objective of the Forum was to develop public policy recommendations to promote the rights of indigenous women, strengthen their decision making and seek ways to reduce the poverty and discrimination gap they face.

Co-organized by FAO and hosted by the Mexican Government, the High Level Forum gathered prominent members of the legislative and executive bodies from more than 12 countries in Latin America (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay and Peru), representatives of indigenous peoples and indigenous women organizations, as well as international organizations.

 
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Photo Credit: Mídia Ninja / Mobilização Nacional Indígena (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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