Indigenous peoples

Global Campaign for the Empowerment of Indigenous Women for Zero Hunger

There are approximately 185 million indigenous women in the world, belonging to more than 5 000 different indigenous peoples. Despite the broad international consensus about the important role indigenous women play in eradicating hunger and malnutrition. There are still limitations in the recognition and exercise of their rights.

The empowerment of indigenous women is not only a central issue but also a necessary condition to eradicate hunger and malnutrition in the world. For this reason, it is fundamental to raise awareness on the contributions that indigenous women make towards the achievement of Zero Hunger and to engage all stakeholders in eliminating the barriers that prevent indigenous women from enjoying their rights fully.

The 2030 Agenda and its stand-alone goal on gender equality, Goal 5, represent a unique opportunity to advance the rights of indigenous women and address many of the challenges they currently face. 

Under the leadership of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and with the collaboration of the International Indigenous Women Forum (FIMI/IIWF) and the News Agency of Indigenous and Afro-descendent Women (NOTIMIA), this global campaign aims at making indigenous women’s challenges and contributions visible as a necessary step to “leave no one behind” in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Agenda.  

Take action!

The Global Campaign for the Empowerment of Indigenous Women for Zero Hunger is an unprecedented opportunity to make indigenous women's contributions and challenges in the path to reach the Zero Hunger and the Sustainable Development Objectives visible.

You do not need to be a large organization or have a big budget to engage in outreach activities. Below are just a few ideas to get you thinking about appropriate outreach alternatives for your organization.


Support the Violet chair Initiative!

The #VioletChair represents the place of indigenous women in decision-making processes. 

The initiative of the violet chair is a call to authorities, organizations, the international community, academia and civil society to guarantee the full and effective participation of indigenous women in decision-making processes that affect them and their communities, and to make them visible.

Support this initiative!

Use a violet chair in presidiums, round tables, panel discussions, and any other dialogue space, where there is an indigenous woman participating and raising her voice on behalf of indigenous women. The chair can be decorated with indigenous textiles, symbols or handicrafts in violet tones.

Take a selfie with the violet chair, share it on social media and send it to [email protected]!

Share your data

The call for action “Share your data!” is being promoted to bring together international organizations, universities, academia, research centres and other relevant institutions to create a repository of data about indigenous women and food security.

Help us creating a repository containing all the scarce and scattered data and research that has been already done on the topic. 

Reach out to us at [email protected]

Send any data or research you already have about indigenous women

Send us your photo and be part of our Supporter's Gallery!



Indigenous women are key allies in the fight against hunger and malnutrition. Recognizing and making their social and economic role visible is fundamental to achieve food security.

Indigenous women are food producers, guardians of native seeds and custodians of traditional knowledge. With their sustainable livelihoods, indigenous women contribute to the achievement of Zero Hunger. 

Empowering indigenous women is the answer to poverty reduction. Through their empowerment, indigenous women are leading social and economic changes that foster sustainable development in accord with their own cultures and identities. 

Even when facing triple discrimination because of being women, indigenous and poor, indigenous women have demonstrated their leadership and capacities to be agents of change for dignified lives.

Indigenous women are defenders of natural resources, lands and territories. They hold an intimate connection with the territories they inhabit and consider themselves the first guardians of mother earth. As such they are leading the protection of indigenous territories worldwide. 

Integrating the gender and indigenous peoples’ dimension in public policy is fundamental to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. In order to leave no one behind in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, the needs and challenges of indigenous women must be reflected in policies for rural development and poverty reduction, and count with their full and effective participation.

Participating organizations