Maribeth Bugtong

Maribeth Bugtong

Ms Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, the convenor of the Asian Indigenous Women’s Network and the current UNSRIP has shared her message in the celebration of the International Day of Women via her Facebook account:  

While we celebrate International Women’s Day, we should not forget the missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada and the US and the rest of the world, the disproportionate number of incarcerated indigenous women in New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the US, and the trafficked indigenous women and girls in many countries. We also remember indigenous women who have been forcibly displaced from their traditional territories because of extractive industries, agribusiness expansion, mega-infrastructure projects and militarization. We think of those who have been killed and who are victims of domestic violence and those who have been raped and never saw justice come their way. We think of indigenous women who are suffering from environmental degradation because of the operations of extractive industries and agribusinesses. We think of those who have been criminalized.”

“Let us work together to stop all these and to support the efforts of indigenous women to empower themselves and communities. The big source of hope for the world today is seeing scores of indigenous women becoming empowered individually and collectively, who are asserting their rights and claiming these in the best ways they can. We are seeing more indigenous women strengthening not just themselves but their communities as well. We see them trying their best to adapt to climate change and contribute to climate change mitigation using their traditional knowledge and innovating new ways. We see them trying to address the violence in their communities and homes and addressing conflicts. This International Women’s Day should be celebrated by knowing more about women’s situations and acknowledging and supporting further their efforts to make this world respect, protect and fulfill indigenous women’s collective and individual human rights. We celebrate by committing to do more in terms of practicing, spreading and transmitting the values of solidarity, reciprocity, living in harmony with nature, human rights and sustainability and fighting against racism and discrimination and all forms of human rights violations including violence against women, girls and nature. HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY! MORE POWER TO INDIGENOUS WOMEN AND TO ALL WOMEN.”


UNPFII18 (2019)

22 April 2019, 5:58 am

18th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII)

Date: 22 April – 3 May 2019

Location: United Nations Headquarters, New York

Theme: “Traditional knowledge: Generation, transmission and protection”


Regional dialogues will be held during the second week of the session.

Indigenous Peoples, States, UN entities, and National Human Rights Institutions are invited to participate.


Requests to hold a side event are open until March 15.

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11 March 2019, 2:54 am


    Priority theme: Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls

    Review theme: Women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development (agreed conclusions of the sixtieth session)

Date: 11 to 22 March 2019

Venue: United Nations Headquarters, New York, USA

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CSW62 Registration Extended

24 January 2018, 6:30 am

Registration for the 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62) is extended to February 3, 2018, online. Representatives of NGOs in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) can register.

For more details, visit

CSW62 (2018)

12 March 2018, 8:20 am

12 to 23 March 2018

United Nations Headquarters in New York


  • Priority theme:
    Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls;
  • Review theme:
    Participation in and access of women to the media, and information and communications technologies and their impact on and use as an instrument for the advancement and empowerment of women (agreed conclusions of the forty-seventh session);

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16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

25 November 2017, 2:27 am

25 November to 10 December 2017

Theme: Leave No One Behind: End Violence against Women and Girls

More details at

EMRIP10 (2017)

10 July 2017, 2:28 am

Dates: 10-14 July 2017

Venue: Geneva, Switzerland

For more details of the session, please visit the OHCHR website.

Indigenous women are visible in the CSW61 agreed conclusions

29 March 2017, 2:00 am

Indigenous women are visible in the outcome document of the recent 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women which happened on 13-24 March in New York.

In the Agreed Conclusions, there are two particular provisions for indigenous women:

34. The Commission recognizes that the economic empowerment, inclusion and development of indigenous women, including through the establishment of indigenous-owned businesses, can enable them to improve their social, cultural and civil and political engagement, achieve greater economic independence and build more sustainable and resilient communities, and noting the contribution of indigenous peoples to the broader economy.

Implementing empowerment

gg. Take measures to promote the economic empowerment of indigenous women including by ensuring access to quality and inclusive education and meaningful participation in the economy by addressing multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination they face and barriers, including violence, and promote their participation in relevant decision-making processes at all levels and in all areas, and respecting and protecting their traditional and ancestral knowledge, and noting the importance of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, for indigenous women and girls;

For many years up to present, indigenous women have been attending CSW sessions advocating for the promotion of the right of indigenous women and girls. They have been holding dialogues with UN and government representatives to advance the human rights of indigenous women and girls and side events to highlight the contexts, experiences and demands of indigenous women and girls around the world.

You may check the official document at

UNPFII16 (2017)

24 April 2017, 6:25 am

24 April - 5 May 2017

UN Headquarters, New York

Theme: “Tenth Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: measures taken to implement the Declaration”

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