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Key Concerns and Demands PDF Print E-mail
  • The state is not sensitive towards recognition on identity of indigenous women and their rights.
  • Indigenous women face ethnic, linguistic, religious and cultural discrimination as being indigenous peoplesand being indigenous women.
  • Also face gender based discrimination as being women. The traditional knowledge and skills of indigenous women are not given protection and priorities.
  • Indigenous women have also lower access to training and skill development opportunities.
  • The recent conflict has severely affected livelihoods, security, health and education of indigenous women.
  • The conflict has displaced a large number of indigenous women. Indigenous women constitute a big chunk of the total number of women trafficked each year.
  • Indigenous women from many indigenous groups constitute the poorest of the poor in Nepal.
  • Indigenous women are excluded in decision making bodies at all levels and the state is insensitive to make proportional representation at all levels based on caste/ethnicity, gender and region.
  • Respect indigenous women's rights to ancestral land and territories which is the sole basis of livelihoods.
  • Respect indigenous women's rights to self-determination for autonomy on the basis of ethnicity, language and region in a federal system.
  • Recognise customary laws and justice systems.
  • Provide proportional representation of indigenous peoples and indigenous women at all levels.
  • Recognise diversity among women and give equal access, opportunity control and benefits to indigenous women, including by women's rights movement.
  • Disaggregate data by caste/ethnicity, including by GOs, INGOs, NGOs.

Contact Address

National Indigenous Women's Federation (NIWF)
Kathmandu, Nepal.
Tel: 00977-1-4784192
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