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|GENDER AND INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE |
Compiled by Esther Catherine C. Velasco
International Institute of Rural Reconstruction, Silang, Cavite, Philippines.
The following examples are suggestions for themes to explore when recording information
regarding gender differentiation in indigenous systems -- biodiversity and conservation,
and livestock care and production. These guide questions can be modified to explore other
topics such as agriculture, land management, and community health.
|RECORDING AND USING INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE: A MANUAL |
This work was carried out with the aid of a grant from the International Development
Research Centre, Ottawa, Canada and the Heifer Project International, Arkansas, U.S.AIIRR.
1996. International Institute of Rural Reconstruction, Silang, Cavite, Philippines.
Printed in the Philippines. ISBN 0-942717-70-8
|DRAFT UNITED NATIONS DECLARATION ON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES|
The Declaration sets out the rights of indigenous peoples. The language of 'peoples' is
important. Indigenous peoples do not want to be treated simply as numerical 'populations'.
They want recognition of their rights as distinct peoples, including the right to
self-determination, and the right to control development of their societies.
|COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS |
Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Item 7 of the provisional agenda
By its decision 1997/114 of 13 April 1997, the Commission on Human Rights, at its
fifty-third session, taking note of resolution 1996/38 of 29 August 1996 of the
Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities approved the
appointment of Mrs. Erica-Irene Daes as Special Rapporteur to prepare a working paper on
indigenous people and their relationship to land with a view to suggesting practical
measures to address ongoing problems in this regard. The present preliminary working paper
will form the foundation for and the framework of a more comprehensive final working
paper. The working paper intends to elaborate upon the problems which exist regarding
indigenous land issues, with a view to contributing to increased understanding between
indigenous peoples and States concerning indigenous land issues, providing assistance for
their just solution, and facilitating the further elaboration of the provisions relevant
to land rights contained in the draft United Nations declaration on the rights of
indigenous peoples (Sub-Commission resolution 1994/45, annex).
|BEIJING DECLARATION OF INDIGENOUS WOMEN|
(Third World Resurgence No. 61/62, Sept/Oct 1995)
Third World Network
One of the most active and effective groups at the Women's NGO Forum were the indigenous
women. They issued a Beijing Declaration of Indigenous Women which comprehensively sets
out the major global and national causes of their plight. The Declaration, signed by 118
indigenous groups from 27 Southern and Northern countries can be accessed at the following
20 January 1998
|BIOPIRACY AND INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE PROJECT|
RAFI, the Rural Advancement Foundation International, continued to cooperate with
indigenous peoples' organizations in '95/96, especially in their search for mechanisms to
protect the knowledge and resources of indigenous communities from the increasingly global
grasp of intellectual property regimes. RAFI worked with indigenous people and NGOs to
oppose patents on living organisms, starkly illustrated by ground-breaking RAFI research
on human patenting. Faced with the alarming trend in this direction, RAFI launched a three
year strategy to bring the issue of life patenting to the International Court of Justice
(World Court) in the Hague.
INTERNATIONAL INDIAN TREATY COUNCIL (IITC) at http://www.treatycouncil.org/
INUIT CIRCUMPOLAR CONFERENCE, at http://www.inusiaat.com/
RAINFOREST ACTION NETWORK, at http://www.igc.apc.org/ran/intro.html
RETHINKING TOURISM PROJECT. Protecting &
Preserving Indigenous Lands and Cultures. at
RTProject, PO Box 581938, Minneapolis, MN 55458-1938 USA, Saint Paul, MN Office Phone/Fax:
651-644-9984, Email: RTProject@aol.com,