By BAI Indigenous Women Network in the Philippines
New York City – The BAI Indigenous Women Network in the Philippines joined the global indigenous campaign “Indigenous Lands in Indigenous Hands” by tracing their hand onto a mural and identifying issues faced by indigenous women in the Philippines. Among the key issues identified by BAI were large scale and destructive mining, energy projects, agribusinesses, militarization and repression, different grave human rights violations against indigenous peoples and the inutility and treachery of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP).
“These are threat to our existence and directly violate our collective rights to ancestral lands and self-determination,” says Norma Capuyan, an indigenous woman leader of the Bagobo Tagabawa people in Southern Philippines. The launching of the said campaign was attended by at least 40 indigenous peoples and advocates for indigenous peoples’ rights coming from the regions of Asia, Pacific, Europe, Africa, Northern America and Latin America.
The Indigenous Lands in Indigenous Hands is a slogan and an advocacy campaign led by the Asia Pacific Indigenous Youth Network which encourage all indigenous youth worldwide and advocates of indigenous peoples’ issues to unite in defending the remaining natural resources and in reclaiming their right to self-determination.###
Reference: Lea Fullon,Public Information Officer, Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP)