The Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples issued a call for submission to States, indigenous peoples, NHRIs and other stakeholders to contribute to its study on “Right to Land under the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: A Human Rights focus”.

The Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law, and Development and its members and partners’ submission draws upon the collaborative work of the submitting organisations through Feminist Participatory Action Research on Women’s Land Rights (Land FPAR), particularly highlighting the stories and analysis of indigenous women from Nagaland (India), Nepal, Philippines, Burma/Myanmar and Cambodia in relation to their land rights.

Particularly for indigenous women, Land FPAR partner in Nagaland is working on increasing women’s political participation at the village level. Meanwhile, indigenous women groups in Nepal, Philippines and Cambodia are struggling against land grabbing and evictions from their territories for extractive industries including big hydropower projects. Last but not least, Tavoyan Women’s Union of Burma/Myanmar is advocating for the rights of Dawei indigenous women over their territories against the ongoing Special Economic Zone project in Dawei region.

Please click here to download a copy of the submission.