Fifteen years after its establishment, and three years after its second conference, this 3rd Conference aims to review and assess how far has the AIWN achieved its vision of “supporting, sustaining and helping consolidate the various efforts of indigenous women in Asia to critically understand the roots of their marginalized situation and to empower themselves by becoming aware of their rights as indigenous women and as indigenous peoples and by developing their own organizations or structures for empowerment”. The assessment will be done in two levels – first at the member organization level and second at the network level.
An important part of the conference will be a strategic planning session to come up with practical recommendations to facilitate the institutional strengthening of the AIWN as well as to strengthen its global work and linkages with other indigenous women’s organizations and networks.
The second part of the conference is a capacity development activity on climate change – a phenomenon that needs to be addressed globally. Indigenous women have been relatively left behind in the discussions and processes relevant to this, including that on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+).
The Global Seminar-Workshop on Indigenous Women, Climate Change and REDD+ that follows on 18-19 November provides a space for the AIWN and other indigenous women from other continents to come together, discuss and sharpen their capacities to be able to engage in the different processes and levels of discussions on climate change and REDD+ including its intersections to other areas of concern like land, biodiversity, human security and gender violence among others.