Siyanda Update: Gender and Indigenous People, Issue No. 69, September 2008

Siyanda Update: Gender and Indigenous People, Issue No. 69, September 2008

Publisher: BRIDGE
Publication Date: Sep 2008


In This Issue:

I. Quick Guide: Gender and Indigenous People
II. Country Focus: New Zealand
III. Experts' and Consultants' Database: a selection of published work from Siyanda Experts on gender and indigenous people
IV. Other New Resources in Siyanda: including a case study about informal workers in Palestine, a gender analysis of the 2008/09 Ugandan budget speech, and research on how female Rwandan politicians have promoted children's rights in Parliament
V. Contribute section: share news, resources, opportunities and perspectives

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I. Quick Guide: Gender and Indigenous People
Indigenous women often face discrimination in many forms, including on the basis of gender and ethnicity. How can we ensure their rights are protected? The following resources are from a selection which have been summarised and included in the Siyanda database:

- Website: International Indigenous Women’s Forum (in English and Spanish), January 2008
The International Indigenous Women's Forum (FIMI) is a network of indigenous women leaders from Asia, Africa and the Americas, whose purpose is to strengthen indigenous women's networks, increase their participation and visibility in the international arena and build capacity.

- Indigenous Women and Violence (in English and French), Quebec Native Women Inc, January 2008
This report, presented to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women in January 2008, considers why levels of abuse are so high among indigenous women in Canada, providing some historical background.

- Gender Dimensions of Intellectual Property and Traditional Medicinal Knowledge, The International Working Group on Gender, Macroeconomics and International Economics (GEM-IWG), July 2007
Trade in medicinal and aromatic plants is big business. How can Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) protect female practitioners of Traditional Medicinal Knowledge (TMK)?

- Grandmothers Promote Maternal and Child Health: the Role of Indigenous Knowledge Systems' Managers (in English and French), The Grandmother Project, February 2006
This briefing note on older women as indigenous knowledge (IK) systems managers outlines the rationale and expected outcomes of development interventions that incorporate grandmothers and senior women.

- Gender, Minorities and Indigenous Peoples (in English and French), Minority Rights Group, August 2004
This report looks at how national and human rights laws can be used to advocate for the rights of minority and indigenous women.

- A Guide to Indigenous Women’s Rights under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (in English, French and Spanish), Forest Peoples Programme, January 2004
This practical guide explores the procedures by which indigenous women can use the CEDAW to hold states accountable for human rights violations.

You can find additional resources on gender and indigenous people in Siyanda at:

Social Protection will be the next Quick Guide theme, in October 2008. Users are invited to suggest resources on this topic for possible inclusion in the database:

Please also visit the archive section to view past Quick Guide themes:

II. Country Focus: New Zealand

- Report of the Prostitution Law Review Committee on the Operation of the Prostitution Reform Act 2003, New Zealand Ministry of Justice, May 2008
This report evaluates the impact of the New Zealand Prostitution Reform Act of 2003. Its findings appear to confirm the positive impacts of decriminalisation on sex workers' rights and safety.

- 2008-2011: Statement of Intent of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Ministry of Women’s Affairs, New Zealand, May 2008
This 'statement of intent' outlines how the New Zealand Ministry of Women's Affairs will deliver on its three core priorities for women - of promoting economic sustainability, work-life balance and women's well-being.

- New Zealand Census of Women’s Participation 2008, Human Rights Commission, January 2008
This New Zealand Census of Women's Participation 2008 provides data on women's participation in public and professional life, including women's representation and status in politics, the judiciary, universities, media, sport, and the trade union movement. It also provides data on the gender composition of the boards of private companies.

- Māori Women in Aotearoa - a Report for The Ministry of Women’s Affairs Analysing Data from ‘Best Outcomes For Māori – Te Hoe Nuku Roa’, New Zealand The Ministry of Women’s Affairs, May 2006
This report analyses survey data on Māori women in New Zealand in relation to employment, education and cultural identity.

- Framework for the Future - Equal Employment Opportunities in New Zealand, The University of Auckland, June 2004
This report provides a broad overview of the status of Equal Employment Opportunity provisions across public and private sectors, and provides an international comparison of legislation, policy and practices.

You can find other resources in Siyanda about New Zealand at:

Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland will be the next Country Focus, in October 2008. Users are invited to suggest resources on this country for possible inclusion in the database:

Please also visit the Country Focus archive section:

III. Resources from the Experts' and Consultants' Database: A selection of published work from Siyanda Experts on gender and indigenous people.
The Experts' and Consultants' Database contains names, contact details and areas of expertise of people working on gender specific issues worldwide, and includes some of their publications. The following resources have been selected from experts who have an interest in gender and indigenous people:

- Dynamics of Changing Gender Relation among the Lahawiyin Pastoral Community, Khalid, T., 2005
- Gender and Ethnicity in the Andes from the Perspective of Aymara Women from Puno, Peru (in Spanish), Meentzen, A., 2005
- The Rain God is Angry about the WTO. Indigenous Peoples and the Use of their Symbols during the Activities against Neoliberal Economic Globalisation (in Spanish), Kalny, E., 2004
- Video: Fighting for Survival - The Pastoralist Land Rights Movement in Northern Tanzania, War, E., 2000
- Indigenous Ukpiovwin Women and the Challenge of Development, Evwierhoma, M., 1998

For further details on these publications, copy and paste or type the author's last name into either the Name or Search Words field on the Experts' and Consultants' search page:

The Siyanda Gender Experts' and Consultants' Database, with over 1,300 profiles, can be used as a networking tool for connecting practitioners, researchers, activists, students and experts with like-minded colleagues, persons working on similar themes, or in the same geographical location.

- Enter your details in the database:

- Or edit your existing profile: (using your user name and password)

The database is also an excellent resource for those seeking experts for gender-focussed consultancies.

- Search the database:

IV. Other New Resources in Siyanda:

- Unprotected Employment in the West Bank and Gaza Strip: A Gender Equality and Workers' Rights Perspective (in English and Arabic), The International Labour Organization, June 2008
- Gender in the Budget Speech: A Snapshot Gender Analysis of the FY 2008/09 National Budget Speech, Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE), June 2008
- Defending Children's Rights: The Legislative Priorities of Rwandan Women Parliamentarians, Hunt Alternatives Fund, April 2008
- Investing in Gender Equality: Global Evidence and the Asia-Pacific Setting, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Office Colombo, January 2008
- Women Building Peace and Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict-Affected Contexts: A Review of Community-Based Approaches, The United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), October 2007

You can find more new resources added to the Siyanda Database here:, or through the Simple Search function: (copy and paste the title without characters such as ":" ";" and "-" or copy and paste the author's last name into the Search box).

V. Contribute section
Share your news, resources, opportunities and perspectives in the following ways:

Post your announcements, information requests, training and funding opportunities:

Submit your publications for inclusion in our database, or suggest other resources:

Post your short pieces of work in the Users' Corner:

(All summaries in the update are written or adapted by BRIDGE Team members. This update was edited by Adrian Bannister)

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