International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples‏

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples‏ -August 9th

August 9 was first proclaimed International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples by the United Nations in 1994 to promote and protect the rights of the world’s Indigenous population. This day also commemorates the achievements and contributions that Indigenous people make in the world. August 9 also marks the first time the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations met in Geneva in 1982.
This year’s theme is “Post 2015 Agenda: Ensuring indigenous peoples’ health and well-being.” UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has stated, “The interests of the Indigenous peoples must be part of the new development agenda in order for it to succeed. […] Together, let us recognize and celebrate the valuable and distinctive identities of indigenous peoples around the world. Let us work even harder to empower them and support their aspirations.”
Cultural Survival reminds us to:

Monday, August 10, 

3:00pm – 6:00pm EST.

Attend a special event online at UN Headquarters in New York on Monday 10 August, from 3 to 6pm. The event will be webcast live at

2. Read Asia Indigenous People Pact’s Statement on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 

3.   Raise awareness about Indigenous Rights and International Human Rights Mechanisms through Community Media.

Share these free radio programs widely about Indigenous Rights based on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples including Free, Prior, and Informed Consent. Available in English, Spanish,and several Indigenous languages.

4. Listen to our new Indigenous Rights Radio interviews.

Interviews with Indigenous leaders at this year’s UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues about the development of a sacred mountain in Hawai’i, community conversations, consumerism, deep sea mining in the Pacific, and climate change, among many others. In English.  In Spanish. 

5.  Share this poster  by Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Right to Development.

6.   Read the latest issue of the Cultural Survival Quarterly.
Standing Strong from the Ground,

CSQ 39-2, June 2015. 
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International Women’s Day 2015 – what’s happening?

International Women’s Day 2015 Theme:


All around the world, International Women’s Day represents an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women while calling for greater equality.

Make It Happen is the 2015 theme for the global hub, encouraging effective action for advancing and recognising women.

Each year International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. The first International Women’s Day was held in 1911. Thousands of events occur to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women.


This Day aims to highlight the importance of creating conditions for the elimination of discrimination against women and for their full and equal participation in social development.

If these are some of the aims  – we really need to look towards education in its boradest sense to make any headway. At present it seems we are just trying to catch up – to close the gender gap that exists. But what about looking to the future? Starting with parents who are just having children and already discriminating between the girl and boy child.Look at the toys that are on offer in the ‘Western’ world – there seems to be a stronger push towards pink for girls and blue for boys along with the difference between ‘home’ toys and guns and war toys. And when they start school – there is still an achievement gap in many countries between boys and girls and of course, if you poor and a girl, then the odds stack up against you. Even in the UK when I was teaching, parents of girls would often state, when their daughter had not done so well in maths,  -‘leave that to the boys, they are better at maths!’ With that self fulfilling prophecy the boys tended to do better, but it was not just to do with innate ability -girls were not trying!

So on this International Women’s Day -think about the future of women and start with educating  the youngest.

Women Deliver ” 15 Journalists, 15 Voices for Girls & Women – Each year, Women Deliver celebrates International Women’s Day by honoring people, organizations and innovations that are delivering for girls and women. This year, we are excited to celebrate 15 journalists from around the world who are advocating for and advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights. More 


When we talk about ‘making it happen’
Here is some celebratory news about girls in Malawi who are really making it happen:

How girl activists helped to ban child marriage in Malawi

Malawi has raised the legal marrying age from 15 to 18.

Malawi’s Stop Child Marriage campaign was launched in 2011 by the Girls Empowerment Network and Let Girls Lead on the principle of empowering girls to fight for their own rights. We trained over 200 girls in the Chiradzulo District of southern Malawi to become advocates. The girls lobbied 60 village chiefs to ratify and enact by-laws that protect adolescent girls from early marriage and harmful sexual initiation practices. These bylaws force men who marry girls under the age of 21 to give up their land in the village and pay a fee of seven goats, a major economic penalty in the region.

Overcoming deeply held cultural beliefs and traditions will not be easy, especially in outlying rural districts impenetrable by communications from the capital. Local, on the ground education campaigns will be key to disseminating information about the new law and building broad-based support for girls’ rights. In addition, while the new law and penal code mandate a minimum age of 18 for marriage, girls as young as 16 can still marry with parental consent. Civil society leaders are pushing for the removal of this loophole, arguing that “parental consent” is too often easily obtained when poor families have too many daughters to feed.

Yet even with these limitations, the new law does provide girls with a voice and power – tangible leverage that girls and advocates alike can use to resist child marriage. The new law also gives sharper teeth to watchdog efforts, enforcement, and the rescue of child brides. In March, advocates from around the world will converge in New York during the UN Commission on the Status of Women. Civil society leaders will celebrate Malawi’s landmark victory for girls, and call upon global decision makers to prioritise girls’ health and education in the post-2015 development process.

One of these powerful advocates is Memory Banda, an 18-year-old Malawian girl. When her younger sister was married aged 11 to a man in his early thirties, Memory promised herself that she would fight for girls’ rights. She went on to finish school and help lead the campaign to pass Malawi’s new law to end child marriage. Memory’s sister, on the other hand, is now 16 years old and has three children.

Memory will raise her voice at the UN to advocate for girls like her sister and for the 70 million more girls around the world who were married as children. “My hope is that global leaders will understand that we girls are powerful leaders of change,” she says. “Marriage is often the end for girls like me. But if our leaders will invest in us and give us the chance to be educated, we will become women who create a better society for everyone.”

Denise Dunning is the executive director and founder of Let Girls Lead and Joyce Mkandawire is co-founder of Genet. (Published in the Guardian).

For further information about plans for International Women’s Day each year, visit the UN International Women’s Day web pages or the separate International Women’s Day website.

Some other groups who are celebrating International Women’s Day:

Conciliation Resources




Cultural Survival


From March 9 to 20, 2015, thousands of women will be meeting in New York City for the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59) at the United Nations. Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and non-governmental organizations will be gathering to evaluate the progress in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which was originally adopted 20 years ago in 1995.

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Check out Doreen the film maker:

(not Columbus Day) Indigenous People’s Day ?

What a shame that Columbus Day is still ‘celebrated’   – after anhialating many of the indigenous peoples in both North and South America, further humiliation is heaped on those who are left, by celebrating a notorious historical figure.
Things to Do to Commemorate Indigenous Peoples
on Columbus Day


Christopher Columbus arrived as an immigrant to “the New World.” He did not “discover” America. He was not a hero, he was a war criminal. Columbus Day is not necessary and increases division in this age of growing inequalities.

For the first time this year, Seattle and Minneapolis will recognize the second Monday in October as Indigenous People’s Day.  The cities join a growing list of jurisdictions and schools choosing to shift the holiday’s focus from Columbus to the people he encountered in the New World and their modern-day descendants. We can all take example from these cases and take action for change. #AbolishColumbusDay #IndigenousPeoplesDay

1. Watch and Share Reconsider Columbus Day by NuHeightzCinema  


Reconsider Columbus Day
Reconsider Columbus Day

2. Celebrate Indigenous Leaders
Columbus Day is obsolete. This year, we are joining First Peoples Worldwide in celebratingIndigenous Leaders Day. We think it’s time to celebrate Indigenous accomplishments, Indigenous leaders, in our Indigenous voices. Ditch Columbus Day, celebrate Indigenous Leaders Day.

  • Nominate your favorite Indigenous leader. Send an email to stating your leader’s name, accomplishments, tribal affiliation, community in which they work, and why they inspire you. Be sure to include a picture.
  • Share your nomination on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #IndigenousLeaders
  • Change your social media profile and cover photos to:



3. Recognize and Remember Indigenous Leaders Who Have Been Murdered

Today take the opportunity to recognize and remember Indigenous leaders who have been murdered and disappeared while doing work to defend the lives of their families and their environment. There are too many to even count, like Daniel Pedro Mateo from Guatemala.


4. Take Action by Getting Involved in the Native Anti-mascot Movement
There are still more than 1,000 high school, university and professional teams that continue to have Native American mascots. Though changes have been made at the high school and college levels, at the professional level there has been virtually no change. Start the change in your community. Check out our Abolishing Racist Native Mascots: A Toolkit for Change.

5. Read and share these great articles:

6. Learn about the American Precolonial Roots of Democracy.

American democracy was founded on the principles of The Great Law of Peace founded by the Haudenosaunne People (Iroquois) in the Northeast. Read more.


Take a look at Rethinking Schools –

Educators – Get a copy of their excellent ‘Rethinking Colombus”

rethink columbus

Summary of Rethinking Columbus

Why rethink Christopher Columbus? Because the Columbus myth is a foundation of children’s beliefs about society. Columbus is often a child’s first lesson about encounters between different cultures and races. The murky legend of a brave adventurer tells children whose version of history to accept, and whose to ignore. It says nothing about the brutality of the European invasion of North America.

We need to listen to a wider range of voices. We need to hear from those whose lands and rights were taken away by those who “discovered” them. Their stories, too often suppressed, tell of 500 years of courageous struggle, and the lasting wisdom of native peoples. Understanding what really happened to them in 1492 is key to understanding why people suffer the same injustices today.

More than 80 essays, poems, interviews, historical vignettes, and lesson plans reevaluate the myth of Columbus and issues of indigenous rights. Rethinking Columbus is packed with useful teaching ideas for kindergarten through college.

In this New Edition:

  • Updated resource listings
  • Classroom materials
  • Handouts and lesson plans
  • Poems
  • Web site listings
  • And much more!

First published in 1991, Rethinking Columbus has changed the way schools teach about the “discovery of America.” This greatly expanded edition has more than 100 pages of new material, including handouts to conduct a classroom “Trial of Columbus” and other activities.



“The original edition made educational history by introducing a startling new view of Columbus … In the revised edition we get even richer material, a marvelous compendium of history, literature, original sources, commentary … an exciting treasure for teachers, students, and the general public.”

Howard Zinn, author A People’s History of the United States

Day of the world’s Indigenous peoples – August 9th

In these days of global learning, it is still surprising that the centuries of indigenous knowledge is not tapped into -particularly in relation to looking after our environment.


August 9 was first proclaimed International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples by the United Nations in 1994 to promote and protect the rights of the world’s Indigenous population. This day also commemorates the achievements and contributions that Indigenous people make in the world. August 9 also marks the first time the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations met in Geneva in 1982.


This year’s theme is “Bridging the gap: implementing the rights of indigenous peoples.” 

Cultural Survival reminds us about some of the action we can take starting from this day:

Things to do on International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 



Watch a Live Webcast of the International Day Celebration at the UN Headquarters in NY. 

Friday, August 8, 

3:00pm – 6:00pm EST.

Attend a special event online at UN Headquarters in New York will be held on Friday, 8 August, from 3 to 6pm, featuring the UN Secretary-General, the President of the General Assembly, the Vice Chairperson of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, a delegate from a member State, a representative of the Office of the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights, and an indigenous representative. The event will be webcast live at


2.  Make Your Voice Heard about Indigenous Peoples’ Rights.

The Olkaria geothermal plant in Kenya, funded by the World Bank and supported by the UN Environmental Program, is in its fourth phase of the development. With each new phase, the Maasai of  the Naivasha region have been evicted from their homes-without their Free, Prior and Informed Consent. Call on the World Bank, the UN Environmental Program, and other collaborators to implement their policies through adequate compensation determined in consultation with the Maasai people. Take Action Now. 

3.   Raise awareness about Indigenous Rights and International Human Rights Mechanisms through Community Media.

Share these free radio programs widely about Indigenous Rights based on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples including Free, Prior, and Informed Consent. Available in English, Spanish, and several Indigenous languages.




4.    Get ready for the World Conference of Indigenous Peoples.

High-level Plenary Meeting of the UN General Assembly, to be known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, will be held on September 22-23, 2014 in order to share perspectives and best practices on the realization of the rights of Indigenous peoples, including to pursue the objectives of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Read the Zero Draft Outcome Document and send comments to


5.  Share this poster  by Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Right to Development.








6.   Read the latest issue of the Cultural Survival Quarterly.
The June issue is dedicated to Indigenous Peoples of New England.

We Are Still Here:

Tribes in New England Stand Their Ground.

CSQ 38-2, June 2014.
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7. Raise Awareness about Endangered Indigenous Languages.

Send an ePostcard Audio Greeting

Engage your friends and family and raise awareness about endangered languages by sending an e-postcard with a Native language audio greeting.


Also take a look at the work of Survival International on the threat to many ‘uncontacted ‘ tribes of the Amazon


Thirteenth Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues – coming soon!

Thirteenth Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues


When?   …12-23 May 2014
Where? …Trusteeship Council Chamber
United Nations Headquarters, New York
What? ….. Special Theme: “Principles of good governance consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: articles 3 to 6 and 46”


a short history:

Each session has thematically focused on a specific issue. During the Forum’s first six sessions, a specific theme was discussed each year. Since the sixth session, the forum has decided on a bi-annual working method of one year of policy discussion and the second year dealing with implementation. The implementation sessions do not have a theme.
First Session
12 to 24 May 2002 – United Nations Headquarters, New York
Second Session
11 to 23 May 2003 – United Nations Headquarters, New York
Special Theme: Indigenous Children and Youth
Third Session
10 to 21 May 2004 – United Nations Headquarters, New York
Special Theme: Indigenous Women
Fourth Session
16 to 27 May 2005 – United Nations Headquarters, New York
Special Theme: Millennium Development Goals and Indigenous Peoples with a focus on Goal 1 to Eradicate Poverty and Extreme Hunger, and Goal 2 to achieve universal primary education
Fifth Session
15 to 26 May 2006 – United Nations Headquarters, New York
Special Theme: The Millennium Development Goals and indigenous peoples: Re-defining the Millennium Development Goals”
Sixth Session
14 to 25 May 2007 – United Nations Headquarters, New York
Special Theme: Territories, Lands and Natural Resources
Seventh Session
21 April – 2 May, 2008 – United Nations Headquarters, New York
Special Theme: Climate change, bio-cultural diversity and livelihoods: the stewardship role of indigenous peoples and new challenges”
Eighth Session
18-29 May, 2009 – United Nations Headquarters, New York
Review year
Ninth Session
19-30 April 2010 – UN Headquarters, New York
Special Theme: Indigenous peoples: development with culture and identity; articles 3 and 32 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Tenth Session
16-27 May 2011 – UN Headquarters, New York
Review year
Eleventh Session
7-18 May 2012 – UN Headquarters, New York
Special Theme: The Doctrine of Discovery: its enduring impact on indigenous peoples and the right to redress for past conquests (articles 28 and 37 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples)
Twelfth Session
20-31 May 2013 – UN Headquarters, New York
Review year
Thirteenth Session
12-23 May 2014 – UN Headquarters, New York
Special Theme: “Principles of good governance consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: articles 3 to 6 and 46”


and some reading to get up to speed:

State of the World’s Indigenous Peoples:

Some other relevant documents found on the ~UN site


E/C.19/2014/2 A study to examine challenges in the African region to Protecting Traditional Knowledge, Genetic Resources and Folklore

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E/C.19/2014/3 A Study on the impacts of the Doctrine of Discovery on indigenous peoples, including mechanisms, processes and instruments of redress, with reference to the Declaration, and particularly to articles 26-28, 32 and 40

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E/C.19/2014/4   Study on best practices and examples in respect of resolving land disputes and land claims, including consideration of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (Philippines) and the Chittagong Hill Tracts Land Dispute Resolution Commission (Bangladesh) and the Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

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E/C.19/2014/5 Report on the living conditions of indigenous children and adolescents in Mesoamerica and compliance with their rights

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From Cultural Survival:

Proud to Be Indigenous Week starts Sunday, May 11th.

Indigenous Peoples from around the world will be descending on New York City for the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) from May 12- 23rd. While most of us can’t make it to New York, our voices need to be heard!

Our goal is to create a storm of online activity during UNPFII so that Indigenous voices everywhere are heard. This year’s theme is “Pass The Talking Stick.”

We’ll be focusing on language and all that encompasses – history, stories, music, communication, connections, and more. We want Indigenous People to post photos and videos expressing why they are Proud To Be Indigenous with the hashtag #Proud2BIndigenous on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. We want people to share stories and celebrate their Indigenous culture. And we want Indigenous People from around the world to connect with each other.

Cultural Survival’s quarterly newsletter is a great read:


Be inspired! International Women’s Day 2014


Working in different countries I am still angered at the level of abuse that girls have to put up with -just to try to get a basic éducation. Girls may be abused at school and while travelling to school. Girls living in poverty in Shinyanga, Tanzania may be approached by ‘uncles’ on their way to school, first offering a lift so that they can get to school ‘safely’. Then they are offered such precious items as soap or shoes and then after such grooming, they are abused. Stories such as this one are all too common around the world  and international women’s day might just remind us once more that we must inspire change –  in  women and particularly, men.


International Women’s Day 2014 Theme: INSPIRING CHANGE

Women’s equality has made positive gains but the world is still unequal. International Women’s Day celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action.


Each year International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. The first International Women’s Day was held in 1911. Thousands of events occur to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Organisations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women’s groups, corporations and the media celebrate the day.



Cultural Survival informs us of some of the inspiring stories from indigenous women:

Set amidst rolling prairies and the Badlands, Young Lakota shares with viewers the perspectives of three young Lakota as they find themselves in the middle of political controversy in the small town of Kyle on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation. The film centers on Sunny Clifford, who has recently returned to Pine Ridge after two years in college and aspires to improve the reservation she grew up on. “I never really experienced anyone talking about women’s rights and what they deserve… I always had this pity for myself because I was a woman, and on top of that I’m Native American. I’m at the bottom of the bottom.” Her twin sister Serena, a struggling single mother, and their ambitious friend Brandon Ferguson, a father of two, also want to make life better for themselves and their community.

When South Dakota seeks to pass a bill making abortion a felony, even in the case of rape and incest, Cecelia Fire Thunder, the first female tribal president of the Oglala Lakota, controversially challenges the move by attempting to establish a women’s clinic on the sovereign territory of the reservation and with it, the right to chose. Considering the high rape statistics and poor access to health care among communities on reservations, Lakota women are particularly vulnerable to potential bans on abortion. The reservation quickly becomes divided over the plan and Fire Thunder is impeached by pro-life Tribal Council members swayed by right-wing forces outside of the reservation and by a religion that was pushed upon them hundreds of years ago. Fire Thunder states that medicine for terminating pregnancies has been in Lakota society for hundreds and hundreds of years and sees this ban as another attack by white men on her culture. “I’m challenging white men right now and white men have already done a tremendous amount of damage to my people.” At one point she addresses a group of supporters of the anti-abortion ban and demands “Keep your white hands off my brown body!”

The political conflict during the next elections campaigns becomes more than a battle between candidates as the affects of the ensuing chaos sees the young Lakota members’ paths diverge. In their first introduction to politics, Sunny, Serena, and Brandon are caught up in the interplay between political, economical, and cultural circumstances. Sunny and Serena rally behind Fire Thunder while Brandon is offered a job he can’t pass up working for Fire Thunders opponent Alex White Plume. The film follows their struggles with choosing between prospects and principles, between individual opportunity and community, and their fight for personal dignity as well as the dignity of their Lakota heritage. Cecelia advises Sunny, “When you stand in the middle of that community of craziness, you have to be real clear about who you are and what you believe in because they’re going to come at you from all different directions and no matter what they do… you’re going to still stay standing because you believe in who you are and you believe in what you stand for.”

and a short animation from Asia Indigenous People’s Pact:

We live in a time when public opinion is demanding a fairer and more equitable planet. There is no more important element to address this than the equality of men and women. This 4-minute animation video outlines the recommendations from CEDAW (Convention for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women) and UNDRIP (UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples) particularly on indigenous women that guide and help us to move in this direction.(From Cultural Survival).

From South Africa:

Mphatheleni “Mphathe” Makaulule
© Photo courtesy of UNFF Secretariat.

Indigenous women leaders gathered together for two weeks in New York to take part in a Global Leadership School for Indigenous Women and to participate in the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. They traveled from regions of Latin America, North America, Asia, Africa, the Arctic, and the Pacific to take part in this leadership school run by the International Indigenous Women’s Forum (FIMI) from May 13–25, 2013. Lectures and discussions on topics ranging from technologies of activism to advocacy and negotiation techniques created a collective environment for these Indigenous women to grow and establish networks with other leaders worldwide.

The general objective of the leadership school is to strengthen capacities of Indigenous women leaders, particularly in the use of international instruments on human rights,Indigenous Peoples’ rights, and Indigenous women’s rights, as well as advocacy strategies to promote and sustain social change. The training sessions were conducted in three phases, beginning on a virtual platform from January to April, followed by a two-week intensive class concurrent with the forum in May, and concluding with a monitoring process (again through a virtual platform) to support the implementation of advocacy plans at the local, national, and regional level.

Mphatheleni Makaulule, representing the Venda people of the Limpopo province of South Africa, was among the leaders present. Toward the end of the session she was awarded a Global Leadership Award for her collective work with women and local communities: in 1999, Makaulule built the Luvhola Cultural Village with the help of community members, and in 2007 she founded the Mupo Foundation. The foundation works to foster food security, protect sacred natural lands, and revive cultural diversity, all while focusing on the advocacy and transmission of traditional Indigenous knowledge systems to women and the younger generations.

Mariana Lopez from FIMI commented on the inspiring legacy that Makaulele and others are creating: “We are celebrating Indigenous women who have implemented creative ways to address pressing social issues, demonstrating courage, creativity and vision. Indigenous women desire to no longer be viewed as vulnerable victims. They must be recognized as having huge capacity as catalysts of socio-cultural change,” Lopez said.

Makaulele explains that the word Mupo “describes the origin of creation, the creation of the whole Universe. When we look at nature, we see Mupo. When we look at the sky, we see Mupo. Mupo means all that is not man-made. Mupo gives everybody a space: men have their own space, children have their own space, women have their own space. Our role as women is to accompany all—from family, clan, community —to go back to that order. That is where we come to the name Makhadzi. Makhadzi is the name for VhaVenda women elders, but it literally means ‘the space of a woman’s role.’”

Makaulele and the Mupo Foundation have campaigns operating on many diverse fronts; Indigenous language revitalization efforts, eco-cultural mapmaking, protection of sacred territories, local seed cultivation and knowledge, and water advocacy amidst threats from mining industries make up the holistic approach. Currently, the Mupo Foundation is igniting a campaign against the Australian mining company CoAL of Africa, which plans to open a mine in the region.

For Makaulele, “The future is in the past. This future is not about the human children; it’s about the future children of all communities, from the insects up to the big animals.” With issues such as climate change and food security on her mind, Makaulele endorses the necessity of Indigenous knowledge systems and hopes to see them as part of the dialogue in every agenda.

Reflecting on what she learned during her time at the FIMI leadership school, Makaulele emphasized the role of leadership at home. “In our Indigenous knowledge system, everyone is a leader. We are leaders for the future generation. We are the leaders of the ancestral knowledge. We are the leaders of our ancestors to transfer this knowledge. And we are all leaders to protect mother earth. We cannot live without leadership. The knowledge which I have learned from here is a courage, is a motivation. In our work we do our work on the base of a dialogue. I’m going to sit, not getting tired, to involve our leaders, who are the chiefs, to involve our elders to do dialogue. I’m going to share this knowledge in the form of a dialogue. It is from the dialogue that the younger
generation also become the leaders.”

“I am very proud to be Indigenous,” Makaulele says. “It’s a big motivation because for me, my life is my Indigenous way. We [the Venda people] are the children of the Indigenous lens. Our life is Indigenous knowledge practice. I would like to say to all the women who are here, to carry this message outside to the women outside. We are the last generation to learn from our elders to protect the Indigenous forests, and this is the main root of our hope for the future. There is no longer time: we are the last generation on the edge of the elders who are going. We are going to become elders, and we women need to transfer this knowledge to our girls.” Directly addressing the girls in her culture, Makaulele says, “[You] need to create and take opportunity from your mothers and your elders to learn this knowledge, to get [it] into your veins like ourselves.”

For more information on Makaulele and Mupo, visit: For more information on FIMI, visit:

– See more at:

And from UN Women:

From China to Costa Rica, from Mali to Malaysia acclaimed singers and musicians, women and men, have come together to spread a message of unity and solidarity: We are “One Woman”.

Launched on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2013, the song is a rallying cry that inspires listeners to join the drive for women’s rights and gender equality. “One Woman” was written for UN Women, the global champion for women and girls worldwide, to celebrate its mission and work to improve women’s lives around the world. “One Woman” reminds us that together, we can overcome violence and discrimination against women and look toward a brighter future: “We Shall Shine!” Join us to help spread the word and enjoy this musical celebration of women worldwide.

Be the change…

An addition:

She Builds..



A spotlight on the critical role women play in creating healthy, stable and thriving communities around the world. This week we will showcase the vital role women have in the advancement of their communities – as political and spiritual leaders, educators and advocates, health workers and law enforcement personnel, as well as in many other capacities.




Cultural survival – new programs

Indigenous peoples are still trying to make their voice heard, as large scale agriculture pushes them off their ancestral lands (e.g. Paraguay) , national languages squeeze out local languages, and young people lose much of their identity to the effects of globalisation. However through great effort radio is providing such a voice…
New Radio Programs Available on Free, Prior and Informed Consent 

To further advocate for the rights of Indigenous peoples worldwide, Cultural Survival is developing an innovative new radio series to spread the word about the right of Indigenous Peoples to Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC).
Cultural Survival are producing and distributing a series of radio programs on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to inform Indigenous listeners about their rights under international law.  Listen to the programs at