Indigenous women changing philanthropy

Teresa Zapeta and Lucy Mulenkei

For Indigenous women, there is no distinction between individual and collective rights. How can philanthropy help them achieve those rights and where are the challenges?

Indigenous women are part of ancient civilisations, culturally diverse and present in different regions of the world. According to the information shared in the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN webpage[1], Indigenous women total approximately 185 million worldwide, belonging to more than 5,000 Indigenous Peoples.

That said, it is worth underlining that there isn’t specific quantifiable data on Indigenous women due to the lack of ethnic and gender disaggregation in official statistics.  However, it’s clear that the inequalities in the world become deeper in the case of Indigenous women. The UN Development Programme’s 2014 Human Development Report[2] states that Indigenous Peoples represent 15 per cent of those living in poverty, categorising this as a violation of the right to social, economic and political development.

We are not first women and then Indigenous or vice versa, we are all one, individual and collective.

 
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