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7 Things You Can Do on International Women's Day

Sunday, March 8, is International Women's Day (#IWD), first celebrated in 1909. In recent years, the annual event has gained recognition, giving a chance to celebrate achievements in the women's movement and to inspire further progress through both local and international action.

While too many women all over the word still suffer from violence and rights abuses, it is important to recognize the amazing work Indigenous women are doing in making change happen in all realms of life and in claiming their rights and transforming violence into power and action. 

On International Women's Day stand in solidarity with women. By acting now, we will have even more to celebrate on March 8, 2021.

1. Read our issues of the Cultural Survival Quarterly devoted to Indigenous women.

2. Celebrate some of the amazing Indigenous women working to make change happen around the world. 


Share their inspiring stories #IWD2020 #EachforEqual

Shanice Appels (Khoe) working to promote girls' rights and revitalize the Khoe language. En español

Daisee Francour (Oneida) working on Indigenizing philanthropy. En español

Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim (Mbororo), working to combat climate changeEn español

Pratima Gurung (Gurung) working for the inclusion of Indigenous women with disabilitiesEn español

Galina Angarova (Buryat) working for the rights of Indigenous Peoples. En español

Keepers of the Earth Fund Grant Partner, Red Willow Womyn’s Family Society in British Columbia, Canada, supports and advocates for women and work to strengthen families and the role of mothers as sacred life-givers. En español

Emma Chirix (Maya Kaqchikel) is working to decolonized education for Maya women. En español

3. Listen and Share Radio Programs by and about Indigenous Women. 

The perspectives and inclusion of Indigenous women is essential to gender equality worldwide. Using community radio as a tool, we invite you to celebrate Women's Day by bringing Indigenous women's perspectives to the airwaves. The following programs are free for you to listen to, download, and broadcast! Access more here.
The Sacred Feminine
There are many issues that Cultural Survival has covered and fought for as an organization over the past 47 years, but one thing that stands out for our Executive Director Galina Angarova, and is very close to her heart, is the topic of the sacred feminine. Indigenous Women Changemakers: Victoria Tauli-Corpuz
Victoria Tauli-Corpuz (Igorot Kankanaey, Philippines), a long-time activist and UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, shares her experience with successes of small, local groups reaching out to the international community to collaborate in better defending their rights. Zero Discrimination Against Women
In this program we pay homage to Xoroxloo Duxee, an Indigenous woman from Botswana who died from starvation and dehydration because access to a water well in the desert had been restricted. Indigenous Women Changemakers: Joan Carling
Joan Carling (Kankanaey from the Philippines) is the Focal Person/Convenor for the Indigenous Peoples Major Group for Sustainable Development. Here she explains the benefits of the participation of Indigenous Peoples in local and global decision-making, which would bring a diversity of perspective and solutions to pressing issues. The Defense of Indigenous Intellectual Rights - The Case of T'boli Women
When the T'boli community in the Philippines learned that their distinctive Tnalak-style garments were being produced under false pretenses by non-T'boli manufacturers, they organized. T'boli women were able to secure collective intellectual property trademark rights to Tnalak weaving that are specific to their geographical location, which was an important victory for their community of women weavers. Especial 8 de Marzo: Nuestras Ancestras y Mujeres Líderes.
En marco al Día Internacional de la Mujer conmemoramos las luchas de nuestras ancestras que han procurado el bienestar e igualdad para las mujeres rompiendo barreras machistas y patriarcales.

4. Learn about Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women.

On February 14, 2020, over a thousand people gathered in Vancouver, Canada’s Downtown Eastside to participate in the 29th Annual Women’s Memorial March to honor all the women who have gone missing or have died due to economic, physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual violence. Read more. 

5. Learn about Indigenous Women's Rights.

Watch and share this video by Asia Indigenous Peoples' Pact.

6. Check out Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists exhibit.

The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., will showcase 82 artworks, spanning ancient times through today. 

7. Take Action to Defend Unist'ot'en Territory from Pipelines.

The Wet’suwet’en Nation is a sovereign matriarchal society that has never ceded its territory to the Canadian government. Since ancient times and continuing today, their cultural protocols require visiting Peoples to ask permission from Traditional Chiefs and Matriarchs before entering another Peoples’ territory. In 2010 hereditary chiefs founded the Unist’ot’en Camp to protect their territory from the construction of a 416 mile (670 km) liquified natural gas pipeline, Coastal GasLink, which they have not consented to. Read about their women-led resistance and how you can take action in support.