On International Women's Day, Celebrate Indigenous Women!

March 01, 2018

March 8th is International Women's Day!

Celebrate the accomplishments of Indigenous women in advocating for their individual and collective rights by listening to our new radio content, which brings you the story of the T'boli women's successful organizing to protect their traditional weaving style. Also, check out our program from last year's International Women's Day-- we discussed the status of inclusion of Indigenous women in international conversations on gender equality. Do you think progress has been made in the past year to increase the participation of Indigenous women in these convenings?

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1. The Defense of Indigenous Intellectual Rights - The Case of T'boli Women

When the T'boli community learned that their distinctive Tnalak-style garments were being produced under false pretenses by non-T'boli manufacturers, they organized into a group called Tnalak Tau Sebu Inc. Through this group, 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.



2. A Long Road Ahead for Indigenous Women on International Women's Day

March 8th is International Women's Day-- a time to celebrate the many accomplishments of women, as well as to discuss strategies to further their empowerment and to achieve gender equality. Shaldon Ferris (Khoisan) interviews Avexnim Cojti (Maya K’iche’) about the role of women in her community, and what needs to change in order for Indigenous women to finally occupy an equal position in society.


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3. News Bulletin February 2018 - Indigenous Rights Radio

Our producers are committed to bringing you the latest information on Indigenous rights. Check out our newest series of short updates on the headlines regarding Indigenous communities from all over the world. Here's the first installment.



4. Bears Ears At Risk

The reduction in size of the Bears Ears National Monument by the Trump Administration runs contrary to the principles established in Article 26 of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. We spoke to Braidan Weeks, the Communications Coordinator for Utah Diné Bikéyah, about the importance of Bears Ears, the unlawfulness of the actions taken by the Trump administration, and the advocacy currently underway to defend the monument led by the Tribes of the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition.