Rural and indigenous women of Asia voice their concerns at UN Commission on the Status of Women

ORAL STATEMENT TO THE GENERAL DISCUSSION IN THE 56TH SESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN

Thank you for this opportunity to participate in the General Discussion and address the 56th session of the Commission on the Status of Women. We, nine rural and indigenous women from Southeast and East Asia are here for the first time to voice out our concerns and recommendations to the CSW.

This statement is on behalf of Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) and the Asian Rural Women’s Coalition (ARWC), two leading women’s networks representing rural women, including indigenous women, peasants, agricultural workers, Dalit women, fisherfolks, pastoralists, workers and migrants from more than 25 countries in Asia Pacific region. Asia Pacific has over 65% of population living in rural and remote areas. More

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