Each year, on August 9th, the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples is observed to raise awareness and protect Indigenous Rights.
This year the theme of the commemoration is The role of Indigenous women in the preservation and transmission of Traditional Knowledge.
It is encouraging to see Indigenous women gaining leadership positions in communities and the government, as well as standing on the frontlines to defend their lands and the planet's decreasing biodiversity. However, Indigenous women remain underrepresented, disproportionately negatively affected by decisions made on their behalf, and too frequently the victims of multiple forms of discrimination and violence.
In this podcast, we hear from Isabel Flota Ayala (Maya) who is the institutional communications officer at FIMI, the International Indigenous Women's Forum.
Produced by Shaldon Ferris (Khoisan)
Voices: Isabel Flota Ayala (Maya)
Music: "Anania2, by The Baba Project, used with permission.
"Burn your village to the ground", by The Halluci Nation, used with permission.