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Participants are encouraged to contribute as panel discussant during the Global Seminar-Workshop on Indigenous Women and Climate Change and REDD + .

The Panel discussions will highlight indigenous women's roles and use of traditional knowledge and practices as tools/strategies to mitigate climate change or adapt to its impacts. We recommend that you come up with at least one case study related to the suggested themes below based on the obtaining situation in your communities. Other areas which you think are not included in the suggested themes but are relevant to your community and the climate change phenomenon are welcome. These may either be stories/efforts of

1) an individual indigenous woman that have made a significant impact on the community or

2) a collective effort by community women or indigenous women’s organizations that provides solution to the climate crisis, its impacts or effective mitigation and adaptation strategy/technology/practice.

To facilitate ease of expression and ensure content vis-à-vis the time constraints, the case study may be written in your own national languages. The Secretariat will find a way of translating these into English. However, for those can do it directly in English, please do so!

Guidelines for Developing Cases for the Panel Presentations

The following guidelines hope assist you in the development and writing of the case study. The posed questions are exploratory. You may use, build on them depending on their significance to your case study.

Panel 1 : Food Security

This panel will deal with how indigenous women are using their particular traditional agricultural/fishing/forest knowledge and skills to fulfill their roles in family/community care and nurture.

Particularly, the paper and presentations should reflect how indigenous women are addressing issues/problems encountered on food availability, food accessibility, food utilization and the stability of food systems that are impacted by climate.It should further reflect the strength ( effectivity, practicality ) and what needs to be done to strengthen these.

Panel 2 : Sustainable Forest Management and Governance

Among indigenous peoples, the forest is generally a resource base governed by traditional norms and spirituality. Food, housing, medicinal , water, medicinals are just some of the benefits indigenous women and their communities directly derive from the forests. This panel will tackle specific roles of indigenous women ( or efforts of indigenous women's organizations) in ensuring that their forests are able to provide the goods and services expected.

Presentation should address :

> What are the specific roles of indigenous women in sustainable forest management ( i.e what are their contributions in maintaining forest biodiversity and preventing deforestation and degradation ) and how do they do this? Describe in details specific tasks/activities taken on by women in the forests. Are there activities strictly done by women or forests resources that are strictly associated to women only?

> What are the traditional structures/institutions involved in forest management and governance? Are women involved in the decision making processes in these institutions/structures?

if YES, HOW?

if NO, WHY? What traditional systems, laws and current norms/values or circumstances that prevents them from participation in decision making processes? are there efforts, either by the women, community or individuals to try to change these towards a more gender inclusive and sensitive forest governance?

Panel 3 : Women’s Security

This panel will address the links between gender inequality and the vulnerability of indigenous women to climate change and its impacts. It will look into experiences of domestic /gender violence, human rights violations and discrimination of indigenous women that are attributed to the drastic impacts of climate change, including disaster risk management, adaptation and mitigation efforts.

Initial observations and reports have it that the destruction of the economic systems advanced by disastrous climatic phenomenon has led to increased environmental refugees as well as economic migration for indigenous peoples. These leaves women-headed households in the communities or women themselves taking on alternative jobs in the town centers without security of tenure. With limited capacity to negotiate outside their communities ( i.e language and cultural gaps, skills, etc.) indigenous women are put in a risky situation in relation to the protection of their human rights and welfare. Initial reports, for example, have it that forced economic migration has made indigenous Congo women vulnerable to trafficking and prostitution and HIV/AIDS.

The presentations should also reflect existing community norms/practices that are contributory to the vulnerability of indigenous women and recommendations to address these towards combating the high representation of indigenous women in the vulnerable/high risk sector. More importantly the presentations should highlight what women, themselves, are doing to prevent further occurrence of such gender violence/discrimination.

Have there been experiences in the community of violence against women ensuing from the impacts of climate change? What happened? How is the survivor doing at present? What are women in the community doing to avoid the same situation? What is the community doing?

How are women included in information and efforts to mitigate,adapt to climate change including disaster risk management and preparedness? If there have been a disaster situation in the community, how were indigenous women treated? Have there been incidences of inequity in terms of access to information and services between indigenous women and men or indigenous women vis. non-indigenous women?

Are mitigation/adaptation efforts sensitive and appropriate to women?

Panel 4 : Land Tenure and Security

The paper should reflect how land ownership and secured tenure contributes to the empowerment of women in terms of realizing their traditional roles and exercising their rights and obligations to land, territory and resources.

Do women have equal access to the forest lands and resources?

Panel 5 : Energy/Palm Oil Plantations

Alternative energy sources including palm oils are being developed and applied in different forms and scales as mitigation initiatives. These, however have differential impacts on the lives of indigenous women especially with regards their access to and control of the forests and its resources and services. On the other hand, indigenous women may already have developed or are already innovating and using their technologies and systems that are energy and cost efficient as well as sustainable.

\What have indigenous women done so far in the area of sustainable energy generation, use and conservation in their homes or communities? Are there innovative systems/technologies that indigenous women are presently using? Describe source of energy,how source is sustained, processing (women and men’s tasks in the processing) distribution, if any.

Time Frame :

2nd Week August Sending out of Call for Presentations

2nd Week September Confirmation with identified theme,

case study area and writer/presenter;

Sept. 30 initial draft submitted to Secretariat

October 30 final/enriched papers

November 15 submission of presentations

November 18-19 Global Seminar-Workshop


For inquiries, please contact any of the following:

Eleanor P. Dictaan – Bang-oa at ellen[AHT]

Christine Golocan at christine[AHT]

Maribeth V. Bugtong at beth[AHT]

or call us at : +63 74 4447703 or +63 74 4439459