AMPLIFYING AFRICAN INDIGENOUS WOMEN’S VOICES
African Regional Preparatory Meeting on Beijing +25 and the Second Indigenous Women
Conference Yaoundé – Cameroon, December 3 – 7, 2019.
The African Indigenous Women’s Organization (AIWO), in collaboration with Indigenous
Information Network (IIN), Suramama Women’s Organization and the International Indigenous
Women’s Forum (FIMI) brought together representatives of indigenous women organizations for a
conference in preparation of some key processes, which includes African Regional Preparatory
Meeting on Beijing +25 and the Second World Conference on Indigenous Women in Yaoundé
Cameroon from 3rd to 6th December, 2019. Seventeen (17) countries were represented at the
Conference and they are as follows: Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Democratic
Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Kenya, Mali, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa,
Sudan, Tanzania, The Gambia, and Uganda.
The conference started with meetings within the different regions in Africa discussing issues that
are of priority and challenges in their areas. The reason is that most of the indigenous women
leaders in the region never get the opportunity to meet often and work together. They have to wait
for a gathering or a meeting in the region or at the international level to meet. Meeting in Yaoundé
in advance was a very important time for all those who attended. The aim of the conference was to
draft a regional declaration that would reflect the situation of the rural Africa Indigenous women
and give recommendations. The outcome of this conference would also contribute towards the
position of Africa indigenous women and girls at the Commission on the Status of Women, Beijing
+25 and the Second World Conference of Indigenous Women all set to take place in 2020. This
would ensure that the voice of the African indigenous women was heard and included in the global
voice of indigenous women.
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