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Event: Pathways to Peace

How Women's Land Rights Promote Sustainable Post-Conflict Development | Commission on the Status of Women 2019

Women on the frontlines of conflict and its aftermath will address how land rights are key to achieving meaningful peace and gender justice. Join us to discuss:

  • How Afro-Colombian women lead community struggles to control their ancestral territories and protect the environment;
  • How women in the Democratic Republic of Congo are rising up for their rights to own and inherit land;
  • How Indigenous women in Nepal are working to create local solutions to climate change;
  • How Indigenous women in Kenya use traditional knowledge to advance sustainable development;
  • And lessons learned to promote women's land rights, peace and justice globally.

Wednesday, March 13th | 10:30AM-12:00PM | 777 United Nations Plaza, 8th Floor, NY

To RSVP, email advocacy@madre.org 

Speakers will include:

Charo Mina Rojas

Charo Mina Rojas is the Coordinator of the Working Group on Human Rights and international. Affairs for the Black Communities’ Process (Proceso de Comunidades Negras- PCN) in Colombia. She has dedicated her life to advocating for the rights of Afro-descendant people, particularly women. Charo was raised in Cali, Colombia where she faced multifaceted discrimination and exclusion due to her race, gender and economic status. Charo witnessed the critical role that Black women and communities play advocating for peace and for an end to disparities that fuel conflict in Colombia, and decided to devote her efforts to working for peace and justice with PCN. During Colombia's peace negotiations, Charo worked with the Ethnic Commission to ensure the voices of Afro-Colombian and Indigenous communities were meaningfully included. Their advocacy led to the landmark achievement of the Ethnic Chapter within the Peace Accord, which contains protections for Afro-Colombian and Indigenous Peoples, including for their gender-based human rights. Charo currently serves as a member of the Special High Level Body for Ethnic Peoples.

Julienne Lusenge 

Julienne is the President of Female Solidarity for Integrated Peace and Development(SOFEPADI), a coalition of 40 women’s organizations in the Eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Julienne has acted as coordinator of the National Campaign of Congolese Women Against Sexual Violence and is Director of the Congolese Women’s Fund. Julienne’s work extends beyond the borders of the DRC, as she sits on the Advisory Committee of the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict. Julienne has been internationally recognized for her work, receiving the Human Rights Award from the Embassy of France in 2012. The French government selected her as a Knight of the Legion of Honour in 2013.

Yasso Kanti Bhattachan 

Yasso belongs to the Thakali Indigenous Peoples, whose ancestral land is in the Southern Mustang in the Trans-Himalayan Region of Nepal. She a Vice Chair of the National Indigenous Women Forum (NIWF) and one of the founding members and current Advisor of the National Indigenous Women's Federation (NIWF). She was previously the Secretary of the Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN). Yasso is a regional council member of the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD). She is one of the leading Indigenous women activists and scholars of Nepal. She brings years of experience to advocate for women rights nationally and internationally.

Lucy Mulenkei

Lucy is the Executive Director of the Indigenous Information Network-Kenya (IIN). She is a Maasai from Kenya who has worked as a chairperson and coordinator of the African Indigenous Women Organization in the East African Region for the past several years. She has coordinated training and capacity building for Indigenous, rural, nomadic, pastoralist and hunter-gatherer communities on environmental issues and sustainable development with a focus on biodiversity conservation and traditional knowledge. Lucy works at the regional and international level advocating for the recognition of the rights of Indigenous Peoples in general and Indigenous women in particular. She is the co-founder and co-chair of the Indigenous Women Biodiversity Network.