Indigenous Land in Ecuador Under Threat, Again

A Kichwa girl carrying her sack tumpline style near the Jondachi river in Ecuador.
Photo: Tomas Munita/CIFOR, Flickr.

Av: Johanna Caminati Engström och Lisa Elamson

In the last decade, progress has been made for the rights of the indigenous people of Ecuador. But despite a favourable legal context and numerous promises made by the government, their rights are still under threat by foreign economic interests.

26 oktober, 2018, Article, English, Magazine

How Indigenous Food Sovereignty Leads to Sustainability

A woman from an agrarian indigenous community in Puente Viejo, Guatemala. Photo: Ryan Brown/UN Women, Flickr.

Av: Carolina Yang

In the field of agriculture where production is the major appeal, a lens from the indigenous perspectives provides opportunities to relieve the unprecedented environmental stress imposed by industrial agriculture. Rather than over-simplified food system, sustainability will be more reachable if native wisdom is applied in celebration of diversity.

26 oktober, 2018, Article, English, Magazine

Is UNESCO’s work with indigenous people changing for the better?

Woman from the Mong Tribe in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, drawing designs on a piece of cloth.
Photo: Justin Vidamo, Flickr.

Av: Alexandra Håkansson Schmidt och Linda Sebbas

For the last decades UNESCO has been criticised for not tending to indigenous rights. The World Heritage convention has, despite its aim, resulted in devastating consequences for indigenous peoples. Signs of change in their work can be detected, but will it be enough?

26 oktober, 2018, Article, English, Magazine

The Flip side of Natural Resources: Brief stories from India and Alaska

Indigenous women collecting grass for their cattle in Kathonibari, Kaziranga National Park.
Photo: Eleonora Fanari & Pranab Doley.

Av: Hanna Geschewski och Vittorio Capici

The loss of Indigenous peoples’ natural resource base is often associated with rainforest clearing, dam projects and the mining industry. But it is not always the infamous multinational corporations that drive native peoples from their lands. Two examples from India and Alaska illustrate how public conservation policies and inter-indigenous conflicts threaten communities and identities.

26 oktober, 2018, Article, English, Magazine

The Preservation of Sámi Heritage – A Crack in the Facade of Sweden’s Moral Authority?

Sámiland. Photo: Alexander Cahlenstein, Flickr

Av: Brita Bamert

Sámieatnan duoddariid, dáid sámi mánáid ruovttu galbma geađge guorba guovlu sámi mánáid ruoktu Sámiland’s wide expanses home to Sámi children cold barren rocky realm home of Sámi children These are the first lines of the Sámi Artist Sofia Jannok’s song, in the English translation named Wide Open Tundra of the Sámiland. The Sámi people represent the indigenous population […]

4 juni, 2018, Article, English, FUF Lund, Magazine

Sex abuse in a humanitarian context – time for a culture shift?

UN Women and partners led a global “Orange the World” campaign to end violence against women and girls last year, which sparked activist movements around the world, like this group composed of civil society, UN and general public members in Rabbat, Morocco, to speak up about violence against women. Photo: Younes El Moumine/UN Women

Av: Lou Darriet

Women throughout history have faced sexual violence in conflict environments, but the recent allegations against humanitarian workers’ sexual misconduct might be the beginning of a shift towards fighting gender-based violence worldwide more proactively. Development and humanitarian actors worldwide are stepping up to ensure the safety and security of women and girls in conflict and post […]

14 april, 2018, Article, English, FUF Lund, Magazine

Consult the users! How toilets impact the fight for gender equality

Access to clean, protected and gender-separated toilets would encourage girls to go to school, also when they are menstruating. Fatehpur Sikri, India. Photo: Flickr, Ignas Kukenys

Av: Elin Fredriksson

When the train from Delhi sets off to the north of India, it passes by long fields at the outskirts of the capital. In the early morning, the passengers of the train can observe how dozens of men and women walk around in the field and eventually bend down to defecate. It is the daily […]

1 april, 2018, English, FUF Lund, Magazine, Reportage

Women are taking over – female-headed households in Latin America

Conditions for women in Latin America are improving. A portrait of a woman with her child in the Peruvian Andes. Photo: PxHere

Av: Jonathan Wirths

A study in Latin America found that, given equal conditions, female household heads experience better living conditions than their male counterparts. The number of female-headed households has increased rapidly over the last decades as more and more people diverge from traditional relationship and livelihood arrangements. What does this mean for development actors and how is […]

22 mars, 2018, Article, English, FUF Lund, Magazine