NATIONAL INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY AND INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE WORLD’S INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
THEME: “The Role of Indigenous Women in the Preservation and Transmission of Traditional Knowledge”
“Indigenous women are the bearer of rights and upholders of cultures and traditions of the Indigenous Peoples’ communities. They are custodians of cultural values and play a significant role in conserving and conveying traditional practices and knowledge to their children and those who come after. Unbeknownst to many, indigenous women sustain their communities’ resilience in the face of hardships and are considered vanguards in helping their communities manage and defend their rights towards their ancestral lands, upon which their lives, livelihoods, and cultural identities are hinged.
As we celebrate the 2022 International Day of World’s Indigenous Peoples, we must take the time to appreciate their contributions to the communities. Amidst all the ethnic and gender-based challenges, indigenous women continuously persevere to overcome hardships and discrimination by working hard and improving themselves, their families, and their respective communities.
To the IP women all over the country and across the globe, stand tall and hold your heads up high as you are strong and independent. It is time to obliterate ethnic and gender-based discrimination and reassess the traditional patriarchal belief systems. Let your passion and devotion towards your community be the fire that empowers you to lead the children and your community towards the future.”
ALLEN A. CAPUYAN
NCIP Chairperson and Commissioner for Southern and Eastern Mindanao