Indigenous Women Highlight Forest Problems in KMAN VI Conference – Indigenous women highlighted forest issues at the VI Congress of the Indigenous Peoples of the Archipelago (KMAN) VI which took place in Dondai Village, Waibu District, Jayapura Regency.

For example, the status of traditional forest which changed its status to be protected forest. Indigenous women also conveyed the facts that occurred in their respective regions and also the treatment of state policies threatening the existence of indigenous peoples.

Jaisa, for example, is a woman from Massenrempulu, Enrekang Regency, South Sulawesi who can only surrender to see the water that used to flow from Mount Latimojong which was functioned for clean water and rice fields, has now started to dry up due to uncontrolled human encroachment.

Likewise, Mama Doliana Yakadewa, a representative of AMAN Women from the Papua Region, Tabi’s traditional territory, is defenseless to see the Mount Cycloop Nature Reserve which continues to be cleared away.

“We’re just women. According to our cultural traditions, women do not have the right to talk about land and forest issues in traditional houses, even though the land and forest are for the survival of the generation we have given birth to,” said Doliana Yakadewa with teary eyes in front of the participants on Wednesday, October 26. 2022.

The workshop entitled “Indigenous Women’s Rights in State Policy” became part of KMAN VI. For two days the workshop discussed gender issues.

Each session was always colored with suggestions and recommendations by indigenous women from the 7 regions who attended. On the first day there were two sessions discussing “Multi-stakeholder Initiatives in the Elimination of Gender-Based Violence” and the second day discussing “Indigenous Women Are Warriors of Social Change.”

In accordance with reality, all indigenous women almost voice the same thing, namely the treatment of state policies that have suppressed the rights of indigenous women with policies that are less comfortable.

On the first day there were several things that became the focus of the main discussion and the recommendation was education to shape the character of early childhood. For workshop participants, education to shape the character of early childhood does not receive serious attention from the state.

It was sad that the workshop revealed that the work of educating a child from an early age, forming character so that they can recognize letters, is not commensurate with the award that the state gives.

On that occasion, Jaisa also invited women from the archipelago to play an active role in maintaining the identity of indigenous peoples to obtain guarantees in the form of regional regulations.

“We own the forest. We have the wild boar. We have iron wood to build a house. We have everything, but our property rights have become state property with the stipulation of cycloops as nature reserves,” complained Mama Doliana Yakadewa.

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