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National Indigenous Women Forum

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Indigenous women of Nepal face multiple forms of discrimination.Indigenous women, being indigenous peoples face racial, linguistic,religious, cultural, economic, political discrimination and exclusion.Also, indigenous women, being women face gender discrimination.Thus, indigenous women are victimized by ideologies, policies and practices of patriarchy. Empowerment and strengthening of indigenous women is a must of to end all forms of racial and gender discrimination,exploitation, suppression and oppression against Indigenous women. Acceptance of multi-caste and ethnic, multi-lingual, multi-religious and multi-cultural reality of Nepali society by the people’s movement of 1990 has indeed paved a way for non-governmental organizations to contribute for empowerment and strengthening of indigenous peoples, women and other excluded groups and communities. In this backdrop, National Indigenous Women Forum (NIWF) was founded in 1998 aiming to make development programs for women and indigenous peoples successfully; to organize and empower indigenous women from local to national levels on common issues of women; and work for equity and equality by having common objectives on women’s common issues. There are not only common problems and issues of indigenous women and other women and also of indigenous women and indigenous men but also distinct problems and issues that are unique to indigenous women. Therefore, the National Indigenous Women Forum (NIWF) was established to support and raise awareness of indigenous women, to intensify advocacy for securing rights of indigenous women and indigenous children, and to run programs with focus on advocacy, training, discussion, interaction, study and research. NIWF supports indigenous women to be an equal partner in the national development.