Celebrating International Women’s Day

On this International Women’s Day we celebrate the transformative power of indigenous women all across Guyana and the world. We at the APA have been privileged to work with women from as far as North Dakota to Baramita to Shulinab to Bolivia. In that time we have managed to make strides in the documentation, occupation and use of our customary lands, and raising awareness of our various rights through the dynamic work of indigenous women across the country. We still have a far way to go to gain the full recognition of our rights as indigenous peoples and as women. We have witnessed firsthand the tirelessly committed and varied roles women’s advocacy has contributed to the advancement of indigenous peoples. As we prepare for this year’s national Toshaos elections, we encourage our women from across the country to make themselves available for Village Councilors and Toshaos. We see it as a vital importance to ensure that women are in the forefront positions of leadership. Women are instrumental in the decision-making process of our peoples and continue to be on the frontlines when defending our rights. The women in our villages and urban centres continue to show just how transformative their roles are and will be. The Association looks forward to marching side by side with our women as we fight on all fronts for the full recognition of our peoples’ rights.