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Date: Wed, 16 Sep 1998 17:40:56 +0800
Subject: [asia-apec 659] Statement of Unity: Rural & Indigenous Women Against Globalization

Statement of unity

Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law & Development (APWLD), 22–24 May 1998

Asian Rural & Indigenous Women's Conference
“Rural and Indigenous Women Speak Out Against Globalization”
May 22-24, 1998 Chiangmai, Thailand
convened by the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law & Development (APWLD)
and hosted by IMPECT

WE, the rural, indigenous and other women in this conference, come together to take a close and critical look at globalization and its effects on us, our families and our communities. We link arms and forge our sisterhood to resist the onslaught of the global market and foreign monopoly capital not only on our living conditions but also on the political, social and cultural aspects of our lives.

WE are both saddened and angered as we hear stories about the:

WE, therefore, reject the policies of trade, investments and import liberalization, of deregulation and privatization and the whole globalization scheme.

WE deplore their imposition on our countries by the global powers —U.S., Japan and the E.U.—the MNCs/TNCs, and IMF/WB/WTO/APEC which are all assisted and protected by the local ruling elite and governments of our countries who benefit financially and politically from the deal.

As globalization of the market economy wreak havoc on our lives, we will in turn globalize our resistance, in the spirit of internationalism and people's solidarity, against caste and class oppression, women's subordination, environmental degradation and destruction, human rights/women's rights violations, and the over-all exploitation and oppression of our people especially the rural and indigenous women.

WE will use all strategies—organizing and mobilizing for self-determination, increasing visibility of issues, research, education, solidarity networking—to effectively resist and eliminate unjust and unequal systems that exploit and oppress the rural poor and indigenous peoples, especially the women.

In particular, we make the following demands that require immediate action:

Signed on this day, May 25, 1998 in Chiangmai, Thailand by the participants of the Asian Rural and Indigenous Women's Conference Against Globalization convened by the Asia-Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD).

l. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz Director, Tebtebba Foundation, Inc. Founding Convenor, Asian Indigenous Women's Network (AIWN) Chairperson, Board of Trustees, United Nations Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Populations

2. Virada Somswasdi Regional Coordinator, APWLD

3. Elisa Tita Lubi GABRIELA & BAYAN, Philippines Steering Committee member, APWLD Co-Convenor, Rural and Indigenous Women's Task Force, APWLD

4. Burnad Fatima N. Society for Rural Education and Development (SRED), India Convenor, Rural and Indigenous Women's Task Force, APWLD

5. Judy Taguiwalo Women & Development Program, College of Social Work & Community Development, University of the Philippines Regional Council Member, APWLD

6. Teo Sew Eng Ideal Time, Malaysia

7. Govind Kelkar Gender and Development Program, Asian Institute of Technology

8. Marilyn C. Cepe BATAS (Center for People's Law), Philippines NFR (NGOs for Fisheries Reform), Philippines

9. Anchalee Phonklieng IMPECT, Thailand

10. Madhevi Kuckreja VANANGANA, India

11. Tiann Monie Highland Peoples Programme/ Carere Ratanakiri, Cambodia

12. Ting Peap Highland Peoples Programme/ Carere Ratanakiri, Cambodia

13. Paulraj Epsibai Tamil Nadu Women's Forum, India

14. Michiyo Yoshida Yay Yukar Park, Japan

15. Tomoko Keira Yay Yukar Park, Japan

16. Geum-Soon Yoon Korea Women Farmers' Association

17. Ji-Young Lee Korea Ecological Youth

18. Ainura Madraimova Forum of Women's NGOs of Kyrghyzstan, Kyrgyz Republic

19. Olga Djanaeva Rural Women's Union, ‘Alga’, Kyrgyz Republic

20. Bouakham Khattignavong World Education, Lao PDR

21. Viengxong Chitavong Oxfam—Belgium, Laos

22. Niloh Anak Ason Ideal Time, Malaysia

23. Mana Thapa Masar Kamal Women Service Center, Nepal

24. Sandya Basnet-Bhatta Service for Unprivileged Section of Society, Nepal

25. Sumika Perera Women's Development Foundation, Sri Lanka

26. Cholada Montreevat New Life Center, Chiang Mai, Thailand

27. Lee Ray Costa Women's Studies Center, Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University, Thailand

28. Phanomwan Yoodee Chiangrai YMCA, Chiangrai Thailand

29. Judith P.A. Pasimio Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center, The Philippines

30. Mary Kumvaj
Maria Graterol
Etsuko Ikeda
Sachee Vilaithon
Parichaat Thronchaisith
from APWLD Secretariat