UN report states that Political participation by indigenous peoples in Latin America still low


In Latin America and the Caribbean there are approximately 50 million indigenous peoples, about 10% of the total population. Photo: UNDP Peru

Intercultural Citizenship – Contributions from the political participation of indigenous peoples in Latin America, released by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), cites several factors that have helped boost the political participation of indigenous peoples in the region.

These include an increased number of indigenous movements, which also benefited from communications technology, including mobile phones, the Internet and social media; the expansion of their rights after countries signed and recognized crucial international conventions; and an increased number of Government agencies advocating for indigenous issues.

At the same time, the report highlights the fact that indigenous women’s political inclusion has been a major challenge, since they face the ‘triple discrimination’ of being female, indigenous and poor.

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