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U.N. Permanent Forum: Native women key relation to land

U.N. Permanent Forum: Native women key relation to land


A Tohono O’odham woman joined a conversation with three international women. They talked about climate justice knowledge from a Southwest perspective.

Navajo Times | Kianna Joe
The four panelists sit alongside each other at the “Madre” panel discussion on the Reflections of Climate Justice from Indigenous Feminist Peacebuilders Around the World, which took place at the church center of the U.N. in New York.

Amy Juan, a Tohono O’odham advocate for Indigenous human rights and the administration manager for San Xavier Cooperative Farm, brought cultural knowledge of sustainable food planting from her community to the discussion on climate justice across the world.

Juan sat on a panel with Fatima Ahmed from Sudan, Yasso Kanti Bhattachan from Nepal, and Dialys Ehrman from Panama, all a part of “Madre,” an organization dedicated to putting rural Indigenous women in policy-making spaces for the betterment of their community.

“On one hand, I’m learning and observing and taking in how everything works and how people are also working here, pushing their issues and how you do that,” Juan said. “But it’s also just interesting for me to come with a delegation that is global. It’s women from all over the world and also a feminist organization.”

Read the full story in the April 27 edition of the Navajo Times.

About The Author

Kianna Joe

Kianna Joe is Bit’ahnii and born for Kinyaa’áanii. She was born in Gallup. She received first place for best editorial in the student division for the 2022 National Media Awards. She is now an intern for the Navajo Times, covering matters in the Phoenix Valley while attending school at Arizona State University.


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