PODCAST: the impact of COVID-19 on indigenous women in Africa


This podcast from the Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee (IPACC) addresses the impact of Covid-19 on remote indigenous communities, with special focus on the lives of indigenous women.  

The discussion is chaired by the Director of the IPACC Secretariat, Dr Kanyike Sena, and features Mbororo activist Hindou Ibrahim Oumarou from Chad, and Masaai activist Agnes Leina from Kenya.

The participants address the urgency of their communities’ immediate needs, and the imperative to develop long-term plans to safeguard their well-being post the Covid-19 pandemic.

IPACC is committed to represent the plight of indigenous peoples during this global pandemic, and to ensure that their needs are not ignored.

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Indigenous Environment Defenders.

Africa’s hunter-gatherer and nomadic pastoralist peoples have lived symbiotically and sustainably within Africa’s ecosystems for millenia. Their Traditional Knowledge Systems are treasure houses of indigenous knowledge.

Under colonialism, African hunters and nomads suffered land dispossession and cultural oppression. In the post-colonial era, they’ve advocated for their land, cultural and human rights.

Now, in this Age of Climate Change, Africa’s hunter-gatherer and nomadic pastoralist peoples are recognised as frontline guardians and managers of African biodiversity, and provide early warning for climate change trends.

We appeal to African governments to formally recognise the Traditional Knowledge Systems and practices of hunters and nomads.


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