The Society of Ethnobiology is excited to join the Global Campaign for the Empowerment of Indigenous Women for Zero Hunger. We agree with the campaign's key messages.

Indigenous women are key allies in the fight against hunger and malnutrition. Recognizing and making visible their social and economic role is fundamental to achieve food security.

Indigenous women are food producers, guardians of native seeds and custodians of traditional knowledge. With their sustainable livelihoods, indigenous women contribute to the achievement of Zero Hunger. 

Empowering indigenous women is the answer to poverty reduction. Through their empowerment, indigenous women are leading social and economic changes that foster sustainable development in accord to their own cultures and identities. 

Even when facing triple discrimination because of being women, indigenous and poor, indigenous women have demonstrated their leadership and capacities to be agents of change for a dignified life.

Indigenous women are defenders of natural resources, lands and territories. They hold an intimate connection with the territories they inhabit and consider themselves the first guardians of mother earth. As such they are leading the protection of indigenous territories worldwide. 

Integrating the gender and indigenous peoples’ dimension in public policy is fundamental to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. In order to leave no one behind in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, the needs and challenges of indigenous women must be reflected in policies for rural development and poverty reduction, and count with their full and effective participation.