HISTORY

Indigenous women have distinct identity than others. They are mother earth that contributes to preserve and promote culture, language, skill tradition, knowledge, natural resources, community management with harmony. They are the origin of knowledge and they mediate to nurture mother earth, environment that ultimately contribute to overall human society. However, their roles and contribution in the society and state are not recognized and respected resulting them towards deprivation, marginalization, discrimination, violation and exclusion. In this regard, if indigenous women are disabled then they face more severe types of discrimination and human rights violation than others. Intersectional discrimination are the part of their daily lives and their identity and voice are forgotten, unheard,  and left out in disability, indigenous, women, state discourse so National Indigenous Disabled Association (NIDWAN) a service oriented organization established with an aim of ensuring the rights to participate in all structures  with their distinct identity. It works distinctly from gender perspectives and collectively from over all issues of diversity in all structures. It also works parallel with National Indigenous Disabled Association (NIDA) to bring collective voice. To sensitize the issues, it works with National Foundation of the Development of Indigenous Nationalities (NFDIN) under the Ministry of Local Development, National Federation of the Indigenous Nationalities Nepal (NEFIN), National Federation of the Disabled Nepal (NFDN), National Indigenous Women Federation (NIWF), National Indigenous Women Forum (NIWF), Asia Indigenous Women Network (AWIN) and Indigenous Persons with Disabilities Global Network (IPWDGN). It also works in coordination with International Disability Alliance (IDA).

INDIGENOUS WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES AT GLANCE:

Indigenous women with disabilities are extremely disadvantaged position in society. They are victims of multiple forms of oppression, because they are indigenous, they are disabled, they are women, added to the fact that the majority of them are uneducated, innocent, poor, vulnerable and workers belonging to the most exploited classes in society, unaware about disability, and deprived from the resources provided by the state or other agents.

In all frameworks ofindigenous, disability, women and state defined socio-political structures indigenous women with disabilities are often excluded from roles and responsibility. Their intensity and severity of discrimination and challenges are seldom taken into account. They are far less involved in discussion and decision making which is usually done in structures or institutions within the disability, indigenous and women at micro level that simultaneously reflects to over all state structures or institutions at macro level.

The stories of indigenous women with disabilities lives and problems are varied with numerous challenges that make them vulnerable than others. But these stories and accounts are yet to bring in number of sources because the issues indigenous persons with disabilities is an emerging issues that has recently taken into account in various studies of the United nations and its framework. Most people are not aware about these issues and its vulnerability that indigenous women with disabilities have been facing in the daily lives