Intercultural Citizenship: Contributions from the political participation of indigenous peoples in Latin America
Ferran Cabrero et al, UNDP, May 2013

Latin America has gone through an unprecedented mobilization of indigenous peoples in the past 20 years, but their political participation, particularly among women, is still low, according to a new study released today by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) during UNPFII 12. The report (available in Spanish) examines the region’s six countries with highest percentage of indigenous peoples and greatest progress in political participation: Bolivia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru. According to the new study, some key factors have helped boost indigenous peoples political participation in the region, especially: an increased number of indigenous movements, which also benefitted 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. The study highlights that indigenous women’s political inclusion has been a major challenge, since they face “triple discrimination”: being female, indigenous and poor. Read the UNDP press release … Download the report [pdf, in Spanish] …