Indigenous Women's Network of Thailand (IWNT)


The Indigenous Women’s Network of Thailand (IWNT) was founded in 1996 as a part of the Inter Mountain Peoples Education and Culture in Thailand Association (IMPECT) to provide a gender perspective to development activities affecting indigenous peoples in Thailand.

In 2011 IWNT was established as an independent organization to work towards improving the lives of indigenous women in Thailand.

IWNT works with the following Indigenous groups or "chon paos" of Northern Thailand:

Karen, Lisu, H'mong, Lahu, Akha, Dara'ang, Taiyai or Shan, Lua, Kachin and Mien and has the following aims:

  • advancing Indigenous Women's rights as Women and as Indigenous Peoples
  • promoting national and international instruments for women’s protection
  • strengthening Indigenous women’s participation in local government, natural resource management sector and other decision making bodies
  • acknowledge and support Indigenous Women's traditional knowledge