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Travelling journal goes to Malaysia
Media Update
Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 04:00

An intimate look into an Iban community facing the threat of land grabbing is to be expected as the travelling journal makes its way to Malaysia, the second to the last stop in its one-of-a-kind journey across Asia.

In the state of Sarawak, East Malaysia, farmer Tija Anak Mang will keep the journal in her possession for 10 days, writing about how she and other indigenous peoples struggle to keep land rights amid increasingly aggressive encroachments by palm oil companies.

Vast plantations of palm oil, a major export commodity in Malaysia, have rapidly depleted Sarawak's rich rainforests and driven indigenous Ibans and Melanaus away from their ancestral lands. 52-year old Tija is one of many women who have chosen to stand up to these companies.

In her community in Batang Igan Sibu, most people are farmers living in longhouses along the Igan River, peacefully co-existing with the neighboring Melanau community. When the palm oil companies SARANANAS Sdn Bhd and Ta Ann came for their lands, Tija organized both Iban and Melanau women to resist. She only finished elementary schooling, but is now among the most articulate and courageous leaders in her community. Tija is working with SADIA (Sarawak Dayak Iban Association), a non-government organisation that helps in the legal efforts of Ibans to defend or reclaim their lands.

Our Stories, One Journey: Empowering Rural Women in Asia will collect everyday writings from eight rural women in different countries to give a personalised voice to a growing clamor to transform agriculture into a more equitable and sustainable system. The initiative is led by Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific (PAN AP), Asian Rural Women's Coalition (ARWC), and East Asia GROW Campaign. ###

For Reference:
Asian Rural Women’s Coalition (ARWC): secretariat@asianruralwomen.net
Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific (PAN AP): Marjo Busto marjo.busto@panap.net

For more updates: http://www.asianruralwomen.net
http://www.panap.net/en/wia/page/women-in-agriculture-our-stories-one-journey/1490

 

 

Profile of Tija Anak Mang:

Name:  Tija Anak Mang
Age:  52 years old
Civil Status:  Widow
No. of children (if any):  5
Community:  Iban
Country:  Malaysia
Educational Background:  Primary, 6th Grade
Languages Spoken and Written:  Bahasa Malaysia and Iban

      For information on Tija, contact:
      Sarawak Dayak Iban Association, SADIA
      Contact Person:  Niloh Anak Ason / Litigation officer
      E-mail:  nilohason@gmail.com; sadiahq@gmail.com

 

 

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