Indigenous Voices of Asia Network (IVAN) was formed in July 2013 as a platform for promoting solidarity and cooperation among indigenous journalists, non-indigenous journalists and indigenous rights activists in advancing and defending media freedom, freedom of information, indigenous peoples’ rights and democracy in Asia. The network members include indigenous rights activists, indigenous media professionals and non-indigenous media professionals in Asia who support the aim of the network.
IVAN is thereby a loose network of indigenous and non-indigenous individuals committed to make indigenous peoples of Asia more visible and have a louder voice in all forms of media in advancing their rights, issues and aspirations. Membership is open to all those who are committed to the objectives and guiding principles of this network
The objectives of the Indigenous Voices of Asia Network (IVAN)
- To promote and defend the democratic rights of citizens to freedom of media and to have access to all forms of media
- To mobilize media through dissemination of relevant information on indigenous peoples in Asia using different forms of media towards generating better understanding and attention to indigenous peoples rights and issues
- To strengthen the capacities of indigenous peoples to effectively engage with media and to establish their own media
- To provide support to the media practitioners in relation to security and other concerns
Guiding Principles of members:
- Fostering solidarity and cooperation in advancing and defending media freedom, freedom of information, indigenous peoples’ rights, women’s rights and democracy.
- Upholding human rights, non-discrimination and social justice
- Respecting diversity of identities and cultures
- Recognizing independence and initiatives of each member
- Promoting and adhering to equal participation of women and youth
Expected contributions from network members
- Sharing information about indigenous peoples’ issues in respective members’ countries
- Sharing information about opportunities for indigenous media practitioners to enhance their capacities and skills
- Sharing media-related materials and resources, such as journalism training manuals, video or photography training guides and social media guides
- Sharing expertise and skills to members of the network and to indigenous organizations and communities, including in IVA capacity building activities conducted in members’ countries
- Expanding the network through identification of relevant allies, forums and partners
- Sharing developments about media policies and regulations in respective members’ countries
- Participating in advocacy activities and projects where appropriate
Communication and Coordination methods
The following channels will be used for information sharing and networking:
- Sharing information with the #IVAsia hashtag on social networks.
- Sharing articles via IVA website online article submission format at : (here)
- Sharing relevant capacity-building opportunities and resources via the network members’ listserv
Technical coordination: AIPP secretariat shall act as the technical secretariat for this network
Apply for membership:
Indigenous and non-indigenous individual media practitioners from mainstream media, alternative media and social media, and indigenous right activists, who are committed to actively contribute in achieving the objectives of the network, can apply for membership of the network.
New membership applications will be shared to the existing network members or members of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) from applicant’s respective country as appropriate, for their review. Applicants shall be notified by the technical coordinator on the status of their application not later than one month after the submission of application.
To apply for membership please complete the online membership form, or send the requested information via email to email@example.com