The dominant thinking is, you open up to the markets and become part of the whole global economy and you will become very modern. But there are still a lot of us who don’t think that way.

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz is the United Nations special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples. She founded and serves as executive director of the Tebtebba Foundation (Indigenous Peoples’ International Centre for Policy Research and Education), an advocacy organization based in the Philippines. Tauli-Corpuz also helped found and served as executive director of the Cordillera Women’s Education, Action and Research Center, a nongovernmental organization that works on behalf of indigenous women. In the 1980s, she founded and served as program coordinator of the Clergy-Laity Formation Program, which brought together church and lay people to oppose former Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos.