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Violence Against Indigenous Women - UN Expert Meeting Review

Publication Date: 
March, 2012

International Expert Group Meeting on Combating Violence against Indigenous Women and Girls: Article 22 of the United Nations Delaration on the Rights of Indigenous People

 

UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted by the General Assembly on 13 September 2007. The full text of the Declaration, along with translations into many indigenous languages, can be found here.

Article 22.2
“States shall take measures, in conjunction with indigenous peoples, to ensure that indigenous women and children enjoy the full protection and guarantees against all forms of violence and discrimination.”

 
 

Introduction

From 18 to 20 January 2012, the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) held an International Expert Group Meeting at UN Headquarters entitled “Combating violence against indigenous women and girls: Article 22 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.” This conference applied a human rights framework to the issue of gender‐based violence faced by indigenous women, while contextualizing its global manifestations in the context of States’ responsibilities under international human rights law, as articulated in Article 22.2 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP): “States shall take measures, in conjunction with indigenous peoples, to ensure that indigenous women and children enjoy the full protection and guarantees against all forms of violence and discrimination.”
Focusing especially on issues of policing and jurisdiction, as well as outlining anti‐violence strategies, the experts sought to articulate a holistic approach to addressing violence against women that recognizes indigenous peoples’ ongoing struggles for self‐determination in the face of multidimensional discrimination and socioeconomic disadvantages. The panel characterized violence against indigenous women and girls as a pervasive form of human rights abuse, while drawing attention to the contemporary and historical contexts of indigenous communities and identifying steps towards the enhancement of their capacities and rights.
The event was co‐sponsored by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, which is couched in DESA’s Division for Social Policy and Development. Mirna Cunningham Kain, who is also the Chair of the Permanent Forum for the period 2011‐2013, served as Chair; Chandra Roy‐Henriksen, Chief of the Secretariat, served as Secretary. The meeting’s main objective was to expand upon the critical issue of violence against indigenous women in preparation for the 11th session of the Permanent Forum, which will take place in May 2012.

 

Download the full report here: http://www.un-ngls.org/IMG/pdf/RU_Indigenous_Women.pdf