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Submission to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women

Drafting of the General Recommendation on the Rights of Indigenous Women and Girls

With this written submission, the International Work Group on Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) seeks to bring forward the voices, perspectives and experiences of indigenous women and girls,


State racism, uprooting and memory loss: Indigenous women in Ecuador's prisons

Official statistics obscure the fact that the number of criminalized individuals and communities belonging to Indigenous Peoples far exceeds the number of prisoners who actually self-identify as Indigenous, because these figures exclude family members devoted to supporting them as well as


Indigenous women deprived of their liberty in Guatemala

Racism and patriarchy present profound challenges within the Guatemalan prison system. The penal system is a reflection of the discrimination experienced by Indigenous women all over: for being women, Indigenous and poor. In the face of this adversity, the Colectivo Artesana promotes public


Racist and Patriarchal Justice in Argentina: the Reina Maraz case

The criminal procedure confronted by Reina Meraz, a Bolivian immigrant woman, exposes a double issue of the Argentinian judicial system: the need to train judicial officers in both gender perspective and interculturalism. Reina was subjected to a procedure that neglected her native tongue,


Indigenous Peoples of Bangladesh – alive, struggling, fighting and uniting

The situation for Indigenous Peoples in Bangladesh in many ways echoes the situation of other Indigenous Peoples in Asia: they face heavy militarization; they are stigmatized as anti-national for wanting to be included in decisions affecting their lives – such as industrial development taking


Las mujeres indígenas frente al fuego

Los incendios en la Chiquitanía y el Chaco boliviano las afectan particularmente. El desastre natural, la quema de cultivos y la contaminación del agua no les permiten cumplir con los roles de género y el sistema de cuidados que les impone el patriarcado. Por eso, más allá de sufrir el fuego en


Forest Management, Women's Rights and REDD+ in Myanmar

In Myanmar, women manage forests and depend on them for their livelihoods, but their tenure over these forests is insecure. Women often have distinct roles in managing forests as compared to men, and therefore also have expert knowledge about forests and different priorities for how forests are


The Place of Women in Naga Society

The main purpose of this book is to discuss Naga society and its cultural practices with a specific focus on the status of women.

Naga society is a casteless and classless society where, traditionally, women have enjoyed a high social positioning and a fair spirit of independence, playing very central roles in family and community affairs; however, it is also a patriarchal, patrilineal and patrilocal society where, for


Maasai women take leadership in Ngorongoro

With almost 40 percent of the land designated as protected areas, Tanzania is one of the countries with major tourism revenues in Africa. In the northeast, the Ngorongoro district is the home of the well-known tourist attraction the Ngorongoro Crater and the

Denmark is still standing with indigenous peoples

You have to look a bit before you will find it. But on page 33 in the new Danish development strategy you will find indigenous peoples rights as a key priority in the human rights area. The new strategy has been adopted by all the parties in the Danish

Human Rights Council: Special Rapporteur presents Report 2015

The Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz has submitted her report to the Human Rights Council, which provides a summary of her activities since her previous report to the Council (A/HRC/27/52) and

Malaysia: New project addresses violence against women

In honour of International Women’s Day, we would like to take the opportunity to highlight one of our partner projects, where indigenous women have taken the lead and confronted challenges facing their community. In 2013, IWGIA partnered with the Sabah Women Action Resource Group (SAWO) to


Perú: “Las mujeres indígenas estamos orgullosas de nuestra identidad”

En el día internacional de la mujer, mujeres indígenas reafirman su identidad y su defensa a la Madre Tierra. Por otro lado, denuncian que siguen siendo víctimas de discriminación, registrando los más altos índices de pobreza, así como la peor atención en salud y educación.

Peru: Indigenous women address critical role in combatting climate change

More than 60 Indigenous Women from Across the World Come Together to Address their Critical Role in Combating Climate Change.

At an international forum on community land and resource rights which took place 15 and 16 July, women from across the world called for


Peru: Indigenous organizations to present climate change agenda

The national organizations assembled in the Unity Pact of Indigenous Organizations of Peru convened a meeting to present their vision, proposals and agenda on climate change, put together by the indigenous peoples, as well as their mobilization and

Peru: Women raise their voice against climate change

They call for all of those committed to a better future to participate in the upcoming Peoples Climate Summit to be held in Lima, parallel to the official COP20.

A National Conference of Women for Climate Justice in Defense of Mother Earth signed a statement to raise


UNPFII: Violence in the Chittagong Hill Tracts continues with impunity

Kapaeeng Foundation, International Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission (CHTC), International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA), and Shimin Gaikou Centre organized an event titled "Marginalization and Impunity: Violence in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh" during the 13th


Bangladesh: International commission condemns killing of indigenous woman

On February 18 the International Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission (CHTC) condemned the killing of an indigenous woman in Kagrachari on February 15. The commission called upon the Government to ensure justice by providing exemplary punishment to the perpetrators. The Commission further


Indigenous women request UN to nominate a facilitator for world-level meeting

Indigenous Women of the Americas today requested John Ashe, President of the United Nations General Assembly, to designate an indigenous delegate who, together with the states’ representative, will facilitate the process of the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples to be held this


Anaya's comments on sexual health and reproductive rights of indigenous peoples

The Special Rapporteur James Anaya presented his comments during the International Expert Group Meeting held in New York last week. Anaya opened the conference outlining the barriers faced by indigenous peoples in regard to the realization of their right to health, including


Combating violence against indigenous women and girls

The UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) adopted recommendations on combating violence against indigenous women and girls at its 11th session in May 2012. The recommendations were based on those from the International Expert Group Meeting on Combating Violence against Indigenous


Bangladesh: Rape and murder of indigenous girl sparks protest

An 11-year old indigenous Jumma girl was allegedly raped, and then murdered, by a non-indigenous Bengali settler, Ibrahim in Longudu sub-district of the Chittagong Hill Tracts region on 9 May who has apparently been arrested following widespread protests against the incident.

Indonesia: Indigenous women organize themselves

For two days, April 15-16, 2012, more than 200 women representing various indigenous communities in Indonesia gathered on Doa Dukono Hill in Tobelo, North Halmahera, a regency in North Maluku, to form an organization that focuses on the country’s indigenous women’s movement — an inseparable


New documentary about indigenous women in prison in Mexico

"Under the shadow of the Guamúchil" is a documentary made during the workshop "Life Stories", by Aida Hernandez Castillo, within the Atlacholoaya Morelos prison in Mexico, between 2008 and 2009. Besides the video, which can now be watched in English, a book about the women has been published in




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