Indigenous groups suffer from higher rates of violence against women

From 18 to 20 January 2012 the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues held a conference entitled "Combating violence against indigenous women and girls: Article 22 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)".

The focus of the conference was the issue of gender-based violence that indigenous women face. The conference applied a human rights framework to the issue and placed it in a context of state's responsibilities under the human rights law as stated in Article 22 of the 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 lack of documentation and insufficient disaggregated and documented data on violence experienced by indigenous communities makes tracking, preventing, and punishing its occurrences extremely difficult.


IWGIA - International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs - is a global human rights organisation dedicated to promoting, protecting and defending indigenous peoples’ rights. Read more.

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IWGIA's global report, the Indigenous World, provides an update of the current situation for indigenous peoples worldwide. The Indigenous World 2019.

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