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INDIGENOUS WOMEN LEADERS AT THE UN
April 20-27, 2019 - New York City

The Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office, along with the international women’s rights organization MADRE,  are preparing again to welcome a delegation of Indigenous Women Leaders to participate in the 18th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) at the UN Headquarters in New York.

For 7th year in a row, our delegation will be coming from around the world to New York to uplift and amplify the voices of Indigenous women and girls at an international arena where policies are set.

The Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues is an advisory body within the UN that holds the mandate to deal with Indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health, and human rights. Since RLS–NYC and MADRE both hold consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council, our delegation is able to take part in all official meetings and events.

The delegates, recognized locally and internationally for their role in advocating for Indigenous and women’s rights, will engage with the Permanent Forum and other UN bodies with the mandate to deal specifically with Indigenous Peoples’ issues, such as the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Special Rapporteur Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The group’s purpose is also to exchange and network with other Indigenous Peoples activists to develop and strengthen a joint gender agenda to influence policies and programs at the national and international level, as well as within their own communities and movements.

Additionally, we are organizing a number of events for the delegation, including  an official side event.

Community-Driven Strategies: Indigenous Women and Climate Action | UNPFII SIDE EVENT

Wednesday, April 24
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room Amartya Sen, UNDP Building
304 E 45th St, 10th Floor , New York, NY 10017

RSVP here.

Across the world, Indigenous Peoples are rising to protect their lands, rights, culture, and traditional knowledge. Extractive industries, surging sea levels, extreme weather, economic and environmental displacement, and worsening pollution disproportionality impact Indigenous women. To withstand this climate chaos and the multiplying effects, Indigenous women are at the center organizing to defend their families and their communities.

In this context, Indigenous knowledge systems—shared with and transformed by each generation—have been critical for both communities and environment. But as displacement and Westernization continue undermining the existence and livelihoods of Indigenous Peoples worldwide, ensuring intergenerational exchanges becomes crucial.

Inspired by the idea of multi-generational exchange and knowledge production, this panel will uplift community-driven solutions to address the impact of climate challenges and strengthen resilience in their communities while fostering a space of interaction between different feminist generations. This effort of collective thinking will pave the way forward for community-driven solutions and international solidarity amongst Indigenous women in the fight for climate justice.

** With simultaneous English – Spanish translation.

If you want to learn more about the delegates and their work, click here.

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