VOICES OF INDIGENOUS WOMEN LEADERS AT THE UN
April 16-27, 2018 - New York City
For the sixth consecutive year, the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office, together with the international women’s rights organization MADRE, will welcome a delegation of Indigenous women leaders from across the world to participate in the 17th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) at the UN Headquarters in New York. This session will focus on the theme “Indigenous peoples’ collective rights to lands, territories and resources.”
The Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues is an advisory body within the UN system that reports and submits recommendations to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Since RLS–NYC and MADRE both hold consultative status with the ECOSOC, the delegation will be able to take part in all official meetings and events.
The six delegates—women leaders from Africa (Kenya and Cameroon), Asia (Nepal), and the Americas (Nicaragua and USA)—will engage in advocacy work at the UNPFII with the goal of influencing discussions around this topic by adding a gender perspective.
Additionally, we are organizing a number of events for the delegation, including a meeting with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, and an official UNPFII side event.
Official Side Event:
Local and Global Strategies for Countering Migration and Displacement
Over the past decade, migration and displacement have been steadily rising as a result of global developments, leaving people and communities homeless and destitute all over the world. Indigenous women are particularly affected by a broad range of intersecting issues associated with violations of their land and property rights, and their struggles resonate with those of other rural and urban communities across the world that have been impacted by the persistence of profit-seeking economic and social policies.
This panel will present strategies devised by communities as well as community-based and civil society organizations to fight actors and policies that threaten the autonomy and livelihoods of vulnerable peoples. Looking into different experiences of migration and land dispossession in the context of development, this panel analyzes counter-strategies at the local, national, and international levels. It will highlight the contributions of frontline communities in safeguarding the human rights of those affected by the specter of dispossession and in imagining new forms of value as well as social relations that can challenge the structures of the current economic system. The goal is to explore how we can create new channels of solidarity and power in the fight for gender and racial justice.
When: Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 at 11:45 am – 1:00 pm
Where: Conference Room 8, United Nations Headquarters, NYC
With simultaneous English – Spanish translation.
Register by April 12 at email@example.com.
Due to limited access to the UN, only people registered or with existing ground passes will be able to attend this panel.
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