International: International Indigenous Women's Forum
International Indigenous Women's Forum (IIWF/FIMI)The International Indigenous Women’s Forum (better known by its Spanish acronym FIMI) is a network of Indigenous women from Asia, Africa and the Americas that was founded in 2000 in order to promote the rights of Indigenous women and the collective rights of Indigenous Peoples.
- International Advocacy and Alliance Building
- Leadership and Human Rights Training
- Indigenous Women’s Fund
International Advocacy and Alliance BuildingFIMI works to increase the role of Indigenous women in international decision-making processes and to ensure that the perspectives of Indigenous women are included in human rights discussions, by:
- Facilitating Indigenous women’s participation at regional meetings and UN conferences.
- Promoting Indigenous women’s work through advocacy and media initiatives.
FIMI also works to build alliances between the Indigenous women’s movement and the global women’s movement. .
Leadership and Human Rights TrainingsFIMI provides trainings for Indigenous women to develop their leadership and advocacy skills.
MADRE is working with FIMI and the local Bolivian women’s organization, Bartolina Sisa, to equip Indigenous women with the skills they need to successfully run for public office. The trainings will prepare over 1,500 women for Bolivia’s 2009 elections and pave the way towards a more equitable balance of power in South America’s poorest country.