Indigenous Women of the Americas Reclaim their Rights before the United Nations
Posted on: Tuesday, May 24, 2011
MADRE received this Press Release from Verónica Vargas on behalf of the Continental Network of Indigenous Women of the Americas (known by its Spanish acronym ECMIA)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Verónica Vargas
CHIRAPAQ Centro de Culturas Indígenas del Perú
Indigenous Women of the Americas Reclaim Their Rights before the United Nations
- Members of the Continental Network of Indigenous Women of the Americas united their voices in New York City.
- They demanded that States include Indigenous Peoples in policies and programs and that their rights as Indigenous People be recognized.
May 19, 2011—New York, NY—The Indigenous Women of North, Central and South America gathered today in New York City at the 10th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, worried about the critical situation of violence, death, racism and loss of cultural identity that thousands of Indigenous women suffer daily. These women are members of the Continental Network of Indigenous Women of the Americas (ECMIA), a network that promoted the training of women leaders for the defense of their lands.
Renilda Martínez, a Wayuu woman from Venezuela, expressed her concern for the “extermination of Indigenous women that continues in the shadows and without trustworthy data”. Martínez declared that the principal causes of death and violence against women are malnutrition, lack of access to maternal health care, domestic violence, illiteracy, militarization and water contamination.
On behalf of South American women, she asked the assembly to consider the issue of violence against Indigenous women as a priority in the upcoming sessions. She also requested that culturally appropriate methods for documenting cases of violence against Indigenous women and people be developed.
Rosalee Gonzáles, member of the Xicana Indigenous Network and delegate for the Enlace Norte, asked the government of Canada to recognize the situation of Unrecognized Indigenous peoples, of the displaced and their descendents. “The Unrecognized Indigenous groups do not have the same rights and are more vulnerable to discrimination, especially in their right to lands and the preservation of their culture, which contributes to the cultural genocide of these groups,” Gonzáles said.
For its part, the Indigenous youth of ECMIA asked the states to create policies, programs and plans directed toward Indigenous youth and children for the revitalization of their cultural identity, languages, and access to training opportunities.
They reported that in Mexico many cases of violations against minors are not brought to justice. Similarly, they affirmed that in Chile there are numerous arbitrary detentions and torture of minors on the part of the police, and as such, they requested amendments to the Anti-terrorist Law in this country.
Available for Interview:
Tarcila Rivera, President of CHIRAPAQ (The Center for Indigenous Peoples' Cultures of Peru) and General Coordinator of the Continental Network of Indigenous Women of the Americas (ECMIA)
Archives"Press Releases" Home February 2014 January 2014 September 2013 August 2013 June 2013 March 2013 February 2013 September 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April 2011 March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 November 2010 October 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2010 December 2009 September 2009 July 2009 June 2009 May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 January 2009 October 2008 September 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 February 2008 January 2008 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 August 2007 March 2007 February 2007 December 2006 October 2006 July 2006 June 2006 September 2005 January 2004 August 2001
Kat Noel, Website & Media Coordinator
PHONE: +1 212 627 0444
MADRE & Our Partners Make News
Haiti: the neoliberal model imposed on the country is failing its citizens (The Guardian, February 5, 2014)
Human rights group slams Iraq over treatment of women in prison (Miami Herald, February 2, 2014)
New Ways to Evaluate Impact (Stanford Social Innovation Review, January 24, 2014)
Poverty, Homelessness and Gender Violence Remains High Four Years After Earthquake (Uprising Radio , January 17, 2014)
Empowering Haiti's rape survivors (CNN, January 14, 2014)