MADRE Statements

Event: Indigenous Women Working for Change and Moving Ahead since Beijing 1995

Posted on: Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Keywords: UN, CSW, Event

Join MADRE's partner organization, the International Indigenous Women's Forum (FIMI), for an event during CSW.

On 3 March, 2010, the Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Women will co-sponsor, together with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the International Indigenous Women's Forum (FIMI) the above side event at the 54th session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

The event will take place in conference room 7 of the UN Temporary North Lawn Building in New York at 1:15 to 2:30.

Elsa Stamatpoulou, Chief of the Secretariat for the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Tarcila Rivera Zea, who is the executive director of Chirapaq, the Center for Indigenous Peoples' Cultures of Peru. Tarcila is a Quechuan activist who has worked for more than 25 years of her life to advocate and seek recognition of the rights of indigenous women and indigenous peoples.

Victoria Haraseb, who is regional education assistant to the Working Group of Indigenous Minorities in South Africa. Victoria is an activist who has spent many years advocating for land rights, intellectual property rights and access to natural resources.

Govind Kelkar is Regional Programme Coordinator, Economic Security and Rights for the UNIFEM South Asia office in Delhi. Her work has focused on indigenous women’s issues, most recently in the field of climate change.

Megan Davis is a member of the Australian delegation to the CSW and is Director of the Indigenous Law Center at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. Megan has ten years of experience in international indigenous advocacy at the UN. Meagan is a Cobble Cobble Aboriginal woman from South East Queensland and is also of South Sea Island descent.

Concluding Remarks:
Marial Hartl, Technical Advisor Genera and Social Equity, IFAD

Please note that, in addition to a UN grounds pass, a special events tag (SET) will be required to attend this event. To obtain a SET for this event, please visit the Division for the Advancement of Women information desk in the lobby of the UN General Assembly building on the afternoon of 2 March or the morning of 3 March. If you do not have a UN grounds pass and wish to attend this event, please contact Ms. Carol Pollack at for further information.



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