Indigenous Film Night, Sept 13 in NYC

Film night to celebrate indigenous peoples’ cultures and identities in cities On 13 September, the United Nations will open the doors to an indigenous film night, paying tribute to the many indigenous peoples, living and sustaining their cultures in the world’s biggest cities far from their ancestral homes. Through Reaghan Tarbell’s documentary “To Brooklyn and Back: A Mohawk Journey” (2009), we will meet the courageous Mohawk women who sustained a vibrant community in Brooklyn, while Mohawk … [Read more...]

World Indigenous Conferences 2014

Exciting line up of more than fifty guest speakers revealed for this year’s World Indigenous Health Conference in Cairns Queensland Australia on 15th – 17th December 2014 at Pullman Cairns International Hotel. The conference is hosted by Indigenous Conference Services (Australia) with great line up of speakers from around Australia and internationally. The event is based upon the principal belief that indigenous health must be approached from a holistic view, which encumbers body, … [Read more...]

Good governance – recognizing indigenous peoples for who they are

The thirteenth session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues will take place on 12-23 May with principles of good governance at the forefront of discussions. For indigenous peoples, good governance is grounded in the right to self-determination, which is a pre-condition for the enjoyment of all other rights as it means the right to freely determine their political status and pursue their economic, social and cultural development. Good governance is premised on the recognition of … [Read more...]

Breaking the Silence, Violence against Indigenous Girls

Joint UN statement read by John Hendra for the launch of the inter-agency study on breaking the silence on violence against indigenous girls Joint UN statement read by John Hendra, Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director Policy and Programme, UN Women at the launch of the inter-agency study: “Breaking the Silence on Violence against Indigenous Girls, Adolescents and Young Women: A call to action based an overview of existing evidence from Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin … [Read more...]

Bolivia, microloans lift thousands of women from poverty

PARTICIPANTS IN THE SEMILLA PROGRAMME TEND TO A SWEET-ONION HARVEST. (PHOTO: UNDP BOLIVIA/BOLIVIA PRODUCE) Linet Claros Yevara, a resident of Mizque, a municipality in Bolivia with an 85 percent rate of extreme poverty rate, has seen her situation improve a lot lately. “My family eats better," she says. "Every day I give them fruit.” These improvements are thanks to the Semilla, or Seed, programme, a microcredit and skills-development programme financed by the Government of Spain (through … [Read more...]

Indigenous Women in Latin America must Take Action!

May 2013 – Indigenous peoples in Latin America have undergone an unprecedented mobilization in the past 20 years, but political participation, particularly among women, is still low, the United Nations said in a new report released today. Intercultural Citizenship – Contributions from the political participation of indigenous peoples in Latin America, released by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), cites several factors that have helped boost the political participation of indigenous peoples … [Read more...]

CONGO – Indigenous ‘pygmies’ excluded from maternal health

BRAZZAVILLE, March 2013 (IRIN) - Indigenous Women in the Republic of Congo, better known as 'pygmies' - a minority group threatened with extinction - are virtually excluded from reproductive health services. They mostly give birth at home and are exposed to related health risks, according to a 2012 study conducted by the Ministry of Health with support from the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). The study, Determinants of the Use of Reproductive Health Services by Indigenous Peoples, was … [Read more...]

The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, a letter

November 28, 2012 With all due respect, we present this letter as a response to some of the questions or concerns that are coming into the public about the Council and our work. We offer this in a heartfelt way. Dear Relatives and Friends, The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers has reached this step of completing the 12th gathering. We only have two more gatherings we would like to complete so that our prayer for peace and harmony amongst all people is laid down … [Read more...]

Maternity protection: Not just a personal issue

Maternity protection: Not just a personal issue Many countries have ratified ILO conventions on maternity protection, but pregnant women still face workplace discrimination. Marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (November 25), the ILO publishes guidelines on how to implement maternity protection policies. GENEVA (ILO News) – Six months into her pregnancy, it was becoming increasingly difficult for Liani* to endure hours of standing at her … [Read more...]

Wilma Mankiller – WOMAN of ACTION™

  A Celebration of Women™ is honored to Celebrate the Life of this embodiment of spirit, a woman that has devoted her life to the betterment of others. Born of Cherokee heritage, this woman has gone to far reaching lengths to empower the people of her birth. We are elated to pay this Tribute to such an amazing powerhouse of a woman!   WOMAN of ACTION™     Wilma Mankiller "We are a revitalized tribe. After every major upheaval, we have been able to gather together … [Read more...]

Indigenous women working together, raising the volume

Martha Sanchez was born in an adobe house in Mexico’s mountainous Guerrero state, and raised by her grandmother, an indigenous Amuzgo and expert in traditional medicine. As she grew up, absorbing the culture of her ancestors, Martha determined that she would spend her life working to preserve it. On this path, she met with other women from diverse communities, and together they began to knit a global network. The International Forum of Indigenous Women (FIMI) is now a vast network that spans … [Read more...]

Indigenous Peoples of Canada, Women’s Roles in Customary Governance

Indigenous Peoples of Canada, Women's Roles in Customary Governance I am a woman of Kichesipirini Algonquin First Nation descent, an Indigenous Peoples of Canada. My homeland is located within the watershed of the Ottawa River, under the administration of the provinces of Ontario and Quebec. This is unceded Algonquin Nation territory, and the Kichesipirini hold existing specific and contextual jurisdiction as customary government within the broader cultural complex. Positive social character … [Read more...]

“Good Practices: Indigenous Women´s Contributions to Citizenship and Governance Processes”

Indigenous women share their concerns  and contributions for a more sustainable world PRE- REGISTRATION CLOSED: MAY 7 - 18, 2012 7-18 May 2012 UN Headquarters, New York >>>Click Here to View Main Eleventh Session Page >>>Media and News         >>>Side Event Schedule          >>>Documents At the Eleventh Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples in New York, UN Women organized a side event on “Good Practices: Indigenous … [Read more...]

11th Council Gathering, July 26th – 29th, 2012, Lame Deer, Montana‏

11th Council Gathering July 26-29, 2012 Northern Cheyenne reservation, Lame Deer, Montana "Gratitude Brings Freedom"   This is my gratitude to my spiritual ancestors for the expression of freedom to come home. Gratitude is the most direct way to spiritual growth. - Grandmother Margaret Behan Honoring Grandmother Margaret Behan "Red Spider Woman" And the CHEYENNE-ARAPAHO PEOPLE   With a prayer of hope, The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers are … [Read more...]

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