started this petition to
of this petition is to request your support in order to step forward together
in affirming and exercising our specific rights as indigenous women around the world.
that indigenous women in all parts of the world face conditions and situations
that intensify the violence that we experience as women and that our demands as
indigenous women relative to our specific rights are often invisibilized.
Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women
(CEDAW) is the first and most important instrument of the United Nations that holds
states responsible for acts of violence against women, whether
perpetrated by the
or by private persons. However,
we as indigenous women feel that the CEDAW Convention does not specifically address
the type of racism and discrimination we experience, nor does it take into
account the relationship between our collective rights as indigenous communities
and our rights as women.
this situation, a group of organizations joined forces to develop a document
that reflects our concerns and claims regarding our individual and collective
rights as indigenous women, and we will submit this document, with your support,
to the CEDAW Committee, calling upon them to issue a specific General Recommendation
on Indigenous Women, based on the proposals contained in this document.
We need your support to show the CEDAW Committee
that this is important for indigenous women to exercise and enjoy our human
the petition, and if you want to read, comment on or share the original
document, please contact us at: mujeresindigenascedaw <at> gmail . com
Women’s Alliance for CEDAW
was undertaken in collaboration between: Tzununijá Indigenous Women’s Movement,
Tik Na’oj, Maya Association Uk’ ux B’e, Sinergia No´j, Community Studies and
Action Team (ECAP), JASS
(Just Associates) and the Women’s Human Rights Education Institute (WHRI).