Indigenous women are visible in the CSW61 agreed conclusions

29 March 2017, 2:00 am Written by 
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Indigenous women are visible in the outcome document of the recent 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women which happened on 13-24 March in New York.

In the Agreed Conclusions, there are two particular provisions for indigenous women:

34. The Commission recognizes that the economic empowerment, inclusion and development of indigenous women, including through the establishment of indigenous-owned businesses, can enable them to improve their social, cultural and civil and political engagement, achieve greater economic independence and build more sustainable and resilient communities, and noting the contribution of indigenous peoples to the broader economy.

Implementing empowerment

gg. Take measures to promote the economic empowerment of indigenous women including by ensuring access to quality and inclusive education and meaningful participation in the economy by addressing multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination they face and barriers, including violence, and promote their participation in relevant decision-making processes at all levels and in all areas, and respecting and protecting their traditional and ancestral knowledge, and noting the importance of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, for indigenous women and girls;

For many years up to present, indigenous women have been attending CSW sessions advocating for the promotion of the right of indigenous women and girls. They have been holding dialogues with UN and government representatives to advance the human rights of indigenous women and girls and side events to highlight the contexts, experiences and demands of indigenous women and girls around the world.

You may check the official document at

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