Holistic approach is needed to combat violence against indigenous women

By | 23 January, 2012

indigenous-women(New York – 18-20 January, 2012) The Special Rapporteur discussed measures for combating violence against indigenous women and girls at the UN Permanent Forum-sponsored “International expert group meeting on combating violence against indigenous women and girls: Article 22 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples” held in New York. The Special Rapporteur opened the three-day expert meeting with a presentation that emphasized a holistic approach to protecting and respecting human rights of indigenous women and girls in effectively combating violence against indigenous women. Such violence “cannot be addressed in isolation from the range of rights recognized for indigenous peoples in general,” he stressed.

See: Information on the conference
Read the Special Rapporteur’s full statement