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“No job is impossible for women”

22 March 2017

Sixty-three-year-old Soledad Miranda is among the emerging group of women construction workers of La Paz, Bolivia. Miranda started working at age seven and received no schooling, like many other indigenous girls in her community. She survived an abusive marriage and with the help of the Association of Women Construction Workers, carved out a new life for herself and her children. Today, she dreams of building her own construction company. More

Indigenous women in Peru combat climate change and boost economy

09 August 2016

To combat the impact of climate change, the indigenous women of Laramate in Peru have turned to ancestral farming techniques with support from UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality. In addition to healthier crops and improved incomes for the community, the programme has boosted indigenous women’s participation in public spaces and decision-making. More

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

08 August 2016

This year’s theme for the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples on 9 August focuses on the right to education. Indigenous peoples’ right to education is protected by the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and many human rights instruments, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. More

Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director UN Women, for the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

03 August 2016

This year’s theme, Indigenous Peoples and the Right to Education, is timely and aligns with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’s commitment to educational attainment among indigenous women and girls. More

From where I stand: Maria Judite da Silva Ballerio

13 June 2016

Maria Judite da Silva is a 21-year-old indigenous women from the Guajajajara community, who is raising awareness about the Zika virus among indigenous women in the State of Maranhão, one of the hardest-hit areas of Brazil. More

From child labourer to women’s rights defender

10 June 2016

In Bolivia, after studying at the UN Women-supported School for Women Leaders, an indigenous Aymara woman managed to overcome a childhood and adolescence of labour exploitation to become an advocate for women's rights. More

UN Women strongly condemns the murder of human rights defender and Honduran indigenous leader Berta Cáceres

04 March 2016

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, UN Women, strongly condemns the murder on 3 March of indigenous leader, environmentalist and defender of human rights, Berta Cáceres, who was shot in her home in the city of La Esperanza in western Honduras. More

Rural Peruvian women spur local dairy industry

14 October 2015

With support from UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality, an association of rural indigenous women cheese and yogurt producers is growing, boosting incomes and economic independence. More

UN Women statement on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

09 August 2015

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka’s statement on the occasion of International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. More

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

05 August 2015

On International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, UN Women highlights the challenges faced by indigenous women around the world. More

Indigenous voices

12 May 2014

As indigenous organizations and activists gather for the 13th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (12-23 May), we spotlight five indigenous women who speak in their own words of their struggle and triumphs. More

In the words of Tsitina Xavante: My father told me ‘I want you to be able to help your people one day’

03 March 2014

In the words of Samantha Ro’otsitsina de C. Juruna (Tsitsina Xavante), a 28-year-old indigenous woman of Xavante heritage from Namunkurá community in the indigenous territory of San Marcos, Mato Grosso state, in the Amazonian region of Brazil. Trained in social services, she has a Masters in Sustainability for Indigenous Peoples and Territories. She is a member of the Comisión Nacional de la Juventud Indígena (CNJI – National Committee for Indigenous Youth) and the Red de Juventud Indígena (REJUIND – Indigenous Youth Network). More

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

08 August 2013

UN Women supports the efforts of indigenous women who are bringing change in their communities worldwide through the Fund for Gender Equality (FGE) and the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UNTF), which it administers on behalf of the UN system. Here’s a peek at a few grantees. More

Message by UN Women Acting Head on the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

07 August 2013

Statement by Lakshmi Puri, Acting Head of UN Women and Assistant Secretary-General, on International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, 9 August 2013. More

Breaking the silence on violence against indigenous girls: UN report calls for urgent action

29 May 2013

A new study launched today during the XII Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, reveals that indigenous girls have a greater risk of experiencing violence due to the multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination they face. More

Joint UN statement read by John Hendra for the launch of the inter-agency study on breaking the silence on violence against indigenous girls

28 May 2013

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 America” on 28 May 2013 in New York. More

Latin American and Caribbean women chart their priorities for the new global development agenda

25 April 2013

To give women more voice in the United Nations post-2015 development agenda, UN Women is organizing various consultations globally. Recently they took place in the Americas and the Caribbean, bringing forth the priorities of the region. More

Aty Cuña: Indigenous women’s assemblies tackling cases of violence and rights violations

27 February 2013

On the Brazil-Paraguay border, women leaders of the indigenous Guarani-Kaiowa and Ayoreo communities are organizing themselves to protect their rights and their dynamic women’s assemblies are preventing and documenting violence against women cases. A third gathering will be held 6 March in Sombrerito, Paraguay. More

Join the latest e-discussion on young people and inequalities

17 December 2012

The e-discussion on young people and inequalities begins on 17 December and will continue for three weeks. To be co-moderated by by the Secretariat of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, this discussion will look at the causes and trends in inequality affecting indigenous peoples and how they are addressed in the post-2015 development agenda. More

Indigenous women leaders in Southeast Asia unite against development-based violence

05 December 2012

The sound of helicopters still makes Soi Tonnampet shake, years later. It takes her back to the first time she and others from her indigenous community, the Karen, fled from an operation to clear areas of national parkland in Northern Thailand. She recalls that during their first three-day escape through the forest - one of many - an elderly woman died and another woman miscarried. More

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