Publications on Indigenous Women

References pertaining to Indigenous Women within the Report of the Secretary-General on Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the context of climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction policies and programmes. Commission on the Status of Women (E/CN.6/2022/3)

References pertaining to Indigenous Women in the Interactive expert panel on building resilient futures: bridging the gap between the physical science and social science communities to advance gender equality in the context of climate change, environment and disaster risk reduction. (E/CN.6/2022/14)

Violence against indigenous women and girls (A/HRC/50/26): Report of the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, Reem Alsalem (2022)

Exploring and Tackling Barriers to Indigenous Women’s Participation and Organization. A study based on qualitative research in Bangladesh, the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Cameroon and Guatemala. ILO (2021) (English |Spanish | French)

Indigenous women’s realities: Insights from the Indigenous Navigator. The result of a collective and community-led data-gathering exercise relying on the Indigenous Navigator framework and tools, this report identifies and discusses the experiences, needs, concerns and aspirations of indigenous women in 11 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. ILO (2020) (English |Spanish | French)

Best Practices in Gender and Biodiversity: Pathways for Multiple Benefits: Study by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (2022) (English)

Rural Women and Girls 25 Years after Beijing: Critical Agents of Positive Change: Advocacy paper by the United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality Working Group (2021) (English)

Indigenous women and their role in the 25-year review of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action: Note by the Secretariat (E/C.19/2020/8) It is available in All languages

Indigenous Peoples, Women, Children and Youth: 25 Years from Cairo, Nairobi Summit on ICPD+25 (2019) by Ms. Tarcila Rivera Zea (English)

Economic Empowerment of Indigenous Women in Nepal (2018) (English)

Indigenous women’s maternal health and maternal mortality prepared by UNFPA, UNICEF and UN Women (English / Spanish / French)

CSW61 – Chair’s Summary: Interactive dialogue on the focus area: Empowerment of Indigenous Women (E/CN.6/2017/12). It is available in all UN languages

Research Brief: Indigenous Women & the Women, Peace and Security Agenda prepared by UN Women (English /Spanish)

Thematic Analysis of violations against indigenous women and girls, (A/HRC/30/41). Report of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli Corpuz

Twenty-year review of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and beyond: a framework to advance indigenous women’s issues: Note by the Secretariat (E/C.19/2015/2)

Study on indigenous women’s political participation at the international, national and local levels (E/C.19/2013/10) prepared by members of the Forum Mirna Cunningham and Sena Kanyinke.

Permanent Forum on Indigenous Women’s contribution to the General Discussion on Rural Women to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW): The Permanent Forum in its third session (2004) recommended that CEDAW develop and adopt a general recommendation on indigenous women.  Click here to read the document (English)

Study on the extent of violence against indigenous women and girls in terms of article 22 (2) of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (E/C.19/2013/9). It is available in all UN languages.

Recommendations of the Permanent Forum relevant to Indigenous Women: There is a compilation of recommendations specifically pertaining to Indigenous Women and the Girls Child adopted by the Permanent Forum since its first session to the current one.

Analysis and follow up of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issus recommendations related to Indigenous Women by the International Indigenous Women’s Forum (FIMI), available in English and Spanish.

Indigenous Women and the United Nations System: The publication offers an overview of the work of the Task Force on Indigenous Women of the Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality (IANGWE). In 2005-2006, the Task Force collected 18 cases studies submitted by SCBD, FAO, IFAD, ILO, UNFPA, UNIFEM and UNDP about their work with indigenous women in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
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Briefing Notes on Gender and Indigenous Women: It is a compilation of six briefing notes on Economic and Social Development, Education, Culture, Environment and Human Rights. It was prepared by the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender and Advancement of Women and the Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

Mairin Iwanka Raya, Indigenous Women Stand against Violence: The International Indigenous Women’s Forum (FIMI) prepared a companion Report to the UN Secretay- General’s study on Violence against women. This report aims to incorporate a diverse array of Indigenous women’s experiences dealing with violence from different generations, regions, and communities around the world. It echoes, in many respects, the findings of a decade of work by Indigenous women activists to combat violence against women. The report is available inEnglish andSpanish.


Thematic Paper on the Elimination and Responses to Violence, Exploitation and Abuse of Indigenous Girls, Adolescents and Young Women by the Inter-Agency Support Group on Indigenous Peoples’ Issues (2014) |English|