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Inter-American Human Rights System for Indigenous Women: A toolkit on mechanisms

First published on 12/31/2015, and last updated on 10/09/2018

Guide: “Inter-American Human Rights System for Indigenous Women: A toolkit on mechanisms

Forest Peoples Programme, 2015

Andrea Galindo and Ellen-Rose Kambel, Valérie Couillard (Editor)

Also available in spanish

In order for the Inter-American human rights system to adequately recognise, protect and fulfil the human rights of indigenous women, it is necessary for indigenous women to engage with the system, to make their voices heard and to tell their stories with all their complexities. This toolkit, which contains a series of information notes explaining different aspects of the Inter-American system, is designed to help indigenous women and their advocates to use the system effectively.

It is the result of a collective effort by indigenous women from Argentina, Costa Rica, Chile, Canada, Colombia, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and Paraguay, among other countries. They have worked together for many years to raise awareness about the opportunities offered by the Inter-American human rights system with regard to the rights of indigenous women.

Between 2011 and 2014, Forest Peoples Programme, with the financial support of Oxfam Novib, worked with indigenous women from the above-mentioned countries to create this training resource, which can be updated in the future and further developed by indigenous women and indigenous peoples organisations.