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AMC Pleased to Host UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)

AMC Pleased to Host UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)

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Press release on visit from UN Committee at AMC talking about MMIW
Press release on visit from UN Committee at AMC talking about MMIW

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Published by: Sheila North Wilson on Sep 12, 2013
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ASSEMBLY OF MANITOBA CHIEFSPLEASED TO HOST THE UNITED NATIONS COMMITTEEON THE ELIMINATION OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN (CEDAW)Winnipeg, MB- Sept. 12, 2013
The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) welcomedinternational expert members of the UN Committee to investigate member states actionsince signing onto the 1979 Convention for the Elimination of Discrimination AgainstWomen. Since 1992, the Committee requires national reports from member states whosigned the Convention, to include statistical data on the incidence of violence againstwomen, information on the provision of services for victims, and legislative and othermeasures taken to protect women against violence in their everyday lives.While in Winnipeg, the CEDAW UN experts focused on the issue of missing and murderedIndigenous women. As part of its strategy to ensure community perspective and familyempowerment, the AMC promoted an inclusive agenda that put the voices of impactedfamilies first and foremost. Experts met with families of missing and murdered Indigenouswomen and service providers who seek to prevent such loss, while offering grieving andhealing resources to families. In addition, the experts met with AMC Grand Chief DerekNepinak, Chief Francine Meeches of the Swan Lake First Nation and Chair of the AMC First
Nations Women’s Committee, Chief Betsy Kennedy of War Lake, AFN Regional Chief Bill
Traverse and several other leaders. The arrival of the UN experts was timely given theongoing efforts of the AMC to push for a national inquiry on missing and murderedIndigenous women and girls.
“AMC staff, with the help of the Native Women’s Association of Canada have coordinated
with on and off-reserve community service organizations as well as many of the familiesmost directly impacted by the unnecessary tragedies that unfold in our communities
against Indigenous women and girls”, stated Grand Chief Derek Nepinak. “Our role in this
process was about promoting empowerment to vulnerable families when their voices havethe opportu
nity to carry to international forums like the United Nations” Grand Chief 
Nepinak concluded.

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