Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Seventh Session, 09 July 2014 Item 3. World Conference on Indigenous Peoples
Statement submitted by: Continental Network of Indigenous Women of the Americas Enlace Continental de Mujeres Indígenas de las Américas (ECMIA) Dr. Rosalee Gonzalez, Co-Coordinator, ECMIA-North Region Thank you Mr. Chair and members of the Expert Mechanisms, I address this body on behalf of the Continental Network of Indigenous Women of the Americas, Enlace Continental de Mujeres Indigenas de las Americas. We share the following preliminary comments regarding the Zero Draft, and assure you we will give a more thorough read to this document and be prepared to provide more substantive recommendations at the next UN PGA consultation with Indigenous Peoples, scheduled on July 17, 2014, in preparation for the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. 1.
We ask that the Alta Document and the Declaration and Plan of Action from the World Conference on Indigenous Women, held in Lima, Peru in October 2013, be used as foundational documents for the drafting of the Outcome Document
a document that aims to be a
Concise and Action Oriented Document
. We do not observe any reference of the latter throughout the Zero Draft and this is of concern to Indigenous Women. 2.
Section 1, 10. should be redrafted to balance the actions needed for the empowerment of Indigenous Peoples to more effectively address all forms of violence against Indigenous Women
and that of the state’s
responsibility to prevent, intervene, resolve and provide redress to violence, specifically violence intentionally or unintentionally induced by the state, transnational and/or corporations. This statement, as it is, exonerates the State from any responsibility or actions much needed to prevent or resolve such forms of violence.
#10. Recognise the need to enable and empower indigenous peoples to more effectively address all forms of violence against indigenous women, youth and children, in particular sexual and domestic violence, trafficking and violence related to extractive industries.