GWI is raising awareness about the barriers indigenous women and girls face when trying to get an education. To enhance this effort, GWI is attending the 10th Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) at the Palais des Nations in Geneva this week. In addition to members of the EMRIP, participants and observers at the conference include representatives of States, Indigenous Peoples from around the world, United Nations bodies, and specialized agencies, NGOs, human rights institutions and academics.
Challenges towards Indigenous People include widespread discrimination and structural violence, with indigenous women and people with disabilities being particularly affected. Additionally, Indigenous People are habitually overlooked and indigenous women and girls are frequently targets of violence, an issue that is getting overdue attention during EMRIP. The opening session vowed to recognize, promote and protect indigenous rights and ensure that there is no chasm between what governments declare their intentions to be and reality.
EMRIP was established by the Human Rights Council (HRC) in 2007 as a subsidiary body of the HRC. EMRIP provides the HRC with thematic advice, in the form of studies and research, on the rights of Indigenous Peoples as directed by the HRC. For its 10th anniversary, EMRIP’s main agenda includes a session on the good practices and lessons learned over the years, which allows for the reflection on the progress made in favour of the rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Source: Graduate Women International