While advocacy on the domestic level is vital, violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women also has implications in the international arena. Violence against women is a pervasive human rights violation and the situation indigenous women face is particularly dire. International experts have found that indigenous women often suffer disproportionate and multiple forms of violence and higher rates of murder than other women. Advocacy at the international level can complement and strengthen advocacy efforts on the domestic level. This session will offer updates and examples of recent international advocacy work by the Alaska Native Women’s Resource Center, Indian Law Resource Center, National Indigenous Women's Resource Center, and National Congress of American Indians. The session will highlight upcoming opportunities for Native women’s organizations and tribal coalitions to advocate for the safety of Native women using international and regional human rights mechanisms.
Tami Truett Jerue, Director, Alaska Native Women’s Resource Center
Jana Walker, Senior Attorney, Indian Law Resource Center