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Native women have been leaders among their peoples since time immemorial, maintaining community wellness and teaching cultural values and life-ways for thousands of years. Today’s Native women are no exception—when we work to create positive strides in the health, wellbeing, and sovereignty of our Nations, we walk in the footsteps of our grandmothers who came before us.
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.
From The Roots Up: An Overview of Shelter and Advocacy Program Development Supporting Women’s Sovereignty
This resource offers a basic outline for the development of shelters and advocacy programs serving Native women who are battered or raped and their children. It provides an overall picture of elements and steps necessary in establishing a shelter. This booklet also inspires critical thinking and dialogue about the assumptions we bring to our work to stop violence against Native women. 54 pgs.
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