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UN committee calls on states to protect the rights of Indigenous women and girls

December 09, 2022 at 4:04 PM

From the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse -

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women issued General Recommendation No. 39 calling on states to better protect the human rights of Indigenous women and girls, including addressing gender-based violence.

UN committee calls for states to take action

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (the Committee) issued a General Recommendation which addresses states' obligations for the rights of Indigenous Women and Girls under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (the Convention).

General Recommendation No. 39 (CEDAW/C/GC/39) "identifies and addresses different forms of intersectional discrimination faced by Indigenous Women and Girls, and their key role as leaders, knowledge-bearers, and culture transmitters within their peoples, communities, families, and society as a whole."

The Committee identifies patterns of discrimination, including gender-based violence, and the factors that make discrimination worse, including a lack of access to justice.

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