(March 24, 2016) (NY, NY, United States of America) ― Dawn Lavell-Harvard, President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC), partook in two key parallel events at the 60th United Nations Special Commission on the Status of Women (#CSW60) in New York, New York on Tuesday March 22, 2016.
The first parallel event entitled Indigenous Women’s Empowerment: Combating the Global Epidemic of Murdered & Missing Indigenous Women took an interdisciplinary, cross-generational look at the disproportionate violence Indigenous women and girls face across North America. Fellow panelists included: Dr. Mary Roessel (Navajo) of Santa Fe Indian Hospital; Noel Altaha (Apache) of Columbia University; and Betty M. Lyons (Onondaga) President of the American Indian Law Alliance. This discussion was moderated by Tia Oros Peters (Zuni), Executive Director of Seventh Generation Fund.
The second parallel event was entitled Together We Are Stronger: Indigenous Women’s Movements to End Violence Against American Indian, Alaska Native, and Aboriginal Women. This event was intended to recognize, strengthen, and honour the growing Global movement to end the human rights crisis of violence against Indigenous women and girls. Fellow speakers included: Terri Henry, Co-Chair of the National Congress of American Indians Task Force on Violence against Women and Chair of the Indian Law Resource Centre Board of Directors, as well as Tamra Truett Jerue, Director of the Alaska Native Women’s Resource Centre, Tribal Administrator, and Director of Social Services for the Anvik Village Tribal Council.
“It was an honour to participate in each of these critical parallel events during the 60th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Crossing Turtle Island to join our sisters near and far is a crucial piece to solving this international epidemic. In order to end violence against Indigenous women and girls, we must continue to work collaboratively – sharing our stories and building strategic, interdisciplinary partnerships. We are stronger together.”
―Dawn Lavell-Harvard, Ph.D., President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada
The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is founded on the collective goal to enhance, promote, and foster the social, economic, cultural and political well-being of First Nations and Métis women within First Nation, Métis and Canadian societies. As a national organization representing Aboriginal women since 1974, NWAC’s mandate is to achieve equality for all Aboriginal women in Canada.
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