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11 Mar 2015

Ellen-Rose Kambel , Forest Peoples

Toolkit to help indigenous women access the Inter-American system highlights impacts by extractive industries

“Indigenous women and the Inter-American human rights system: a toolkit on mechanisms” – March 6, 2015

...The toolkit is designed to help indigenous women and their advocates to use the system effectively…[In the region the] introduction of extractive industries is often accompanied by a rise in various forms of violence against indigenous women. Women who protest against mining companies may face physical as well as sexual harassment from company or State security guards. A rise in violence resulting from domestic disputes and increased alcohol and drug abuse is also commonly associated with the introduction of extractive industries in indigenous communities. Indigenous women who are victims of violence face particular barriers when seeking access to justice, including police unwillingness to carry out investigations and protect them, due to racial and ethnic discrimination, lack of economic resources to hire legal representation, and language barriers within the state judicial system…Finally, indigenous women and their specific concerns and priorities are frequently excluded from consultation and consent procedures about resource extraction… Access the toolkit in English or Spanish