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Violence against indigenous women, ‘legacy of colonialism’ rooted in racism

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

"Indigenous women and girls face grave, systematic, and continuous acts of violence that permeate every aspect of their lives, a UN-appointed independent rights expert said on Wednesday in a hard hitting report to the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

'This violence is rooted in historic and unequal patriarchal power structures, racism, exclusion, and marginalization enabled by a legacy of colonialism,' said the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Reem Alsalem, on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, perpetrators continue to go free, without consequences.

'The level of impunity…both State and non-State actors enjoy, is alarming, and the scale and seriousness of violence experienced by indigenous women and girls are inadequately reflected in data collection, legislation, or public policies,' Ms. Alsalem spelled out."

Read the full article here.