PRI and the Quaker UN Office delivered this joint oral statement at the Annual Day of Discussion on Women’s Rights at the 32nd Regular Session of the Human Rights Council on 16 June 2016. The morning panel focused on ‘Violence against indigenous women and girls and its root causes’.
The statement highlighted:
- the disproportionate high rates of indigenous women in prison, for example in Canada 1 in 3 federally imprisoned women are Aboriginal; in New Zealand over 50 per cent of the female prison population are indigenous Maori
- violence plays a significant role in the pathways to prison and for indigenous women this is compounded by inter-sectional discrimination based on race and gender
- indigenous women in prison face greater risks of violence in prison, by correctional officers and fellow prisoners, and often face discrimination in accessing rehabilitation programmes that are appropriate
- member states should look to the UN Bangkok Rules to address the violence faced by indigenous women prior to prison, and also to implement specific measures to ensure discrimination and violence is eliminated in prison
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