Violence against indigenous women

6 November 2007

Across the world, Indigenous women suffer disproportionately from all forms of violence, including sexual violence.

Indigenous women have the right to live free from violence.

Violence against Indigenous women is not only a crime or a social issue.  It is a human rights abuse.

Indigenous women face the specific burdens of discrimination and violence directed against them because they are women, and because they are also Indigenous peoples.  The additional discrimination to which they are subjected as Indigenous people compounds the nature of the human rights abuses they contend with as women.

For example, in the USA, acts of sexual violence against Indigenous women are widespread; Native American and Alaska Native women are at least 2.5 times more likely to be raped or sexually assaulted than women in the USA in general.

What Amnesty International is doing

We are, for example, supporting and working with Native American and Alaska Native women in demanding:
  • full and timely investigation, prosecution and appropriate punishment for all cases of rape and other forms of sexual violence.
  • access to free, adequate, timely sexual assault forensic examinations for Native American and Alaska Native women survivors of sexual violence.
  • that the authorities’ response to these human rights abuses be grounded in plans of action developed in collaboration with Indigenous women.


How you can help