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The rights of Indigenous women and girls: Submission to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women on the occasion of the day of general discussion for the elaboration of a General Recommendation

, Index number: IOR 40/4313/2021

Amnesty International welcomes the call of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) for submissions in relation to its day of discussion on the rights of Indigenous women and girls, subsequent to which it will draft a General Recommendation on the issue. The comments below focus on specific issues that we hope the Committee will address in the draft, in relation to the application of an intersectionality perspective, the impact of large-scale resource development projects on Indigenous women and girls, forced evictions, forced and coerced sterilization, and violence, including sexual violence, against Indigenous women and girls. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of issues facing Indigenous women, girls, transgender and non-binary people, but includes preliminary observations building on the findings from Amnesty International’s research that might be of use to the Committee.

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