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World Conference of Indigenous Women: Progress And Challenges Regarding The Future We Want

On October 28 - 30, 2013 in Lima, Peru over 200 Indigenous women from all over the globe will gather in preparation for the UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples in September 2014. The conference is a strategic opportunity that will enable Indigenous youth and women from the seven regions of the world to be informed, reach consensus and establish a common, political statement as a world-level Indigenous women's  movement.

Indigenous women from various regions of the world have made great efforts to ensure that, together, their demands are heard. They have had a key role in the negotiation process of the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples that was adopted finally in 2007 and also in the establishment of several specific mechanisms in the United Nations framework. The participation of Indigenous women in the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues is an example, where their voices have transmitted their recommendations on issues including health, education, food, environment, economic autonomy, political participation, and violence against indigenous women, among others. 

The high-level UN plenary meeting in 2014, World Conference on Indigenous Peoples' goal is to exchange views and best practices on the implementation of the rights of Indigenous Peoples, including the fulfilment of the objectives of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Meanwhile, the United Nations and other international organizations are leading processes of consultation within the scope of the Millennium Development Goals, Post-2015 Development Agenda, and the definition of Sustainable Development Goals. In addition, consultations on Cairo+20, Beijing+20 the end of the Second Decade of Indigenous Peoples are taking place. Today, all these discussions will contribute to the 2015 global agenda and the inclusion of indigenous perspectives, especially indigenous women, is imperative.

The World Conference of Indigenous Women "Progress and Challenges Regarding the Future We Want¨will take place under the coordination of the Continental Network of Indigenous Women of the Americas - ECMIA and the International Indigenous Women's Forum (FIMI).  Also involved in this process are the Alianza de Mujeres Indígenas de Centroamérica  y México, CHIRAPAQCentre for Indigenous Cultures of Peru, AIPP, the Africa Indigenous Women's Organization, the Indigenous Information Network, the Asian Indigenous Women's Network,  and the Indigenous Pacific Women's Network .

This global conference, with global participation, will promote opportunities for dialogue, the generation of consensual proposals and the establishment of political statements based on indigenous women's perspectives at global level. The Conference will also contribute to advocacy at international processes advancing towards 2015 and the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. 

General Objective

The collective generation of key advocacy tools to ensure the validity and recognition of the human rights of indigenous children, youth and women at the different international processes such as Cairo +20, Beijing +20, Post-2015, MDGs, and the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. 

Specific Objectives

  • Review the progress made since the adoption of the Cairo Plan of Action, Beijing Platform of Action, and MDGs, and discuss and develop proposals orientated towards the Post-2015 framework.
  • Agree on priorities, coordination mechanisms and expected results for the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples to be held in 2014, including progress made during the Second Decade of the World's Indigenous Peoples and the implementation of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
  • Share experiences, progress and good practices of participation and advocacy in the agenda items.

Expected outcomes 

  • Common agenda agreed by indigenous women globally, marking a milestone in the indigenous women's movement and advocacy in different scenarios. 
  • Global political statements at the 2014 conference (Cairo +20, MDG and WCIP) and the Post-2015 Agenda.
  • Strategic alliances strengthened among indigenous women's regional networks thus promoting a major dissemination and exchange of information regarding the UN actions on women and indigenous peoples. 
  • Establishment of a Global Advocacy Committee to advocate at scenarios and Post-2015 events.


  • Assessing the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Second Decade of Indigenous Peoples.
  • Progress in the implementation and proposals for Cairo+20 and Beijing +20.
  • Indigenous women and youth within the Post-2015 agenda.

    Indigenous women interested in participating in the World Conference of Indigenous Women "Progress and Challenges Regarding the Future We Want¨ should write an e-mail to: and/or

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Preliminary Program


Sunday October 27 2013

17.00 - 19.00

Registration of participants.

19.00 - 20.00

Sisterly welcome.

20.00 - 21.30

Dinner of integration.







Monday October 28 2013

7.45 - 8.30

Registration of participants.

8.30  - 9.00

Spiritual Ceremony led by regional spiritual leaders.

9.00  - 9.15

Host organizations’ words of welcome:

  • Representatives of ECMIA and FIMI.
  • UN Women representative, Ford Foundation, the United Nations system in Peru.

9.15 - 9.45

Regional representative’s words of welcome.

  • Indigenous Representative of Latin American region.
  • Indigenous Representative of Africa region.
  • Indigenous Representative of Asia region.
  • Indigenous Representative of Arctic region.
  • Indigenous Representative from the North region.
  • Indigenous Representative of Pacific region.
  • Indigenous Representative of region Russia.

9.45. - 10.00

Opening words

  • Representative of the Peruvian State.

10.00  - 10.15

Presentation of the program and the of the World Conference of Indigenous Women (WCIW) and Election of the Drafting Committee of the Positioning Document

10.15 - 10.30


10.30  - 12.40

Panel 1: From Beijing to Lima. Empowerment of indigenous women of the world, progress and challenges

Moderator: Monica Aleman

  • Representative of Latin American region.
  • Representative of Africa region.
  • Representative of Asia region.
  • Representative of Arctic region.
  • Representative from the North region.
  • Representative of Pacific region.
  • Representative of Russian region.

12.40 - 13.00

Questions, comments and answers

13.00 - 14.30


       14.30 - 15.30

Panel 2: World Conference on Indigenous Peoples 2014 (WCIP 2014)


Moderator:  Myrna Cunnigham

  • Representative of the Global Coortinator Group (GCG) .
  • Representative of the Mexican Government.
  • Representative of PGA.
  • Kanyinke Seine – UNPFII.
  • Vicky Tauli Corpuz, Co-chair of the meeting of High.
  • Representative of the Experte Mechanism on Indigenous Peoples’ Rigths.

15.30 - 15.45

Comments, questions and answers

15.45 - 16.00


16.00 – 17.45

Working Groups WCIW 2014:

Group 1- Territory of the indigenous peoples, resources of the earth, oceans and waters; Right to free, prior and informed consent.

Facilitators: UNFPII and GCG.

Group 2- Implementation of the rights of indigenous peoples and actions of States and the United Nations system.

Facilitators: UNFPII and GCG.

Group 3 - Indigenous women's participation in the negotiation phase to the States and the United Nations.

Facilitators: UNFPII and GCG.

Group 4- Improving communication and information on the World Conference 2014: How can we share our messages?

Facilitators: UNFPII and GCG.

Group 5- Indigenous women political participation and demographic dynamics in Latin American countries. Inspirational experiences.

Facilitators: UN Women and UNDP

Group 6 – Learning from our Wise Women

Facilitators: Elder and Young Women

17.45 – 18.45

Plenary Meeting

Moderator: Will be defined

19.30 – 20.30

Cultural Night: Indigenous Dances and Music, sponsored by the Peruvian Culture Ministry. 

21.00 – 22.00


       Day: Tuesday October 29, 2013


8.00 - 8.30

Spiritual Ceremony led by regional spiritual leaders.

8.30 - 9.20

Panel 3: Cairo +20. Commitments, progress, and challenges.

Moderator: Tarcila Rivera Zea

  • UNFPA Representative
  • Representative of the Uruguay Government.
  •  Representative of the Dutch Government.
  • Representative of the Young Indigenous Women.
  • Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

9.20 - 9. 45

Questions, comments and answers.

9.45 - 10.00


10.00 - 11.00

Panel 4: Beijing +20. Commitments, challenges and progress Moderator: Vicky Tauli.

  • Representative of UN Women.
  • Representative of  CEDAW
  • Member of the CSW - Government of El Salvador
  • Indigenous Women Representative


11.00 - 13.00


Working Groups of Cairo +20 and Beijing +20.

Group 1- Sexual and reproductive health

  • Universal access to health care.
  • Preventing adolescent pregnancy and unwanted pregnancy.
  • Prevention of STDs and HIV
  • Environmental Health     
  • Sexual and reproductive health and the extractive industries.

Facilitator: Asia

Group 2 - Safe motherhood and intercultural health.

  • Reduce maternal and infant mortality.
  • Participation of indigenous specialists in intercultural health services.
  • Assessment  and recognition of the ancestral knowledge and indigenous medicine
  • Spiritual healing.

Facilitator: Russia and Pacific.

 Group 3 - Visibility and statistics

  • Visibility of indigenous women in the national registers broken down by ethnicity, gender, and age.
  • Visibility of indigenous women in disaggregated studies, research and diagnostics.
  • Public policies and budgets.

Facilitator: LAC

Group 4 - Sexual and reproductive rights and culture:

  • Forced marriage.
  • Female genital mutilation and other types of violence.
  • Ancestral and ordinary justice.
  • Free, prior and informed consent on our bodies

Facilitator: Africa

 Group 5 - Political participation, empowerment and incidence on public policies.

  • Power, decision making and consultation.
  • Public policies and indigenous women.

Facilitator: FIMI

Group 6 - The eradication of violence against women.

  • Gender-based Violence
  • Loss of territories, invasion.
  • Sexual exploitation and forced pregnancy.
  • Female genital mutilation, lacerations, and other forms of physical violence.
  • Strategies and healing.

Facilitator: Arctic and North


13.00 - 14.30



14.30 – 15.20


Panel 5.  Millenium Development Goals  and the Post 2015 Development Agenda.

Moderator: Representative of Pacific





  • MDG and indigenous peoples – Representatives of FIMI and ONIC.
  • The declaration of Rio +20 and its follow-up - Joji Carino and representative of COICA.
  • Post 2015 Consultation Process - Chandra Roy, Secretariat of UNPFII.
  • Human Rights and businesses – Representative of CAOI.
  • Inputs from UN Women – Representative of UN Women.

15.20 – 15.30

Questions, comments and answers

15.30 - 15.45


15.45 – 17.30

Working Groups of the MDG and Post 2015 Development Agenda:

Group 1- Less than 1000 days to end with the MDGS. Lessons learned by indigenous women.

Facilitator: FIMI

Group 2 - Climate change negotiations and Sustainable Development Goals. What are our main concerns?

Facilitator: Vicky Tauli Corpuz.

 Group 3 - Biodiversity, traditional knowledge systems, sustainable development and self-determined nutrition, medicine, biodiversity, and intellectual property.

Facilitator: Lucy Mulenkei and Florina Lopez.

Group 4 - The Guadalajara consultation. Major concerns of indigenous peoples. How to include them in the development of the agenda post 2015.

Facilitator: Youth Network.

Group 5 - Inequality, government and gender equality. Major concerns in relation to the Post 2015 Agenda.

Facilitator: UNFPII and UN Women.

Group 6 - Human rights and business. Report of Medellin and its follow-up.

Facilitator: CAOI, the Government of Colombia and Pavel Sulyandziga

17.30 - 19.30

Plenary meeting

  • Reports of the groups in the morning and afternoon.

19.30 - 20.30


20.30 - 21.30

Intercultural interaction between the representatives of the different regions.

         Day: Wednesday, 30 October 2013

7.45 - 8.15

Spiritual Ceremony 

8.15 - 10.15

Strategic Meetings Workshops

Group 1- Indigenous peoples’ self-determinated development.

  • Indigenous Vision and development proposal.
  • Access to decent jobs.
  • Economic Equity.
  • Discrimination in the workplace
  • Universal access to quality education.
  • Territorial rights.
  • Empowerment and economic development.

Facilitator: ¿?

Group 2- Food security and sovereignty, and the role of indigenous women .

  • FAO policies and indigenous women

Facilitator: ¿?

Group 3 – Investing in Indigenous Women

Facilitator: Ford Foundation, Christensen Fund, UN Women, Global Fund for Women.


Group 4- How to use the instruments of the United Nations to protect the rights of indigenous women.

Facilitator: Lisa Davis and Rose Cunningham (MADRE)

Group 5 - ICTs and indigenous women and girls.

Facilitator: ¿?

Group 6 - Strengthening the global movement of indigenous women. Facilitator: Regional Networks

10.15 -  10.30


10.30  - 11.30


11.30 - 14.00

Public Act


14.00 - 15.30


15.00 - 20.00

Free Time

20.00 - 22.00


  • Reading of the document of political positioning with proposals and consensus agreements.
  • Reading the strategy developed by the negotiating team.

22.00 – 00.00

Closing Activity