International Symposium on Environmental Violence against Indigenous Women

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Columbia University, 14-15 April 2018

Jerome Greene Hall 103, Columbia Law School, 116th Street and Amsterdam 


Focus: Advancing research and assessing impacts of Environmental Violence on Indigenous Women and Girls

The 3rd International Indigenous Women’s Symposium on Environment and Reproductive Health will be held in Columbia University on 14-15 April 2018. Focus of the International Symposium will be on advancing research and assessing impacts of Environmental Violence on Indigenous Women and Girls.

The broader goals of the symposium are  (1) to contribute to awareness about the multi-dimensional aspects and impacts of violence against Indigenous women and girls including environmental violence; (2)  build and strengthen networks and alliances for research and advocacy between Indigenous women from various regions and the scientific and academic communities; (3) and to build awareness among diverse constituencies, including the broader movements addressing violence against Indigenous women and girls.

The Symposium aims to share and assess the state of research and case studies on reproductive health and environmental violence and identify need for further key studies and research; to systematize, share and strengthen findings in this field; share experiences of using international mechanisms addressing human rights, environment and sustainable development to seek solutions to the problem; identify gaps and points of further action for various actors, including Indigenous organizations, states, the private sector, intergovernmental bodies, academia, scientists  and others; advance  the global attention on the problem of environmental violence, and contribute to awareness, advocacy and policy change on this issue on the local, national, regional and international levels.

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Organized and co-sponsored by the International Indigenous Women’s Forum (FIMI), the International Indian Treaty Council (IITC) and the Institute for the Study of Human Rights (Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Program) at Columbia University 

Co-sponsored by the Fondo Indígena, MADRE, Alaska Community Action on Toxics and Tribal Link Foundation; and, on Columbia’s side, by the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, the Native American Law Students Association, and If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice, Columbia Law School; the Center for the Study of Social Difference and the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race.