COMMITTEE ON THE ELIMINATION OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN

Day general discussion on "the rights of indigenous women and girls"

During its 79th session, scheduled to be held online from 21 June to 1 July 2021, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women will hold a virtual day of general discussion on the rights of indigenous women and girls, organized by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The purpose of the day of general discussion is to stimulate debate and seek inputs for the elaboration by the Committee of a General Recommendation on the rights of indigenous women and girls. The aim of the General Recommendation will be to provide guidance to States parties to the Convention on the measures they should adopt to ensure full compliance with their obligations under the Convention to respect and protect the rights of indigenous women and girls. 

Date, venue and themes 

The general discussion will be held online (link will be provided closer to the date) on Thursday, 24 June 2021 from 12h30 to 14h30 and from 16h00 to 18h00 (Geneva time) to accommodate different time zones. It will be divided into two thematic segments as follows:

  • 12h30 to 14h30 - Part 1: “Equality and non-discrimination with a focus on indigenous women and girls and intersecting forms of discrimination”
  • 16h00 to 18h00 - Part 2: “Effective participation, consultation and consent of indigenous women and girls in political and public life”

Participation 

The Committee invites States parties to the CEDAW Convention, United Nations entities and specialized agencies, other human rights mechanisms, international and regional intergovernmental organizations, national human rights institutions, non-governmental organizations, academics and other interested stakeholders to participate in the general discussion and provide written submissions.

Written submissions 

Written submissions on either of the aforementioned themes of the general discussion should be sent electronically in Word format to Marco Zanin, Human Rights Officer, at mzanin@ohchr.org, indicating "Submission - General discussion on GRIWAG" in the subject. 

Submissions must not exceed a maximum of 3,300 words and must be received by 18 June 2021 at the latest.  Written contributions will not be translated and should, therefore, be submitted in English, French or Spanish, the working languages of the Committee. 

Registration and oral Interventions 

During the day of general discussion, time will be allocated for oral statements.  Representatives of States parties to the Convention, United Nations entities and specialized agencies, national human rights institutions, non-governmental organizations and other interested stakeholders wishing to deliver a brief statement not exceeding 3 minutes must indicate their intention to do so and must send their statements electronically in Word format to Marco Zanin at mzanin@ohchr.org by 18 June 2021 at the latest, indicating "Registration - General discussion on GRIWAG" in the subject. 

The Committee will try to accommodate all requests for oral interventions. However, it cannot guarantee that all stakeholders who wish to take the floor will be able to do so due to time constraints and depending on the number of requests received. The Committee reserves the right to organize the list of speakers at its discretion. 

Further information 

For further information on the day of general discussion, kindly contact the Secretariat of the Committee by e-mail at: mzanin@ohchr.org or at cedaw@ohchr.org.

Documentation

Agenda

Opening remarks

Mr. Paulo David, Chief, Indigenous Peoples and Minorities Section (IPMS), Rule of Law, Equality, and Non-Discrimination Branch, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Introduction of the general reccomendation on indigenous women and girls

Ms. Gladys Acosta-Vargas, Chair of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)

Moderators

  • PART 1 – Ms. Marion Bethel, Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
  • PART 2 – Ms. Nahla Haidar, Member, Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)

Keynote speakers 

  • PART 1:
    • Mr. Francisco Calí Tzay, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples
    • Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Founder and Executive Director of Tebtebba Foundation (Indigenous Peoples' Centre for Policy Research and Education)
    • Ms. Laila Vars, Chair of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP)
  • PART 2:
    • Ms. Anne Nuorgam, President of United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII)
    • Ms. Tarcila Rivera Zea, President of the Executive Council of CHIRAPAQ, Centro de Culturas Indígenas del Perú

Oral statements by States parties 

Oral statements by UN entities and specialized agencies, national human rights institutions, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders

Wrap up and closing remarks

Ms. Gladys Acosta-Vargas, Chair of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)


Country-specific information