Kwey Kwey Friends and Family,
Please stand with me on this crucial human rights issue.
In the last several months I have been working on Indigenous women and girls with disabilities (#IWadWig) who are bigger targets of sexual violence. I completed a 90 page report that is now publicly available here:
More recently I submitted a written statement to the United Nations 79th General Discussion Session on CEDAW; and I was granted permission to offer an “oral intervention” on the topic. The actual date of the UN session is June 24, due to issues around my vision disability I pre-recorded my three-minute statement. See below.
Indigenous women and girls with disabilities are living a life of intersectional oppression and what I call “Triple Jeopardy Magnified”. Many are unable to defend themselves against sexual violence because they cannot see, hear, run, or move. Canada, and all Canadians really, need to do more to protect these Indigenous women and girls. They have the right to be free from sexual violence.