Presentations and reports recommended at the UN
Elected NSW State Director the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance (NATSIWA)
• Violence against women is also high, while the government has cut funding to refuges and women’s services.
-Rape of Aboriginal women is 6 times that of other Australian women
-Of these assaults, 42% is committed by non-Aboriginal men,
41% Aboriginal and by 17% both.
In 2011 my focus was women and violence. With the massacres of invasion and dispossession experienced directly by my grand-parents parents, this brutality is part of our very recent past. So it continues to impact on our communities through high levels of intergenerational trauma and violence towards women, which is worse in communities where there is a greater breakdown of our culture.
The Intervention and recommendation I drafted and presented on Indigenous Women was for the Australian Aboriginal Caucus and went under the Implementation of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People Agenda Item. The last two recommendations were adopted into the Forum’s final report. These recommendations were:
1 That the Permanent Forum undertake a study into Indigenous women and girls and violence under article 22(2) of the Declaration; and
2. That the UNPFII hold an expert workshop on Indigenous women and violence.