Rights, resources, representation: Indigenous women and girls in German development cooperation

Dear colleagues,

Indigenous women and girls play a key role as leaders, knowledge-bearers, and human rights and environmental defenders. At the same time, Indigenous women and girls face multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination and are disproportionately affected by gender-based violence. Nationally and internationally, awareness for the urgency of addressing these inequalities has been on the rise: The new strategy for the BMZ’s feminist development policy commits to strengthening the rights, resources, and representation of Indigenous women and girls. The recent General Recommendation No. 39 on the Rights of Indigenous Women and Girls by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) recognizes the specific situation of Indigenous women and girls and calls on States to address discrimination.


Join the sectoral programme human rights on 14 March to zoom-in on what it means to protect and defend Indigenous women´s rights and include Indigenous women and girls meaningfully in German development cooperation and beyond.


With contributions from:

  • Yasso Bhattachan, Indigenous Women’s Federation of Nepal, on the realities of Indigenous women and girls and their advocacy at national and international level, supported by International Working Group on Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA)
  • Claudia Gonzales del Valle Gonzales, GIZ Project “Strengthening the specialized justice system for violence against women”, Peru on justice and protection against violence against women from an intercultural approach
  • Shãtsi Piyãko (Maria Alexandrina da Silva Pinhanta), Indigenous film maker and  partner of the GIZ project “Living Territories- Contribution to the implementation of the principle Leave no one behind”, Brazil on empowering indigenous women in the context of territorial and environmental management in indigenous territories

Please feel free to share this event with interested colleagues!

Looking forward to your participation,


Constanze Huenting and Maren Kraushaar,

Sector Programme Human Rights


Join the session via MS Teams – here
Date: 14 March, 3.30-5.00 pm CET