This report presents the issues of adivasi/tribal women who came together to voice their concerns at state, national and international levels. The Inter State Adivasi Women‘s Network (ISAWN) and Indigenous Women‘s Forum of North East India (IWFNEI) together started the preparation process of this report.
This report reflects the situation of Adivasi/tribal peoples across India who are facing human rights violations to their individual and collective rights. Indigenous women are experiencing multiple layers of discrimination and violence not only because they are women, but also because they are indigenous. Thus, this report makes reference primarily to CEDAW but also included the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Further, this report is a response to the report of the Indian Government submitted to the Committee on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). A network of more than 30 organizations has been part of this report preparation process. Since September 2013, after the training on human rights documentation, CEDAW and its mechanism, many grassroots level women started documenting the cases of violence in their own region. Around 70 cases of violence against adivasi/tribal women were collected from adivasi/tribal villages. Further, this report including the recommendations was enriched during the National Consultation on the ―Situation of Indigenous Women in India: Ways Forward. This meeting was held on June 10, 2014 and participated by 68 adivasi/tribal women leaders from 12 states of India with the supported by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP).
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