From November 16 to 19, the Wapikoni, as a member of the International Network of Aboriginal Audiovisual Creation (INAAC) participated in the seventh Meeting of Indigenous Women of the Americas organized by Chirapaq (the Centre for Indigenous Cultures of Peru) and the Continental Network of Indigenous Women of the Americas. This meeting took place in Guatemala City, where more than 300 women from the three Americas were to discuss progress and challenges that women face in exercising their rights in the international institutional scene.
Melanie Lumsden, an active participant of the Wapikoni, participated in the meeting to talk about the importance of video as a mean of dissemination and learning tool for Aboriginal women. The aim was to communicate with the attendees the importance of developing their own technology skills in order to contribute to women's rights implementation.
Rigoberta Menchú, Nobel Peace Prize, was attending this meeting and made a speech. Also, the chairman of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, José Francisco Cali Tzay, shared the progress made by Indigenous women in the UN.
Representatives of Amnesty International, the Ford Foundation, the World Bank, the Indigenous Fund, and United Nations agencies such as the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, UN Women and UNFPA, among others, discussed with Indigenous leaders of various issues to explore cooperation and collaborative avenues.
For more informations on the event : http://mujerindigena.com/