Violence Against Women: Breaking the silence on violence against indigenous girls

Violence against women and girls is a pervasive human rights violation that persists in every country in the world and cuts across all socioeconomic groups and cultures. Nevertheless, a UN study launched today highlights that indigenous girls are at heightened risk due to the multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination they face.

Such discrimination has been caused or amplified by colonial domination, limited access to social services, militarization and dispossession from ancestral lands – all of which increase the vulnerability of indigenous people to violence and limit their ability to seek protection and recourse.

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