For Immediate Release
MADRE Partner Speaks at the Opening of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)
WASHINGTON - Monica Aleman, coordinator of MADRE's partner organization, the International Indigenous Women's Forum (FIMI), spoke at the high-level round table on the first day of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) on March 1, 2010.
Monica spoke of the importance of including Indigenous Peoples into national and international processes. In her words:
are we here? We are here because we are Indigenous Peoples who are
resisting; we are Indigenous Peoples who are surviving; and we are
Indigenous Peoples who confronted with a complex and diverse scenario.
we are faced with a time which offers us opportunities. We are 300
million in our people and we speak six thousand different languages. We
are not victims, distinguished ministers. We are a potential that we
must make use of."
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MADRE is an international women's human rights organization that works in partnership with community-based women's organizations worldwide to address issues of health and reproductive rights, economic development, education, and other human rights. MADRE provides resources, training, and support to enable our sister organizations to meet concrete needs in their communities while working to shift the balance of power to promote long-term development and social justice. Since we began in 1983, MADRE has delivered nearly 25 million dollars worth of support to community-based women's organizations in Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, the Balkans, and the United States. For more information about MADRE, visit our website at www.madre.org.