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MADRE Partner Speaks at the Opening of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)


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 partners with community-based women's groups to advance women's human rights, challenge injustice and create social change in contexts of war, conflict, disaster and their aftermath. MADRE advocates for a world in which all people enjoy individual and collective human rights; natural resources are shared equitably and sustainably; women participate effectively in all aspects of society; and all people have a meaningful say in policies that affect their lives. For more information about MADRE, visit