ASSEMBLY OF MANITOBA CHIEFS
PLEASED TO HOST THE UNITED NATIONS COMMITTEE ON THE ELIMINATION OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN (CEDAW)
Winnipeg, MB- Sept. 12, 2013 The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) welcomed international expert members of the UN Committee to investigate member states action since signing onto the 1979 Convention for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women. Since 1992, the Committee requires national reports from member states who signed the Convention, to include statistical data on the incidence of violence against women, information on the provision of services for victims, and legislative and other measures taken to protect women against violence in their everyday lives.
While in Winnipeg, the CEDAW UN experts focused on the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women. As part of its strategy to ensure community perspective and family empowerment, the AMC promoted an inclusive agenda that put the voices of impacted families first and foremost. Experts met with families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and service providers who seek to prevent such loss, while offering grieving and healing resources to families. In addition, the experts met with AMC Grand Chief Derek Nepinak, Chief Francine Meeches of the Swan Lake First Nation and Chair of the AMC First Nations Women’s Committee, Chief Betsy Kennedy of War Lake, AFN Regional Chief Bill Traverse and several other leaders. The arrival of the UN experts was timely given the ongoing efforts of the AMC to push for a national inquiry on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
“AMC staff, with the help of the Native Women’s Association of Canada have coordinated with on and off-reserve community service organizations as well as many of the families most directly impacted by the unnecessary tragedies that unfold in our communities against Indigenous women and girls”, stated Grand Chief Derek Nepinak. “Our role in this process was about promoting empowerment to vulnerable families when their voices have the opportunity to carry to international forums like the United Nations” Grand Chief Nepinak concluded.
For the protection of privacy, security and safety of families, the meetings were closed to both the public and the media. Interested parties not directly involved in the proceedings and meeting with the UN Committee are encouraged to provide written submissions. The CEDAW welcomes written submissions by October 15, 2013 to be sent to:
Astrid Abecassis, Human Rights Officer, Human Rights Treaties Division, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights email@example.com