The Global Indigenous Women’s Caucus focused on the issues of health, education, and culture during a preparatory meeting prior to the 12th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), which is taking place in New York City May 20-31.
The Global Indigenous Women’s Caucus (GIWC) planning meeting on May 17 attracted an unexpectedly high number of women – more than 200 – who flocked to the Church Center of the U.N. for the all day session. “We were worried about having enough food but it was like the loaves and the fishes, we even had food left over,” joked Tonya Gonnella Frichner (Onondaga Nation), the president and founder of the American Indian Law Alliance and former North American Regional Representative to the UNPFII. (Related story: Tonya Gonnella Frichner Among Honory Degree Recipients at Colby College)
Within just a few days of the meeting, the GIWC had prepared statements that will be presented to the Permanent Forum on health, education and culture – three areas which will be reviewed at this year’s session in terms of recommendation made in previous years by the UNFPII . . .