International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, August 9, 2022

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On August 9, UN Women commemorates the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples. This year, the theme, which focuses on "Indigenous Languages", calls for the revitalization, preservation, and promotion of indigenous languages worldwide. 

On the commemoration of the International Day of Indigenous Peoples, UN Women calls for the need to recover, preserve and maintain their languages and highlight the fundamental role that indigenous women play in this vital task, reaffirming their right to have their voices, diverse and a sample of the cultural richness they represent, heard loud and clear in all the spaces they inhabit, not only in the home and family but also in the political, social, economic and cultural space.  

We consider it fundamental that this year the process is underway to implement General Recommendation 39 within the framework of the CEDAW on the rights of indigenous women and girls, which recognizes their individual and collective rights, including the right to equality and non-discrimination; to a life free of violence; to political participation and representation; to health, education and work; to self-determination; to resources such as land, water and food, and to access to justice, among others. 

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Indigenous women play a vital role in the preservation and transmission of traditional knowledge

The preservation and transmission of traditional knowledge is the theme of this year’s commemoration of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. It is an opportunity to celebrate indigenous women’s rich knowledge about the natural world, health, technologies, distinct rites and rituals, and other significant cultural expressions. Generation after generation, women pass on this traditional knowledge, which is a precious inheritance. Read more

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