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NWAC calls for an international alliance to end human trafficking of Indigenous women and girls at 63rd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

Ottawa, ON- This week, the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is attending the 63rd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the UN headquarters in New York.

Today, NWAC will be attending a session hosted by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) on “Preventing the Trafficking of Women and Girls for Sexual Exploitation: Understanding States Obligations to Address Demand Under the Palermo Protocol.” We must address the overrepresentation of Indigenous women as victims of human trafficking globally.

In Canada, Indigenous women make up four per cent of the population, but are roughly 50% of the trafficking victims. We know this is not only a Canadian issue, but an international issue as well. Around the world, Indigenous women experience violence at disproportionate rates. It is time for an international commitment to address these issues.

Within NWAC’s recently signed Accord with Canada, our first priority is to improve the well-being of Indigenous women, which includes addressing domestic and international human trafficking. NWAC emphasizes that human trafficking has no boundaries or borders, and calls for an international alliance of women to end human trafficking.

Our women and girls deserve better. Let’s work together to create a safer future for Indigenous women globally.


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Please contact: Lucy Juneau – Director of Communications.

ljuneau@nwac.ca 343-997-3756

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About The Native Women’s Association of Canada
The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is a National Indigenous Organization representing the political voice of Indigenous women, girls, transgender, Two-Spirit, and gender-diverse people in Canada, inclusive of First Nations on and off reserve, status and non-status, disenfranchised, Métis and Inuit. An aggregate of Indigenous women’s organizations from across the country, NWAC was founded on the collective goal to enhance, promote and foster the social, economic, cultural and political well-being of Indigenous women within their respective communities and Canada societies.

À propos de l'Association des femmes autochtones du Canada

L'Association des femmes autochtones du Canada (AFAC) est une organisation autochtone nationale qui représente la voix politique des femmes, des filles, des transgenres, des bispirituels et des personnes de sexe différent au Canada, y compris les membres des Premières nations vivant dans les réserves et hors réserve, les Indiens inscrits et non inscrits, les personnes privées de leurs droits, les Métis et les Inuits. Regroupant des organisations de femmes autochtones de tout le pays, l'AFAC a été fondée dans le but collectif d'améliorer, de promouvoir et de favoriser le bien-être social, économique, culturel et politique des femmes autochtones au sein de leurs communautés respectives et des sociétés canadiennes.