Nothing About Us Without Us
Beijing+20 and the Indigenous Women of the Americas: Progress, Gaps and Challenges
Series Indigenous peoples in action / 29
The Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing, China in September 1995, was a landmark in the development of proposals and goals for the exercise of women’s rights and progress towards gender equality. Similarly, it provided the chance to build new processes involving indigenous women, leading to the drafting of the Declaration of the Indigenous Women of the World in Beijing.
This conference also provided the chance to put forward different ways of viewing women’s problems. Governments and international organizations advocated for policies that promote and support the empowerment of women; feminists expressed a criticism of the patriarchal system, and pressed for gender equality and a participatory role of women in the development of public policies. We indigenous women pointed out the need to include the cultural dimension as an important core element when focusing on the problems of women; i.e. of women in the plural, not of a basic single model for all women.
The Beijing Platform and Action Plan which came about as a result of the Fourth Conference in 1995 have become the subject of analysis and constant evaluation, not only because of what was agreed by governments and the United Nations Organization, but through the need of women to build mechanisms that enable us to engage in dialogue and discussion with our governments and the international community.
In this process, we indigenous women have been working out proposals and evaluating the progress made by our respective countries. NOTHING ABOUT US WITHOUT US. Beijing+20 and the Indigenous Women of the Americas: Progress, Gaps and Challenges is a summary and assessment of what has been done and, as seen from our viewpoint as peoples, how we indigenous women are advocating the need to change the paradigms and transform the relationships of power so as to enable the transition to a society of rights, where all women, peoples and society in general might exercise the right to freedom and sovereignty over their own future.
Editor: CHIRAPAQ, Inclusión y Equidad, ECMIA, CHIRAPAQ
Sponsored by: Ford Foundation