Strategic litigation for the Fight against sexual violence and gender-based violence against indigenous women Research Incubator

Organization profile

Organization profile

Objective: Implement the Intercultural School of Justice for indigenous women of the Caribbean, focused on the identification and documentation of cases of VA and GBV related to the armed conflict in a report of the 4 participating peoples (Arhuaco, Wiwa, Kogui, Wayúu) with the support of 50 relevant indigenous men in these peoples. 

Description: Caribbean indigenous women have been particularly affected by the pandemic , in a region marked by armed violence, aggressive extractivism (which increased forced prostitution and human trafficking) and the perpetuation of gender inequality and racial discrimination . The COVID 19 crisis aggravated the Sexual and Gender-Based Violence suffered by indigenous women in indigenous territories militarized by the public forces and illegal armed actors, thus establishing a continuum between pre-existing violence and new forms with a clear differential impact of race and gender. In sum, in the midst of the institutional neglect of violence against indigenous women, local and national judicial authorities continue to fail to recognize their cultures, their own forms of spiritual litigation, and to address the specific obstacles to their access to indigenous, ordinary and peace justice. Therefore, a report will be prepared on these cases, which will be used before national and international institutions, constituting a key input for the selection of cases for the Strategic Litigation of VS and VBS. Simultaneously, the forms of spiritual litigation specific to women and their peoples will be strengthened, a training process will be developed in SR and GBV, ordinary and everyday violence, and prevention and denunciation routes will be established to strengthen women's sexual and reproductive rights, with the support of the men involved, facilitated by the precedent and lessons learned by the network of indigenous Guatemalan women of Sepur Zarco.

Research seedbed profile: The research seedbed "Strategic litigation for the fight against sexual violence (SV) and gender-based violence (GBV) against indigenous women" was created out of concern for the historical institutional neglect towards the recognition of justice and intervention in cases of SV and GBV of indigenous women. The seedbed is based on a process of real advocacy for indigenous women of the Caribbean; built from multiple academic branches (such as jurisprudence, human sciences, social sciences and health sciences) in order to implement the Intercultural School of Justice of indigenous women of the Caribbean, focused on the identification and documentation of cases of VS and GBV related to the armed conflict in a report of the 4 participating peoples (Arhuaco, Wiwa, Kogui, Wayúu). Without neglecting the strengthening of the forms of spiritual litigation specific to women and their peoples; taking into account the precedent and lessons learned by the network of indigenous Guatemalan women of Sepur Zarco.

Work methodology: The work team will develop: formative meetings, territorial tours and intergenerational conversations for the documentation of cases and healing. The work team will deepen in the ethnic and cultural perspective of indigenous strategic litigation practices and lessons learned by the international community, and in the specific case of Sepur Zarco of strategic litigation for sexual and gender-based violence (UN Women, 2019). As our own methodological techniques we will use: Spiritual sowing of the process; Implementation of the formative modules and development of territorial tours for the reparation and sacred reconciliation of the body of indigenous women with the territory: Pagamentos, women's circles and rituals in sacred sites; Elaboration of IAP projects for the documentation of emblematic cases, design and implementation of the processes of own reparation and in articulation with the respective institutions (Jaramillo, 2012); Elaboration of a report of VS and GBV against indigenous women of the Arhuaco, Wiwa, Kogui and Wayúu people.

Active lines or projects:

Violence, gender and justice.
Sexual violence, interculturality and peace building.
Popular education and participatory-action-research (PAR)
Indigenous women and intersectionality

Disciplines: Jurisprudence, human sciences (anthropology, sociology, journalism), political and international studies of FEIPU (political science and international relations), health sciences (psychology), memory, conflict and peace.

The seedbed has the participation of the University of Magdalena (especially the ORALOTECA del Caribe) and the International University of Andalusia (UNIA). In addition, the seedbed has the participation of the Faculty of Jurisprudence, the school of human sciences (anthropology, sociology, journalism), political and international studies of FEIPU, health sciences (psychology) and master's degree in memory, conflict and peace.

Schedule: Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 a.m.

 

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