How Can International Advocacy Reduce Violence Against Native Women?

While advocacy on the domestic level is vital, it is important to recognize that violence against Native American women also has implications in the international arena.  The United States government's failure to respond to the epidemic of violence against Native American women is a human rights violation under international law.  Advocacy at the international level can complement and strengthen advocacy efforts on the domestic level. 

International advocacy can:
•  raise awareness of and inform the international community about the epidemic of violence against Native women;
•  educate legislators and policy makers in the United States about their international human rights obligations to Native women;
•  provide new legal arguments for increasing protection of Native women from violence;
•  mobilize other human rights groups to engage with the United States on this issue;
•  allow international human rights bodies to comment on United States' actions and whether they meet the United States' international obligations; and
•  increase pressure on the United States by shaming it in the international arena. 

How Can International Human Rights Law be Used to Reduce Violence Against Native Women?
If you can write a letter or email your member of Congress, you can use international human rights to end violence against Native women.  It is really that simple.
Here are a few examples of how Native women's organizations and tribes have engaged in advocacy at the international level to reduce violence against Native women.

Center delivers recommendations to the UN Human Rights Council to stop violence against indigenous women |  June 19, 2015

Center and partners file shadow report on U.S. compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights | October 2013

Advocating for Native Women in the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights