Today kicks off the 8th annual United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, which runs through May 29th. Like most conferences and meetings at the United Nations, participants have to register in advance, so you can’t just wander in and check things out. But since the meeting brings a lot of really fascinating activists to New York, there are other events that are open to the public, like this screening and panel: Intercultural Reproductive Health in Latin America. The event takes place on Tuesday, May 26, 2009 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Jolly Hotel Madison Towers, 22 East 38 Street, New York City. If you’re interested in attending, today is the last day to RSVP, which you can do by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Among the panelists is IWHC colleague Tarcila Rivera Zea (pictured above), who is a Quechuan activist from Peru who has devoted over 20 years of her life to defend and seek recognition and acknowledgement of Peruvian Indigenous peoples and cultures. Her contributions to the empowerment of indigenous children and women have resulted in the creation of the Permanent Workshop of Andean and Amazon Indigenous Women of Peru, the International Forum of Indigenous Women of the Americas and the Continental Link of Indigenous Women of the Americas.
Here are the films that are screening:
“Nurses on the Frontline” – Bolivia
“Following Alba” – Ecuador
“Impact of Maternal Mortality on Indigenous Women” – Guatemala
“Interculturality: A Perspective to Reduce Maternal Mortality in Indigenous Territories” – Mexico
For bonus online viewing and to learn about the indigenous struggle and efforts to work with the UN, check out this 2006 film, Indigenous Peoples and the United Nations.