JOINT SUBMISSION TO UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women: Equality and Non-discrimination with a Focus on Indigenous Women and Girls and Intersecting Forms of Discrimination

The HIV Legal Network and the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) make this submission in support of the plan of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (“CEDAW Committee”) to develop a new General Recommendation on Indigenous women on the topic of “equality and non-discrimination with a focus on Indigenous women and girls and intersecting forms of discrimination.” In particular, our organizations would like to provide information to the CEDAW Committee on violations of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (“CEDAW Convention”) with respect to the human rights of Indigenous women living with HIV, Indigenous women who sell or trade sex, and Indigenous women who use drugs.

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