Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women
Indigenous women in North America face more violence than any other population of women in the same area. So much so that it has been described as genocide, an epidemic of violence.
From the day they are born, Indigenous women and girls are at high risk of abuse, violence and death. Abused, Missing, Murdered.
- In the USA, 1 in 3 Indigenous Women are sexually assaulted in their lifetime.
- Indigenous Women are almost 3x more likely to be killed by a stranger than non-Indigenous Women.
- Indigenous women make up 4.3% of the Canadian population, yet they represent 16% of all female murder victims and 11.3% of all missing women cases.
And yet the issue remains one with little government or state attention.
Indigenous women and girls are victims to these levels of violence and abuse due to racism, sexism and systems built on a colonial history.
Indigenous Women are socially, economically, and politically marginalised and high levels of poverty and homelessness contribute to their vulnerability.
Indigenous Women and Girls are innocent victims to a violent world.
Over the last 2 decades, some change has occurred due to, and to combat, this epidemic. The REDress Project, The Native Womens Association of Canada, Families of Sisters in Spirit and No More Silence are just some of the organisations and projects involved in the protection of Indigenous women, and act to bring attention to the issue in an attempt to kickstart change.
However, law enforcement is unable to give the issue the necessary time and resources due to restraints on these resources. Law enforcement simply does not have the capacity to combat such an extensive issue, so widespread throughout North America.