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Honoring International Women's Day
Black & white photo of a group of Native Americans standing in front of a set of step for a building that appears to be a government building. In the center of the group of people a native women, her face in full color, has a red handprint on her face.
Featured image for NRCDV's annual celebration of International Women's Day (IWD).

"The Silenced Sister" by Cody Hammer, member of the Cherokee Nation and descendant of the Muskogee Creek Nation.

This International Women’s Day, the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC) and the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) partner to honor the survival and resiliency of our Indigenous sisters, grandmothers, mothers, daughters, and aunties, despite enduring generations of forced colonization and genocide. Homicide is a leading cause of death for Native women, and compared to their white counterparts Native women are five times as likely to have experienced physical violence by a non-Native intimate partner.

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Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) continues to be a serious crisis within the United States. Together, we call for prayer and healing in response to this violence, but we also demand meaningful legislative reforms that remove barriers to safety for Indian women by recognizing and strengthening the sovereign ability of all tribal nations to protect Indian women and their children.

NIWRC and NRCDV join as allies, both Native and non-Native, as relatives, to envision a return to Indigenous values in the United States. We thank the families of MMIWG victims that advocate for their loved ones, as well as the tireless advocates and allies that continue the hard and meaningful work to provide safety to Native women. We join together to call upon the United States and its people to remember that women are sacred and must be treated with dignity and respect. 


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NRCDV celebrates International Women's Day each year by commissioning or purchasing a piece of artwork that honors the struggles and successes that we face. Through this art, we join with women across the world in envisioning and creating a future of autonomy and equality for all women and girls.
The future is exciting. Let's build a gender-balanced world.
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NRCDV Radio logoListen NRCDV Radio's latest podcast with Cody Hammer, artist of our IWD artwork, as he discusses his artwork, activism, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and raising strong, young women.
This publication was made possible by Grant Number #90EV0428 to the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence from the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Copyright © 2019 National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, All rights reserved.

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