International Indigenous Women’s Foundation (IIWF)
The International Indigenous Women’s Forum (best known as Foro Internacional de Mujeres Indigenes (FIMI)) is a network of Indigenous women leaders from South Asia , Women and African Economic Development, and the Americas. FIMI’s mission is to bring together Indigenous women activists, leaders, and human rights promoters from different parts of the world to coordinate agendas, build unity, develop leadership and advocacy skills, increase Indigenous women’s role in international decision-making processes, and advance women’s human rights. FIMI is a network of strong Indigenous women leaders from Asia, Africa, and the Americas, whose purpose is to strengthen Indigenous women’s networks, increase their participation and visibility in the international arena, and build capacity.
FIMI’s work aims to:
- Amplify Indigenous women’s voices in the international arena;
- Strengthen local Indigenous women’s organizations; and
- Promote collaboration between the Indigenous women’s movement and the non-Indigenous global women’s movement.
FIMI’s vision is a world in which Indigenous peoples can exercise all their human rights, access economic justice, and participate fully and effectively in all the decision-making processes that affect their lives at local, national and international levels, free from all forms of discrimination.
FIMI’s vision is a world where all women, independent of their differences, fully enjoy their fundamental human rights, where a new paradigm is established that overcomes racism, social exclusion, and inequality so that Indigenous women can participate fully under equal conditions in the decisions and activities linked to the development of their communities.
The seeds of FIMI were planted in 1995, at the UN Fourth World Conference on Women . Five years later, many of the participants in the Beijing conference gathered in New York for follow-up meetings, known as Beijing +5. This time, before returning to their homes around the world, Indigenous women decided to create an organization that could continue the international advocacy and organizing work that began there. The result was the International Indigenous Women’s Forum.
- International Advocacy and Women’s Political Participation
FIMI works to increase the role of Indigenous women in international-decision making processes and to ensure that Indigenous women’s perspectives are consistently and seriously included in all discussion of human rights. FIMI promotes the effective placement of Indigenous women in positions of local and national government and other policy-making bodies.
- Human Rights Training and Capacity-Building
FIMI offers trainings to support our Indigenous women members, helping them strengthen their organizations and build leadership and advocacy skills. FIMI trainings help participants improve communication with their base. They also give participants the skills they need to influence social, cultural, political, and economic debates in the local, regional, and international arenas.
- Alliance Building
An important part of FIMI’s strategy is to promote collaboration between the Indigenous women’s movement and the non-Indigenous global women’s movement. Specifically, FIMI is working to make the feminist movement more inclusive, and to develop a sustainable development agenda that can be adopted by the global women’s human rights movement.
- Indigenous Women’s Fund
In the last few decades, an Indigenous Women’s Fund has been a dream of Indigenous women. In fact, in the Beijing Declaration of Indigenous Women it was agreed that a fund for Indigenous Women would be established as FIMI’s “economic and philanthropic arm” to provide resources for Indigenous women from all 7 geo-cultural regions defined by the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.