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4th Annual John P. Bell Global Indigenous Rights Lecture

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Beijing Women's Conference +25 Years: Progress and Challenges for Indigenous Women’s Rights

Please join us for the 4th Annual John P. Bell Global Indigenous Rights Lecture presenting Dr. Mariam Wallet Mohamed Aboubakrine, former chair and member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. A thoughtful and compelling speaker, Dr. Aboubakrine will provide her perspective on the progress and challenges for Indigenous women's rights since the Fourth World Conference on Women: Action for Equality, Development and Peace convened by the United Nations in Beijing in 1995.

This lecture is co-hosted by the First Nations House of Learning and the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies and is made possible by the generous support of John P. Bell.

About Dr. Mariam Wallet Mohamed Aboubakrine

Dr. Aboubakrine, a medical doctor from Tombouctou in Mali, holds a degree from the University of Tizi-Ouzou (Algeria) with several researches in ophthalmology, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and general medicine.

She holds a Masters in Humanitarian Action from the University of Geneva, focusing on interventions in crisis: armed conflict, marginalization/exclusion and natural disasters (earthquake, tsunami, drought, floods). The latter part of her studies focused on "The role of traditional medicine in Tuareg Mali."

Dr. Aboubakrine is a member of Tin Hinan, a women's organization working for the defence, promotion and development of Indigenous peoples in Africa, in particular the Tuareg (Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Algeria, Mauritania and Libya). She has been a very active member of the organization since she was young and has worked on many issues related to health such as nutrition, malaria prevention, and education on sexual and reproductive health among the Tuareg.

She participated in training on ILO Convention 169 organized by the ILO and Tin-Hinan in 2001 in Ouagadougou. She participated several times in the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. She also volunteered with African NGOs for advocacy on Human Rights at the regular sessions of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations and the Universal Periodic Review in Africa.

She advocates the cause of indigenous Africa, particularly in improving the living conditions of the Tuareg.

She is the former chair of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (2017 & 2018 Sessions), and her term as member ended on December 31, 2019.

Dr. Aboubakrine is also a leader at the International Indigenous Working Group on HIV & AIDS.

About the UNPFII

The UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues was established in July 2000 as an advisory body to the Economic and Social Council, with a mandate to discuss indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights. The Forum is made up of 16 members acting in an individual capacity as independent experts on indigenous issues. Eight of the members are nominated by governments and eight by the President of ECOSOC, on the basis of broad consultation with indigenous groups.

The Permanent Forum is one of three UN bodies that is mandated to deal specifically with indigenous peoples’ issues. The others are the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples.

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