Our history

The 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing is considered a milestone in the indigenous women’s movement around the world because we approved and signed the Beijing Declaration of Indigenous Women, laying the groundwork for our vindications as indigenous and as women. Arriving Beijing meant also that, at a regional level, our organizations could articulate, set priorities and build consensus.  

In 2000 we participated in the First Indigenous Women’s Forum in New York, during the session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) intended for Beijing+5 Revision.


In 2005, on the occasion of the Beijing decennial examination and evaluation, as IWWF we organized the participation of indigenous women from around the world with the support of Lea Mackenzie, making possible, for the first time, the approval of an specific resolution on indigenous women by the CSW. 

Currently, the International Indigenous Women’s Forum consolidates itself as a global network and institution that articulates local, regional and national organizations from Asia, Africa, the Arctic, the Pacific and the Americas, that advocates for indigenous women’s priorities at an international level. As FIMI we have a broad experience  in lobbying and advocacy strategies on indigenous women’s individual and collective rights.