The International Gathering
of Indigenous Women Researchers
The need to generate decolonized data and knowledge to promote the full exercise of the rights of Indigenous Women and Peoples is not new. This is evidenced by the multiple and successive recommendations of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) and the different reports of the United Nations Expert Mechanism for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP). More recently, the Political Declaration of the Second Global Conference of Indigenous Women from 2021 reaffirms this need to improve the situation of all Indigenous Women, Youth and Girls across the world.
Within this context, since 2007, the International Indigenous Women’s Forum (FIMI) implements its Research and Knowledge Exchange program, through which it promotes the production of case studies from an intercultural and decolonial approach, based on a combination of knowledge from different Indigenous Peoples and non-indigenous tools.
The intercultural research carried out by Indigenous Women constitutes a political action in service to the decolonization, resistance and uprising of Indigenous Women and Peoples. It aims for the recovery and collective construction of its ancestral cosmic knowledge systems. It is a process of deconstruction and epistemological decolonization that emerges from the cosmofeeling, cosmothinking and cosmoknowledge of the Indigenous Peoples. It was born as a response to the epistemic injustice surrounding the validity of ancestral knowledge, which has been one of the forms of oppression and domination of the colonial system.
In light of this recognition, it is fundamental to use our own research processes, based on our commitments, responsibilities and collective actions as Indigenous Women and as Indigenous researchers, academics, universities and research centres. To this end, The International Gathering of Indigenous Women Researchers brings together Indigenous researchers and other relevant actors of the field in order to dive deeper into considerations about a decolonial and transformative research, on its contents as well as its methodology. We will be sharing experiences on intercultural and community-based methodologies for advocacy research. It will also be a space promoting collaborative dialogue between different knowledge systems for research from an Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspective.
The presentations will spark dialogue following some guiding questions in order to go deeper in the discussion and analysis around the political, decolonial and transformative potential of intercultural research:
We are a global network that brings together Indigenous Women from seven sociocultural regions. FIMI’s work is focused on advocacy, capacity building, economic empowerment and leadership development.
What is so important about the Gathering of Indigenous Women Researchers?
Intercultural research is a process of epistemological deconstruction and decolonization that emerges from the cosmofeeling, cosmothinking and cosmoknowledge of the Indigenous Peoples. It was born as a response to the epistemic injustice around the validity of ancestral knowledge, which has been one of the forms of oppression and domination of the colonial system.
The Gathering of Indigenous Women Researchers with different actors in research and knowledge production will help strengthen and better position those research processes that are based on the priorities of Indigenous Women. They are founded on commitments, responsibilities and collective actions carried as Indigenous Women, as indigenous researchers and academics in universities and research centres, for the deconstruction of the hegemonic epistemology and for the articulation and political advocacy in the defence of the individual and collective rights of the Indigenous Women, Girls and Youth of the world, and of Mother Earth.
By participating in the round tables, researchers from different backgrounds and academic traditions will be able to exchange experiences and reflections related to the methodological challenges they face in the course of their research, thus contributing to strengthening this approach and its political and transformative potential.
How can I register to participate in the meeting?
By filling out the online registration form available through this link click here, according to the category to which you belong.
What are the themes of the Gathering?
In order to highlight the results achieved through intercultural methodology, as well as to generate constructive and enriching exchanges between FIMI graduates and researchers from different backgrounds and academic traditions, there will be round tables where each researcher will have the opportunity to present their experiences and reflections surrounding the methodology applied in their research. The presentations will have to be articulated around the following thematic axes:
Which participant category do I belong to?
Women researchers of FIMI’s Research Program.
Current or former participants of FIMI’s Research and Issues of Impact on the Lives of Indigenous Women Program
Indigenous Women members of Indigenous Women’s organizations.
People actively involved in mixed organizations and networks of Indigenous Peoples that carry out research activities specifically directed at Indigenous Women.
Independent researchers or researchers affiliated with a university or research centre whose work is related to the issues addressed at the Gathering.
Experts from the international community:
Representatives of International Organizations and United Nations agencies, Special Rapporteurs of the United Nations specialized on the rights and Indigenous Women.
Indigenous Women leaders with extensive experience, with expertise in the rights of Indigenous Peoples and Women, donors.