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In Latin America and the Caribbean, indigenous women represent not only a significant number of the population - approximately 23 million women in the region are indigenous - but they have represented, and continue to represent, an enormous cultural, social and political wealth in the development of societies and democratic States. It is indigenous women who have ensured the generational transmission of their culture, cosmovision, and the history and knowledge of native peoples. They are also the historical defenders of ancestral territories and the caretakers of natural resources, while at the same time protecting the self-determination of indigenous peoples, their territories and the right of indigenous women to a life free of violence in the private, community and political spheres.
 
On the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, we reiterate the urgency of making visible and promoting the contributions of indigenous women in the construction of more just and sustainable societies, as well as guaranteeing them access to individual and collective human rights, especially with regard to the right to physical integrity, equality, education, comprehensive health, decent work, care, justice and political participation.
 
From the Inter-American Commission of Women, we reaffirm our commitment to the indigenous women of the region, through the implementation of institutional actions to promote their contributions and position their voices and leadership in spaces of debate and political decision-making, both locally, nationally and regionally. Finally, we call on States to continue working on inclusive and participatory public agendas and policies, free of discrimination and violence towards indigenous women, through which the goal of good living is achieved as an aspiration of the democratic and inclusive States of the twentieth century.
 
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