12:14 | Lima, Oct. 25 (ANDINA).
Some 200 indigenous women from all over the globe will gather next week in Lima, Peru, for the World Conference of Indigenous Women, entitled "Progress and Challenges Regarding the Future We Want."
The event will take place on October 28-30 and brings together representatives of indigenous women's organizations in Africa, the Arctic, Asia, Latin America, North America, the Pacific, and Russia.
The conference is a strategic opportunity that will enable indigenous youth and women from these seven regions of the world to be informed, reach consensus and establish a common, political statement as a world-level indigenous women's movement.
It also serves as preparation for the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, a high-level plenary meeting of the UN General Assembly to be held on September 22-23, 2014 in New York City.
Peru has been selected as the venue of this important meeting because it has the second largest population of indigenous women in Latin America, with about 3.2 million. It is also the birthplace of one of the most ancient indigenous cultures on the continent.
The World Conference of Indigenous Women "Progress and Challenges Regarding the Future We Want" will take place under the coordination of the Continental Network of Indigenous Women of the Americas (ECMIA) and the International Indigenous Women's Forum (FIMI).
Also involved in this process are the Alianza de Mujeres Indígenas de Centroamérica y México (CHIRAPAQ), Centre for Indigenous Cultures of Peru (AIPP), the Africa Indigenous Women's Organization, the Indigenous Information Network, the Asian Indigenous Women's Network, and the Indigenous Pacific Women's Network.