Ms. Shannon Dona Massar on Child Abuse and Human Trafficking Risks in Indigenous Communities

Ms. Shannon belongs to the Khasi, Adi and Monpa tribes of North East India. Shannon is the co-founder of Faith Foundation, a women-run organization working in the areas of child sexual abuse, trafficking for sexual exploitation, substance abuse and HIV/AIDS in Meghalaya.

She has been working with several reputable NGO’s in Mumbai such as: Justice & Care, Save the Children India, SOSVA under the Aastha Project of Family Health International and has extensive experience in the field of trafficking in rescue, rehabilitation and reintegration and HIV AIDS.

From youth empowerment in Canada to protection of cultural heritage in Australia; from income generating activities in Cameroon to advocating about women’s rights in Papua New Guinea and in India – watch six exceptionally inspiring indigenous women as they share their personal stories, their concerns, and their aspirations for indigenous communities around the world. Listen as they share the reasons that motivated them to dedicate their lives to advocating about the rights of indigenous peoples.

The interviews were conducted on behalf of the United Nations Division for Social Policy and Development of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, during the 14th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, which took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from April 20 to May 1, 2015.

The interviewees are participating at the 2015 Program on Human Rights and International Advocacy Skills of the Global Leadership School of Indigenous Women through the International Indigenous Women’s Forum/Foro Internacional de Mujeres Indígenas (FIMI). FIMI’s mission is to bring together indigenous women leaders and human rights activists from different parts of the world to coordinate agendas, build capacity, and to develop leadership roles. FIMI encourages indigenous women’s participation in international decision-making processes by ensuring the consistent and serious inclusion of indigenous women’s perspectives in all discussions regarding human rights.

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