WHAT IS HAPPENING?
Indigenous women in North America face more
violence than any other population of women in the same area. So much so that
it has been described as genocide, an epidemic of violence.
From the day they are born Indigenous women and
girls are at high risk of abuse, violence and death. Abused, Missing Murdered.
the USA 1 in 3 Indigenous Women are sexually assaulted in their lifetime.
Women are almost 3x more likely to be killed by a stranger than non-Indigenous
women make up 4.3% of the Canadian population, yet they represent 16% of all
female murder victims and 11.3% of all missing women cases.
And yet the issue remains one with little
government or state attention.
WHY IS THIS HAPPENING?
Indigenous women and girls are victims to these
levels of violence and abuse due to racism, sexism and systems built on a
Indigenous Women are socially, economically,
and politically marginalised and high levels of poverty and homelessness
contribute to their vulnerability.
Indigenous Women and Girls are innocent victims
to a violent world.
WHAT HAS BEEN DONE TO STOP IT?
Over the last 2 decades, some change has
occurred due to, and to combat, this epidemic. The REDress Project, The Native
Womens Association of Canada, Families of Sisters in Spirit and No More Silence
are just some of the organisations and projects involved in the protection of
Indigenous women, and act to bring attention to the issue in an attempt to
However, law enforcement is unable to give the
issue the necessary time and resources due to restraints on these resources. Law
enforcement simply does not have the capacity to combat such an extensive
issue, so widespread throughout North America.
WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO STOP IT?
The future of the protection of Indigenous
Women and Girls depends on the development of effective modern solutions now.
IOSI aims to help protect
Indigenous Women and Girls in the following ways:
is an Open Source Intelligence methodology that is used to collect and analyse
data from publicly accessible sources.
has access to a sea of individual OSINT experts all around the world. The use
of OSINT will help in the process of locating missing Indigenous women, and the
perpetrators responsible for the violence faced by these women.
experts provide OSINT training. This training is available to first responders
as well as member of the general public, and the newly acquired knowledge can
be used for a wide variety of things, including the collection of data
important to cases of missing and murdered Indigenous Women.
Awareness and Communication:
new IOSI Members Platform has been created to combat the changing nature of
Global Crime. The platform acts as a virtual space that connects all members,
allowing the free and unfiltered communication between them. With the option of
anonymity, members can publish articles regarding Missing and Murdered
Indigenous Women, connect with experts, express opinions and views, and develop
IOSI however, cannot function alone. It depends
on the support of members and communities. To help protect Indigenous Women and
Girls the world needs to step forward. Do better. Be better.
Help us Help Indigenous Women and Children.