Recognizes Indigenous women and girls’ inherent strength and capacity for healing, leadership, and regenerating positive futures.
Thriving Women centers and uplifts Indigenous women’s leadership and strategies to reclaim traditional matrilineal lifeways that have sustained and built nations since time immemorial. It recognizes the targeting of Indigenous women and girls as a manifestation of ongoing colonization and the link between extractive industries and violence against Mother Earth as it is mirrored in the lives and bodies of Native Women, Girls, and Two-Spirit Relatives.
The program supports grassroots, Indigenous women-led and serving initiatives to prevent and remedy gender oppression including strategies addressing MMIWg2; uplifts matrilineal centered traditional health and wellness practices (birthkeeping, healing, arts, etc.), bolsters coming-of-age ceremonies; advances multi-generational kinship and leadership development, and revives subsistence food systems and traditional women’s healing through land-based practices.
Thriving Women is implemented through the following pathways for gender and social justice:
Birthkeeping, Motherhood, and Kinship
Honoring the Rights of Mother Earth
Reclaiming a World Without Violence Against Women, Girls, and Two-Spirits
Women and Girls’ Cultural Vitality and Leadership
The critical need to respond to and support the work of Thriving Women continues to grow.