Rashida Manjoo, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, will visit the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in Cherokee, North Carolina on Jan. 27-28. A story in the Cherokee One Feather cites the statistic from the U.S. Department of Justice that one out of three Native women will be raped in her lifetime, and three out of four will be physically assaulted. Manjoo will visit the EBCI tribal courts, the police department, and the Cherokee Indian Hospital and Beloved Women’s Wellness program providing services to women. Findings from the trip will be reported back to the United Nation’s Commission on Human Rights along with recommendations to the United States on how to better protect women’s human rights and to stop the violence.
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