Hear Me Too: 16 Days Against Gender-Based Violence

For the third time, TWU is taking part in 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, an international campaign running from November 25 (the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women), to December 10 (Human Rights Day). This international campaign, which started in 1991, seeks to galvanize action to end violence against women, girls, and Mother Earth.

TWU uses its intersectional braiding analysis (Opide) to look at the ways that gender-based violence takes place in our four program areas. We would like to highlight the following resources during our campaign:

General Campaign Information

Environmental Health & Justice

“Violence on the Land, Violence on our Bodies: Building an Indigenous Response to Environmental Violence” is a community-based research and advocacy project aimed at documenting the experiences of Indigenous women, youth and community members whose sexual and reproductive health and rights have been affected by gas and oil, development, mining, and pesticides – something known as “environmental violence.” This initiative is a collaboration between the Native Youth Sexual Health Network (NYSHN) and Women’s Earth Alliance (WEA).

Also please see the work we have been doing this summer and fall through our Protecting the Most Vulnerable campaign to raise awareness of water contamination and empower community members to take effective action to protect our waters.

Indigenous Women’s Health & Reproductive Justice

The resources provided in this section address a variety of issues that intersect with reproductive justice, including economic rights, the rights of incarcerated women, immigrants’ rights, transgender rights, disability rights, religion, birth choice and birth rights, voting rights, and environmental conservation.

Women’s Leadership & Economic Freedom

Last year, NewMexicanWomen.org collaborated with a multi-disciplinary research team of social policy scholars of color from the University of New Mexico on a research and community engagement project with the aim of deepening our knowledge about how to most effectively advance gender equity work in New Mexico. The goal was to identify priorities at the intersection of health equity and economic security for women and girls in New Mexico and inform NMW.O’s strategy for advancing gender equity. The project resulted in a two-part report, The Heart of Gender Justice in New Mexico: Intersectionality, Economic Security, and Health Equity. The sister reports include a qualitative report from community dialogues, as well as a quantitative report from an analysis on the link between economic security and women’s health status by race and ethnicity.


Sexual assault has been experienced by Native women for centuries.  Used as a tool of war and colonization, rape was a way to conquer the people during attacks from the beginning of colonization.  The lack of responsibility, justice and criminal jurisdiction continues today on reservations, similar to the early American days of war and the appropriation of land during and after treaties.  The link above provides resources, stories and statistics about how sexual assault affects Native women.


Thank you for your support to continue our ongoing work to end violence against women, girls, and Mother Earth.

When you donate to Tewa Women United through NativeGiving.org 100% of your contribution goes directly to TWU, thanks to the generosity of First Nations Development Institute.