It’s a startling fact that Indigenous women are between 3 and 3.5 times more likely to be victims of violent crime than other women, and the violence they face is often more severe. During SCC’s celebration and observance of Native American Heritage Month, we are offering two events to dive deeper into this important issue.
On Nov. 4 at 4 p.m., join us for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women virtual presentation. The missing and murdered Indigenous women epidemic is an issue currently affecting Indigenous people in Canada and the United States, including the First Nations, Inuit, Métis, and Native American communities.
Presented by Arizona State Representative Jennifer Jermaine, the current State Representative from Arizona’s Legislative District 18: Tempe, Mesa, Chandler, and Ahwatukee, Jermaine is a proud descendant of the White Earth Ojibwe people. She is the Chairwoman for the statewide taskforce investigating missing and murdered Indigenous people and sits on the Government, Elections, and Military and Veteran’s Affairs committees. She has spent the last 18 years in the nonprofit industry and is currently the Executive Director of the We the People Summit, which empowers individuals to strategize and collaborate to influence public policy.
As a group that has been “socially, economically, and politically marginalized,” Indigenous women have been frequent targets for hatred and violence. Underlying factors such as poverty and homelessness contribute to their victimization, as do historical factors such as racism, sexism, and the legacy of colonialism.
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Next, on Nov. 13, join the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Awareness Campaign from 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 pm for a Virtual Service Experience. SCC Rocks invites you to participate in the viral trend where people paint rocks to leave for others to collect. Painted rocks can spread kindness, opportunity and awareness. Create Red Handprints and bring awareness to the silencing of these women. Register for SCC Rocks by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more info, contact SCC’s American Indian Program at (480) 423-6531. All events are free and open to the public.