Even with so much attention centered around Indian Country’s reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic, Indigenous communities are not forgetting that May 5th is National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls. The annual observance shines light on the high rates of homicide and abductions in American Indian and Alaska Native women. Take this day to raise awareness for these victims and fight to end the epidemic.
Nearly half of all Indigenous women have experienced domestic violence. This alarming statistic reinforces the critical need for sustained support and services for those involved. It also poses the urgency to hold offenders accountable for their actions.
Activists and nonprofits have created a movement working to raise awareness towards missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Through organized marches, meetings and domestic violence training, the severity of this issue is shown.
Although social distancing and “shelter-in-place” orders may prevent in-person activities happening in your community this year, you and others are encouraged to creatively participate.
Here are ways you can support the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls:
- Wear red on May 5th and post a photo onto social media with the hashtag #NationalDayofAwareness, #MMNWG or #MMIW
- Safely attend an event, prayer circle or candlelight vigil hosted in your community, if any are taking place
- Post a list of women missing from your community
- Create a memorial for those lost or no longer with us
- Register to participate in the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center webinar
Lastly, be proactive in spreading the word about the gravity of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. This pressing issue will only improve as awareness spreads, communities come together and action is taken.
Stay updated this week as we provide further resources on combating this epidemic.