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The MMIW Red Hand

Updated: Jul 10

Illustration of a Native woman's face with a handprint over her mouth, representing MMIW, wearing a turquoise earring.
Donated by Gonzo Artist Grant Goodwine

The MMIW Red Hand

A red hand over the mouth has become the symbol of a growing movement, the MMIW movement. It stands for all the missing sisters whose voices are not heard. It stands for the silence of the media and law enforcement in the midst of this crisis. It stands for the oppression and subjugation of Native women who are now rising up to say #NoMoreStolenSisters.           

Bisagra Clothing Collection stands in solidarity to bring attention to the crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) that continues to plague Indigenous communities across the globe. For too long, the voices of Indigenous women have been silenced, their disappearances ignored, and their lives treated as disposable.

MMIW is not just a statistic; it represents the stolen sisters, mothers, daughters, and aunties who deserve justice and remembrance. We cannot turn a blind eye to the systemic issues of racism, sexism, and colonialism that perpetuate this violence. It is time to listen to Indigenous voices, to amplify their stories, and to demand accountability from governments and law enforcement agencies.

We call for concrete action to address the root causes of MMIW, including improved data collection, culturally sensitive support services, and meaningful collaboration with Indigenous communities. We must work together to create a world where Indigenous women are valued, respected, and protected.

Together, we can honor the lives of those who have been taken and work towards a future where MMIW is no longer a reality. We will not rest until every missing Indigenous woman is found, every perpetrator is brought to justice, and every Indigenous community is safe.

MMIP-Missing and Murdered Indigenous People

While the term "Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women" (MMIW) primarily focuses on the disproportionate rates of violence against Indigenous women and girls, it's important to recognize that Indigenous men and boys also face significant challenges and risks. Indigenous communities, including men and boys, are impacted by historical trauma, systemic racism, poverty, inadequate access to resources, and other factors that contribute to vulnerability and violence.

Research and advocacy efforts have predominantly highlighted the experiences of Indigenous women and girls due to the particularly alarming rates of violence they face. However, Indigenous men and boys also experience violence, including homicide, assault, and incarceration, at rates higher than non-Indigenous populations.

Furthermore, the issues affecting Indigenous women and girls are often interconnected with those affecting Indigenous men and boys, such as substance abuse, mental health challenges, and interactions with law enforcement. Therefore, addressing the broader systemic issues that contribute to violence against Indigenous communities as a whole is essential for promoting safety, well-being, and justice for all Indigenous peoples.

MMIWG2S-Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirit People

This expanded acronym acknowledges that Indigenous Two-Spirit people, who encompass diverse gender identities and sexual orientations, are also disproportionately affected by violence, exploitation, and discrimination.

By including "Two-Spirit" in the acronym, it recognizes the unique experiences and vulnerabilities of Indigenous LGBTQ+ individuals within the broader context of the MMIW crisis. It highlights the intersectionality of identity and the need for inclusive approaches to addressing violence against Indigenous peoples.

The MMIWG2S movement seeks to raise awareness, advocate for justice, and address the systemic issues that contribute to the disproportionate rates of violence experienced by Indigenous women, girls, and Two-Spirit people. It emphasizes the importance of centering Indigenous voices, perspectives, and solutions in efforts to address this ongoing crisis.

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