Around the globe, conflict, insecurity, weak institutions and limited access to justice remain great threats to sustainable development. Indigenous Navigator data shows that this is also the case for indigenous peoples. Indigenous peoples, and indigenous women and girls in particular, face intersecting forms of discrimination shaping specific forms of violence and exclusion experienced by them. They are exposed human rights violations, such as child labour, forced labour and human trafficking. Indigenous women and girls are disproportionally affected by gender-based violence and discrimination, further hampering their access to education, healthcare, decent work, as well as their participation in public life. At the same, Indigenous Navigator Data reveals that indigenous peoples encounter important barriers in access to justice and lack representation in parliaments and local governments.
Sustainable Development Goal 16 aims to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. If SDG 16 is to be achieved, targeted action to address the challenges experienced by indigenous peoples is needed. More specifically, it is crucial to end violence, including against indigenous children, ensure indigenous peoples’ equal access to justice, promote and enforce non-discriminatory laws and policies, and provide legal identity to all. What is more, it is essential to strengthen and build strong institutions which guarantee indigenous peoples’ participation in decision making that affects them at all levels.
This virtual event offers a platform for indigenous peoples to share their challenges, perspectives, and aspirations regarding the path to achieving SDG 16, drawing on data collected through the Indigenous Navigator. Indigenous leaders will share initiatives undertaken at the local level to advance peace, justice and strong institutions.