9 August 2013: International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples
The International Day of the World’s Indigenous People is celebrated every year on the 9th of August. The focus of this year’s International Day is “Indigenous peoples building alliances: Honouring treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements.” The theme aims to highlight the importance of honouring arrangements between States, their citizens and indigenous peoples that were designed to recognize indigenous peoples’ rights.
Despite some progress in the past, structural inequalities and social exclusion persist in some countries. Indigenous women and young people face a particularly complex and layered experience of discrimination and disadvantage.