Just the Facts – Indigenous People

Contributed by Deb Kline.

  • There are more than 370 million indigenous people worldwide across 90 countries
  • Indigenous peoples are 5% of the world’s population but account for 15% of the world’s extreme poor
  • There exist more than 5.000 indigenous communities and that speak around 4.000 different languages
  • Indigenous peoples encompass approximately 22% of the world’s land surface and are estimated to hold 80% of the planet’s biodiversity
  • According to the United Nations, indigenous peoples are facing greater violations of their rights than was the case 10 years ago
  • More than one in three indigenous women are sexually assaulted during their lifetime, and they also have higher rates of maternal mortality, teen pregnancy, and sexually transmitted diseases.




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