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.