From a small violation to a big war, all citizens are affected by law and justice – or the lack of them. Living in peace is a human right, and our society needs to make it a reality for all.

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It doesn’t matter if it is domestic violence or international conflict. We’ve all been directly or indirectly impacted by the lack of peace and justice in the world. When we see a war refugee begging for money in a big city, when a friend is victim of a robbery in the street or when we buy clothes made by slave-labor, we feel both affected and responsible.

Reaching the SDG 16 is one of the most complex challenges of our times, as everywhere it depends on strong institutions, economic development and social justice. According to the UNDP, despite the fact that crimes like homicides and human trafficking have declined in the recent years, violent conflicts have nevertheless increased. Violence against children still persists, as many suffer from psychological aggression and physical punishment on a regular basis in 76 countries. Corruption and bribes are challenges, especially in developing countries.

Change must come from a concerted multi-stakeholders strategy that requires action and commitment from governments, non-profit organization and institutions, as well as civil society. On the Horyou platform, many organizations are engaged in actions for social justice and fairness in their communities. NGOs like Association Amis pour la Justice, based in Cameroon, work for educating and raising awareness of their rights and duties in their communities. A new organization on our platform, AMIS is very active and committed to ‘translating’ human rights to people who struggle to access and understand their own value as citizens. Another organization is Society for Academic Development, a Serbian group of young people who aim to develop education and volunteerism, as well as helping refugees and other vulnerable groups.

Horyou has constantly supported and fostered the importance of peace and justice in the events that it organizes, especially SIGEF, whereby panelists and organizations have the opportunity to showcase projects and strategies to promote this SDG.

If you wish to support this SDG, you can do so through Horyou. Go to Horyou platform and choose an NGO or project that supports peace and social justice in your region or anywhere in the world. You can also show your support by participating in #HoryouLightChallenge! Be the change, be Horyou!

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