Rights of Indigenous & Afro-Descendants

Poverty and social exclusion affect Indigenous and Afro-Descendant communities disproportionately in Latin America.


Approximately 45 million Indigenous peoples live in Latin America, resiliently struggling against ongoing attempts at “conquest”. They disproportionately face conditions of poverty or extreme poverty that are rooted in systematic discrimination and racism. The situation for more than 160 million people of African descent in Latin America is starkly similar. Both groups are met with significant barriers to social, economic and democratic inclusion:

  • Lack of recognition and legalization of land and ancestral territories,
  • Under-representation at political and decision-making levels,
  • Negative stereotypes and stigmatization in the mass media,
  • Lack of universal access to services related to health, education, housing and more,
  • Discrimination in the labour market.

What We Do

Together with our partners, we support actions that promote the active inclusion of Indigenous and Afro-Descendant peoples in their countries’ socioeconomic and political spaces. We seek to empower them to envision, create and steer their own futures. Horizons works in a region of Latin America that is rich with Indigenous and Afro-Descendant cultural traditions and filled with inspiring histories of organized mobilization for collective rights. 

Horizons is committed to:

  • Providing culturally sensitive and relevant support to Indigenous and Afro-Descendant communities,
  • Enabling Indigenous and Afro-Descendant peoples to be seen and heard when it comes to public policies and programs,
  • Raising awareness of the inherent value of Indigenous and Afro-Descendant cultures throughout the region.


Featured Projects

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Conservation and Protection of Mayan Textile Art of the Indigenous Women of Guatemala

Women’s Association for the Development of Sacatepéquez (AFEDES)
Indigenous Maya Kaqchikel municipalities in the Departments of Sacatepéquez and Chimaltenango, Guatemala
Project Duration:
Jul, 2017 – Jun, 2019


Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health: Transforming Indigenous Lives (MNCH)

Association for Health Promotion, Research and Education (PIES). This project is generously supported by Global Affairs Canada.
Department of Totonicapán, Guatemala
Project Duration:
Mar, 2016 – 2020

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Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Puerto Cabezas and Waspam Rio Coco Communities

The Association of Indigenous Women of the Atlantic (AMICA)
The municipalities of Puerto Cabezas and Waspam Rio Coco, Nicaragua
Project Duration:
February, 2017 - December, 2018


Panama's Early Childhood Education Model Through Women's Knowledge-Sharing Perspective

Organization of Mother-Teachers (OMMA)
Start Date:
June, 2017 - 2018