Event: Promoting the Political Rights of Indigenous Youth

Date & Time
9:00 AM EDT

An Indigenous voter casts her ballot during Peru's 2021 elections. © National Office of Electoral Processes

August 10, 2021 
9:00 a.m. EDT/UTC-4 

In recognition of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples and International Youth Day, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) is hosting a discussion with young Indigenous human rights advocates from Guatemala, Libya and Nepal. Indigenous peoples contribute unique perspectives and innovative approaches to problems faced by humanity, yet they continue to encounter barriers to meaningful participation in formal decision-making processes, such as lack of free, prior, informed consent for development projects, discrimination and exclusionary laws and policies. Indigenous youth have diverse experiences taking part in political processes but are often undermined by traditional social norms and beliefs that prohibit their participation and representation in decision-making processes.

Please join IFES on August 10 for an online event highlighting ways to include young Indigenous persons in political life as leaders, advocates, voters and candidates. Through a “talk show” discussion, speakers will share recommendations for meaningful engagement based on their lived experience. An audience Q&A will follow the moderated discussion. Interpretation into American Sign Language, Arabic and Spanish and English captions will be provided. Please also note that the event will now take place on Zoom, not Facebook Live. RSVP below to receive the call-in details.

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Opening Remarks

  • Maximo Zaldivar, Regional Director, Americas, IFES


  • Ashley Law, Youth Specialist, IFES
  • Rebecca Aaberg, Senior Inclusion Specialist, IFES


  • María Floridalma López Atz, Guatemala
  • Huda Badroush Dahan, Libya
  • Rupika Budha Shrestha, Nepal

On the day of the event, watch the event live and comment to share questions for the panelists. We also encourage you to RSVP below and like @IFES1987 on Facebook to get the latest news and updates from IFES’ work around the world.