Sustainable Development Goals

JMC has been working for achieving the sustainable development goals 2030. The organization has been directly supporting for achieving goals 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 13, 16, 17 and indirectly to goals 6 and 9.

Goal 1: End Poverty in all its forms everywhere

This goal should take into account the links between inequality and various forms of discrimination and social exclusion, including caste – based discrimination. Caste based discrimination is a major cause of inequality and poverty and perpetuates poverty in affected communities, which are in need of targeted attention in the implementation of the SDGs.

Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improve nutrition and promote sustainable development

Marginalized groups face particular problem in gaining access to food. Untouchability practices leading to segregation and prohibitions against food sharing are central components in the type of discrimination that Dalits are facing every day. Furthermore, caste based discrimination has implications for access to land, services, resources and humanitarian aid.

 Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages

Discrimination and social exclusion severely affect the health of children and women from marginalized groups. People affected with caste based discrimination are often forced to take on dangerous jobs with high health risk.

Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Marginalization of caste based affected groups disparities in educational opportunities. Dalits more likely to drop out from school and are forced for bonded labor and trafficking.

Goal 5: Achieve Gender Equality and Empowerment of all women and girls

Women from caste affected groups present the worst health outcomes in terms of life expectancy and access to maternal care, nutrition etc. Providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision making processes will fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies. Implementing new legal frameworks regarding women equality in the workplace and the eradication of harmful practices targeted women is crucial to ending gender – based discrimination.

Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all:

Discrimination and social stigma prevent large groups of people, including groups affected by caste based discrimination, from adequate access to water and sanitation. Dalits are prohibited from touching the common well and water resources in the community.

Goal 8: Promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

The SDGs promote sustained economic growth, higher levels of productivity and technological innovation. Encouraging entrepreneurship and job creation are key to this, as are effective measures to eradicate forced labor, slavery, and human trafficking.

Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructures, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and foster innovation:

Investment in infrastructure and innovation are crucial drivers of economic growth and development. It is crucial to ensure equal access to information and knowledge, as well as foster innovation and entrepreneurship.

Goal 10: Reduce inequalities within and among countries

 The relationship between inequality, caste discrimination, and poverty cannot be understated. Caste based discrimination is a serious human rights violation infringing on the basic principles of universal human dignity and equality. In order to achieve income growth and ensure effective implementation of social protection policies, special measures to caste discrimination should be applied in the implementation of the 2030 development framework.

Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

The goal aims to mobilize to address the needs of developing countries to both adapt to climate change and invest in low – carbon development. Improve awareness raising, education and institutional and human capacity on mitigation, impact reduction, early warning, and adaptation to climate change.

Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all, and build effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions at all levels:

Importance of participatory institutions and policymaking. This goal is aims to ‘promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all, and build effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions at all levels. To promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development.

Goal 17: Strengthens the means of implementation and revitalizes the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development:

Sustainable development through global partnerships. This goal aims to provide an opportunity to reduce inequality, end poverty, protect the environment, and promote justice and peace in implementing sustainable development goals.