Goal 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions

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

This goal strives to improve conflict, insecurity, weak institutions, and limited access to justice systems that threaten sustainable development. It works to stop abuse, exploitation, trafficking, and violence by promoting rule of law and accountable institutions. It attempts to reduce arms flow, corruption, and bribery because fear of violence should be no one’s concern. 

Taking Action

Initiatives at Brock University

Brock’s Office of Human Rights and Equity  

Brock’s office of Human Rights and Equity is dedicated to providing Brock community members information, education, assistance, and advice to those experiencing or interested in human rights, harassment, discrimination, and bullying.    

Brock’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

Brock’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an annual event that encourages student’s active participation in gender-based violence and violence against women. Information was spread on numerous media platforms to educate, have voices heard, provide resources and tools to those that are fighting against discriminatory violence. 

Human Rights REDress Project

The REDress Project is an annual awareness initiative to bring to light missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and members of the 2SLGTBQQIA (Two-Sprit, Lesbian, Gay, Trans, Bisexual, Queer, Questioning, Intersex and Asexual) community. Every year Brock has encouraged people to hang red dresses in its trees to spread awareness. This year we were unable to hang dresses at the school, but a series of virtual events partnered with Niagara College made the tradition hang strong as well as the encouragement to hang red dresses in neighbourhood windows or outside.  

Orange Shirt Day 

To continue spreading awareness for Indigenous rights, Orange Shirt Day aims to remind people of the injustice forced upon Indigenous Communities. In 2022 Phyllis Webstad, the inspiration and creator behind orange shirt day, made an appearance at Brock to start the week of events leading up to National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.   

Initiatives in the Niagara Region

Cities in the Niagara Region Organize Peaceful Protest 

The City of Niagara and St Catharines helped organize thousands in the community to peacefully protest Black Lives Matter movement downtown.  

Individual Actions

Did you know that 100 civilians are killed in armed conflict every day, even with international law protection? Now COVID-19 threatens security even more.

  • Brock University’s Pre-Law Society allows students interested in applying to law school experience opportunities in leadership, mock trails, and information sessions.
  • Research and engage in platforms that are important to you, like peaceful protesting for justice in the Black Lives Matter movement.  No person should have to live in fear of violence or injustice.  
  • Brock Health Science students led virtual town hall meeting to focus on Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) experiences 
  • Brock holds annual memorial lectures for Yosif Al-Hasnawi to continue to educate others on racism and racial equity. 
  • Follow Brock’s Black Female Empowerment Society student club on Facebook or contact them at blackfemalesociety@gmail.com. 
  • Pay attention to elections and vote responsibly. 
  • Step up and stop bullying. 
  • Volunteer at anti-violence organizations or outreach programs. 
  • Lead or volunteer events to raise awareness of discriminatory violence. 
  • Host events to get to know one another in safe environments. 
  • Join and follow on Facebook Brock’s Sri Lankan student association that strive for justice.  
  • Follow Brock’s People Party on Facebook that strives to promote individual freedom, personal responsibility, respect, and fairness.