Human Rights and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Our mission is to empower local stakeholders to champion environment-related human rights, gender equality, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). At the heart of our work lies the fundamental belief that human rights are not abstract ideals but concrete obligations for states to respect, protect, and fulfill. These obligations must be translated into local policies that resonate with community priorities, positioning local governments as pivotal players in the human rights landscape.  

Since 2018, RWI Regional Asia Pacific Office has been a hub of knowledge and collaboration, driving the integration of a human rights-based approach (HRBA) into local policies. Through a blend of research, training, and direct engagement with local governments, academics, civil society organizations (CSOs), and national human rights institutions (NHRIs), we have highlighted the importance of HRBA in local governance. 

RWI stands at the forefront of international and regional efforts to promote human rights at the local level, championing initiatives such as the Human Rights City concept and broader discourse on human rights and local governance. While the notion of a Human Rights City lacks a universal definition, RWI recognizes its transformative potential in ensuring the universal implementation of human rights norms and principles. RWI actively contributes to shaping the global conversation on Human Rights Cities, participating in prestigious events such as the annual World Human Rights Cities Forum in Gwangju, South Korea. Building on this engagement, RWI expanded its involvement by contributing to the Human Rights Go Local Academy and its esteemed publication series under the International Centre for the Promotion of Human Rights at the University of Graz in Austria. This collaborative effort underscores RWI’s dedication to fostering knowledge exchange and capacity-building in the realm of human rights at the local level. 

At the national level, RWI collaborate with the Indonesia’s Ministry of Law and Human Rights of the Republic of Indonesia (MoLHR) to advance human rights at the local level through the Human Rights-Friendly Districts/Cities (KKP HAM) program. This partnership has been instrumental in establishing, implementing, and assessing the KKP HAM initiative, aimed at integrating human rights values into local governance across Indonesia. RWI and DGHR have jointly organized seminars and workshops that bring together the central government, local governments, and other stakeholders. These gatherings are essential for coordinating efforts and creating synergies that enhance the integration of human rights values into local policies and programs. Our support has significantly bolstered the capacity of local governments in around 150 cities across Indonesia, enabling them to implement the KKP HAM program more effectively and ensure tangible benefits for their communities. 

A distinctive aspect of our approach is our intentional focus on youth and young professionals. By engaging the younger generation, RWI has sparked positive changes at the local level. In South and Southeast Asia, the RAPP 1 initiative has actively involved youth in advancing causes related to human rights, gender equality, environmental sustainability, and the SDGs. We believe that empowering young voices is essential for sustaining and enhancing our impact. 


BLC 2021/ Localising HR and SDGs


Local Governance and Human Rights

Rekomendasi Hasil Asesmen KKPHAM

HR Cities and the SDGs

Handbook Localising HR in the Context of SDGs


Localising HR in the Asia Pacific Region

Transparency and Human Rights

HR Cities and SDGs in Asia


Human Rights City Initiative Across Indonesia


Localizing HR for Sustainable Development

Identifikasi Tautan KKPHAM dan SDGs



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Windi Arini

Windi Arini

Country Director (a.i.), Indonesia


Windi is currently the Country Director (a.i.) in Indonesia. She manages activities on localizing human rights in the context of SDGs in Asia Pacific and RWIs engagement with young people in the region. Her multidimensional role also allows her to oversee the national programmes in collaboration with the Indonesian Ministry of Law and Human Rights.

She graduated from Atma Jaya Catholic University (Faculty of Law) in 2010 and dedicated the following years working at a law firm targeting capacity building for the Indonesian military. As a committed and passionate young professional, she taught foundational knowledge on international humanitarian law to the Indonesian military.

After obtaining her master’s degree in Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Oslo, she spent almost 4 years as a human rights officer at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta. She worked on various thematic areas including children and women’s rights, business human rights, as well as the rights of persons with disabilities. She provided technical support and managed projects for the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) and the ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (ASEAN-IPR).

When Windi is not in the office, she enjoys reading, traveling, and is very fond of spicy food.

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