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Agnes Leina

Agnes Leina

Agnes Leina comes from Northern part of Kenya, Samburu County, inhabited mainly by the Samburu community, a subset of the Maasai peoples of Kenya, who are mainly pastoralists clinging strongly to their traditional way of life from of old. She has over 15 years of experience in working for rural Indigenous Pastoralist Communities, especially women and girls, in defending their human rights concerns in Education, Climate Change, Land and Natural Resource rights, Violence against women, Early Marriages and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), as well as access to alternative livelihood options among others. Agnes is the Founder and Executive Director of Il'laramatak Community Concerns (ICC) whose name denotes 'care-givers', or pastoralists. ICC is an Indigenous Peoples Organization whose main goal is to restore dignity among Indigenous people, with special emphasis on Girls and Women. ICC envisions a society of Indigenous Peoples of Kenya that is free from all forms of discrimination. She is also the Gender Coordinator of IPACC, Indigenous People of Africa Coordinating Committee, a position she has held for the last five years alongside being a member of the Academic Advisory Council of the Global forum for indigenous women (FIMI), a global Indigenous Women's network. Agnes works at the Community, National, Regional and International levels with different structures and communication strategies.

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