Anthropologist and indigenous climate and human rights activist, Kenya
Milka Chepkorir is an anthropologist, indigenous person, and climate and human rights activist. Her advocacy was further known when she took the button to represent her community the Sengwer People who lives around Embobut and Kapolet Forest to defend their land rights after being forcefully evicted by Government of Kenya in the name of conservation. Previously, Milka coordinated Community Land Action Now (CLAN), a network of Kenyan rural communities striving to register their community lands. In 2020, she was an Environmental Justice Fellow at Natural Justice, Kenya. Her interest in gender inclusion in collective tenure rights has informed her work with the community leadership and women to incorporate gender issues in the land rights struggle. She draws her motivation from the desire for justice for Indigenous Peoples and local communities and from her training in anthropology through her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Gender and Development Studies (in progress) at the University of Nairobi. Milka has represented her community and presented their issues in different UN mechanisms and processes and was an Indigenous Fellow at OHCHR in 2016. She currently, is the Policy and Advocacy co-coordinator for Africa at the ICCA Consortium. Milka supports community governance, processes and practice aimed at Defending Territories of Life for Indigenous Peoples and local communities.