Milka joined Natural Justice in May 2020 as an Environmental Justice Fellow working across programmes, but with particular focus on integrating Natural Justice’s objectives within the CLAN programmes. Community Land Action Now! (CLAN) is a network of grassroot communities and organizations working on communal registration of land for its members. Natural Justice is a supporter of the network.
Coming from an indigenous community, the Sengwer community, she is motivated by the need to ensure communities’ rights to their customary lands are recognized and that such communities are allowed to live in their territories and conserve their environment. For five years, she worked for her community on advocating for the recognition of their land rights.
She has been trained in Indigenous Peoples laws and policies Internationally and nationally through Indigenous fellowships with the United Nation’s Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHRCHR) in Geneva and Nairobi. She has represented her community in different UN forums on indigenous peoples. Apart from her contribution to the general community struggle for land rights, Milka has been working with the Sengwer women of Embobut in helping them take their space in the decision-making positions in the community and has led in the community’s effort to conserve the forest. She influences many girls and women from her community in the Kabolet forest where she grew up.
Milka holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Maseno University and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Gender and Development Studies at the University of Nairobi. She is writing a masters proposal with a specific focus on Gender Relations in Natural Resource Management among the Ogiek of Chepkitale. Her aim is to understand, record, and share on how gender determines indigenous peoples’ interests to manage and sustainably use natural resources and, therefore, their positions in decision-making.