Advocating for Indigenous Children's rights, using Indigenous models

17 October | 3 p.m. ET

Join us for a conversation with Aviâja Egede Lynge, National Spokesperson for Children's Rights in Greenland

Moderated by
Elsa Stamatopoulou, Director, Ιndigenous Peoples' Rights Program
In advocating for Human Rights, there is no all-round solution or model. This also applies within work with Indigenous peoples' rights, and when working with taboo subjects such as sexual abuse of children and suicide among indigenous peoples, one must manage to get within social control and power relations maintained by the small collective societies. Aviâja Egede Lynge, who attended the 2014 Human Rights Program at ISHR, has been traveling in 40 INUIT communities in Greenland. She wants to emphasize the importance of looking into the cultures and social controls of the communities to work with Indigenous children's rights.
This event will take place in Conference room 320c, located on the 3rd floor of the Interchurch Center. Please register before the event and check in at the front desk when you arrive. 
Aviâja Egede Lynge is an Indigenous Inuk from Greenland with a degree in social anthropology (Edinburgh University) and trained in human rights through the Human Rights Advocates Program (HRAP) at Columbia University. In 2015, Aviâja was elected as National Defender (Commissioner) for Children’s Rights in Greenland. Her work and activism is focused on promoting Indigenous Inuit people’s rights, specifically those related to equity in access to education. Aviâja has developed training modules that capacitate teachers on culture, identity, Indigenous rights and intercultural learning issues. She was Head of the Department of Higher Education Inerisaavik at the Greenland University. She currently leads MIO – The National Institution for Children’s Rights and has worked with Indigenous rights through several organizations such as Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) and Foro Internacional de Mujeres (FIMI) and is a member of the Human Rights Council of Greenland.