Lucy Mulenkei

Executive Director, Indigenous Information Network

a cutout photo of Lucy Mulenkei smiling at the camera

“When we started IIN in 1999, I did not think we could be where we are today. The women have a voice. They recognize and speak on their rights. No matter how the environment has changed, they keep moving, adapting, and coming up with innovations.”

Lucy Mulenkei stands with other Indigenous women who are in traditional clothing

Lucy’s activism:

Lucy leads IIN to advance Indigenous women and girls as climate defenders, advocates for their rights, and active leaders in their communities. They also resource networks of Indigenous organizing and offer skills trainings, green farming programs, and other means for Indigenous women and girls to materially improve their lives.

For 17 years, Lucy served as a broadcast journalist for a government-run radio station. Lucy’s reporting focused on environmental issues within rural Kenya and the East African region. She has coordinated sustainable development trainings, and capacity building for Indigenous rural nomadic pastoralist and hunter-gatherers, that utilize traditional knowledge and incites conversations on biodiversity.

Lucy has worked with more than 100 grassroots organizations in East Africa. She also exchanges her knowledge and expertise with other women leaders from around the world at MADRE delegations and United Nations conferences.

“We want the conservation of our land. Because that is our home. Mother Earth is our home.”

The Indigenous Information Network is a women-led organization that works to connect Indigenous peoples in Kenya and strengthen their demands for human rights.

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