Ms Della Ilenre, the focal point on indigenous issues for Centre for 21st century (C21st) participated in the 2016 training on Human Rights and International advocacy conducted by International Indigenous women Forum. It was a six weeks course divided into two-phase. The first phase was online while the second phase was a face to face meeting which took place in New York.
During the six weeks training Ms Ilenre had the opportunity to learn about the framework of international policy as it relates to International law. She also had the opportunity to study intensively the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP), the ILO Convention No 169, Convention On the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) and many other international Instruments.
The face to face training which took place at the Columbia University, New York from 2-13 May 2016 was a big eye-opener, it opened up a platform of indigenous women working in solidarity for measurable impacts on the ground. The struggle for the enthronement and enjoyment of rights of indigenous Peoples and particularly of indigenous women requires strong connections to the global indigenous movement.
The training gives a robust information on how local struggles can influence global struggles and vice versa. It stimulates the identification of peculiar national issues which have hitherto been neglected and re-directs and sharpens the vision for deeper, result oriented lobbying and advocacy processes.
During the training session in New York, Ms Della participated in the United Nations Permanent forum on Indigenous Issues, a big forum which opened up the space to meet indigenous rights activists, learn, share experiences and imbibe best practices which is needed to organize and develop better strategy to meet the target of C21st with respect to indigenous issues.
The training undoubtedly , has set the tone for the take off of c21st indigenous rights advocacy in Nigeria. The support , boldness and capacity instilled in Ms Della is already been put into action. She is currently working with policy makers at the House of Assembly in Nigeria, discussing strategies on how to bring the voices of indigenous groups and minorities into policy processes , building the capacity of policy makers and indigenous Peoples
leaders on indigenous rights and advocacy . Ultimately mobilizing support and preparing interventions that will help preserve indigenous knowledge which is almost going into extinction.