Aviâja Egede Lynge, Spokesperson for Children’s Rights in Greenland, gave a talk at Columbia on the above-mentioned topic on October 17th, 2022. The event was co-sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Human Rights and the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race.
Aviâja Egede Lynge, who attended the 2014 Human Rights Advocates Program at ISHR, has been traveling in 40 Inuit communities in Greenland. She emphasizes the importance of looking into the cultures and social controls of the communities to work with Indigenous children’s rights. In advocating for human rights, there is no all-around solution or model. This also applies within work for Indigenous Peoples’ rights, and also 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.