KAILASA Dharma Rakshana Social Justice Om Award February 20, 2022
Affiliation at the time of award: Member of the Global Indigenous Youth Caucus and youth representative in Maasai Women for Education and Economic Development (MAWEED)
Mr. Gift Parseen is an indigenous Maasai youth. Mr. Gift is a member of the Global Indigenous Youth Caucus and volunteers in a non-governmental organization called Maasai Women for Education and Economic Development (MAWEED) as a youth representative, whose role is mostly based on rights issues, which include the environment, climate change, human rights and matters that affect indigenous peoples and their relations with relevant UN organizations and agencies. Mr. Gift is also a member of the Coalition of Human Rights Defenders of Kenya (HRDK), an umbrella organization, which protects human rights defenders.
"I believe that the youth are not the future leaders - as the saying goes - rather, they are the leaders leading in action towards the future! I believe that the future generation is well protected in the good actions of the present generation. The Indigenous Youth are the custodians of mother earth!"