As the head of the Indigenous Peoples Structure of Barangay Lemsnolon in the Municipality of Tboli, Boi Silin Awed is an active IP leader in her generation. Being a Tribal leader with a strong sense of respect to her tribe, Boi Silin strongly supports the advocacy of protecting IP children in Tboli. As a Boi herself, meaning princess in Tboli dialect, she somehow represents the women of her tribe and she has more than enough reason to protect the younger generation.
The tribe usually sticks to the traditional mindset which makes it difficult to change their old ways even though these are not always the right approach. Early marriage, for instance, is an example of their customary law which somehow is not in line with the national legal system. With the presentation of the Manifesto for condemning the practice of case mediation for child abuse cases, she was enlightened that it is not always through the old ways of the tribe that they can deal cases involving children especially for sexual abuse cases. To show her support in this advocacy, she joined the other Tribal leaders in signing the manifesto. Through the workshop on the Strengthening of Child Protection Mechanism among IP Communities, they gained a clearer understanding of the limitations of their customary laws. Last December 20, 2018 she spearheaded the presentation of the same Manifesto to other tribal leaders in the Municipality of Tboli. She explained the contents of the Manifesto in Tboli dialect which enabled the other tribal leaders to understand more about the manifesto. The activity resulted to another set of tribal leaders who have signed the same manifesto. Introducing a foreign idea to a community chained to a traditional perspective is a difficult task to achieve. With people like Boi Silin Awed in the IP community, partnership with the tribal leaders is made easier which enabled us to reach and help more children within the community.