18 June 2018
Our two research fellows, Dr Joanna Bourke Martignoni and Dr Christophe Golay, spent a week in Ethiopia to discuss the mid-term findings of the six year research project on the relationship between agricultural and land commercialization, the right to food and gender equality (DEMETER).
‘As we have researchers working on this project in Cambodia, Ghana and Geneva, it was important for all of us to meet as a team and discuss research findings so far, as well as the way forward in the three remaining years of the project’ underlines Christophe Golay.
‘This was also the occasion to share and discuss our results with policy-makers, academics and civil society in Africa, in particular those concerned with land, agriculture, food security and gender equality’ adds Joanna Bourke Martignoni.
This intense week allowed the research team to make progress on different publications that will be developed over the next six months. An edited volume containing interdisciplinary studies on the findings from Cambodia and Ghana in connection with gendered changes in livelihoods, the role of policies and politics and issues related to laws, human rights and conflict resolution is being produced. In addition, the team is contributing four papers for a thematic forum to be submitted to the Journal of Peasant Studies.
Our research fellows are involved as editors in these publications and will contribute as co-authors to the papers on gender equality, decentralization and the right to food in Cambodia, gender and access to justice in land claims in Cambodia, and to a comparative study that examines the translation of international human rights norms on gender equality and the right to food into national laws and policies in Ghana and Cambodia.
In this context, Joanna Bourke Martignoni and Christophe Golay presented research on gender equality norms in international law and their relationship with the right to food in settings of land and agricultural commercialization.
A public event held at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa created a space for dialogue and debate on issues of gendered inequalities in access to food as a result of processes of land and agricultural commercialization. Scholars and civil society from Ethiopia, the African Union, and other international and national stakeholders attended the event. Some of the research findings on gender equality, agricultural and land commercialization and the right to food in Ghana and Cambodia were presented along with an additional case study from Lesotho.
‘It is important for us to share and discuss our research findings with other academics and institutions working on the same issues’ underlines Christophe Golay. ‘Participants insisted upon the need for high quality research to back up policy interventions’ stresses Joanna Bourke Martignoni. ‘This is precisely what we strive to achieve with this research project’ she adds.
This research project examines the relationship between the right to food and gender equality in ensuring food security in the context of land commercialization in two case-study countries, Cambodia and Ghana.
The Geneva Academy coordinates the human rights component of this research funded by the Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development (r4d programme), a joint initiative of the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.
Yuval Shany is the Hersch Lauterpacht Chair in International Law at the Law Faculty of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He also teaches human rights in the Geneva Academy’s LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights.
The discussion notably showcased experiences and best practices, highlighted that a detailed analysis of how corruption violates human rights is lacking, and analysed a human rights-based approach to fight corruption. Panelists also stressed the need for more precise definitions and methodological approaches to counter human rights violations linked to acts of corruption.
This public conference will discuss the implementation of the UN Declaration on the rights of peasants in Europe and its contribution to the SDGs and the UN Decade of Family Farming.
Nicolas Axelrod / Ruom
Cette formation en ligne permet d’acquérir une connaissance approfondie des droits économiques, sociaux et culturels (DESC), des obligations des états et des mécanismes chargés de les protéger et de surveiller leur mise en œuvre.
This training course explores the relationship between economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and provides participants with practical tools to include ESCR and the SDGs in their work.
This project analyzed how United Nations (UN) human rights treaty bodies and relevant UN Charter-based mechanisms and entities have addressed the implementation of the right to education and other relevant rights in armed conflict and armed violence.
Olivier Chamard / Geneva Academy
The Treaty Body Members’ Platform connects experts in UN treaty bodies with each other as well as with Geneva-based practitioners, academics and diplomats to share expertise, exchange views on topical questions and develop synergies.