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Online seminar

Wednesday, 13. October 2021 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Save in my calendar

Online seminar

Hunger, Land and Gender

Making Women’s Land Rights a Reality

This event, the first in the series Hungry for Change: The Politics of Hunger in the 21st Century, co-facilitated with the TMG Research calls attention to the inequalities and injustices which characterise women's access to land, connecting this theme to the problem of hunger and the global goal of achieving zero hunger by 2030, enshrined in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In every region of the world, women are at greater risk of food insecurity and hunger than men. As is identified in the SDGs, secure land rights for women are a necessary prerequisite for the eradication of poverty and hunger, and the establishment of gender equality. In a similar spirit, the first international land governance standard, the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries, and Forests (VGGT), calls upon states to ensure equal tenure rights and access for women and girls regardless of their civil or marital status. There are many intersections between the SDG and VGGT with states’ existing obligations under international law, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: decision-makers at all levels should be held accountable to these obligations.

This webinar explores the potential for linking the political struggle for women’s land tenure security to the broader arena of human rights advocacy. Bearing the need for political action in mind, the webinar emphasizes sharing insights and lessons learned from actors and organisations who currently apply human rights-based approaches in their work in various national and international contexts. The emphasis on practical lessons raises a number of questions for discussion including: what are the preconditions for the success or failure of human rights-based approaches; what possibilities are there to improve or support existing work with such approaches; how can lessons from case-specific successes be transferred to other contexts?


  • Shipra Deo, Director of Women's Land Rights, India, Landesa
  • Habiba Rezwana Osman, Executive Secretary, Malawi Human Rights Commission
  • Michael Windfuhr, Deputy Director, German Institute for Human Rights

Facilitators & Co-Hosts

  • Layla Liebetrau, Lead Programme Coordinator, Human Right to Food Initiative, Heinrich Boell Foundation, Nairobi
  • Jes Weigelt, Head of Programmes, TMG Research


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