Fishing communities, as well as indigenous peoples and farming, pastoral and forest-dwelling communities, globally, face displacement from their lands, forests, fishing grounds and territories. Ongoing intergovernmental negotiations related to the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VG-Tenure), being led by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), are, therefore, of great relevance. The Guidelines aim to improve the governance of tenure of land, fisheries and forests towards the goal of food security for all.
Nobel Committee Recognizes Three Women
By Ramya Rajagopalan (firstname.lastname@example.org), Consultant, ICSF
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize jointly to three women—Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman—for their extraordinary contribution to the non violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is Africa’s first democratically elected female president. Since she came to power in 2006, she has consistently contributed to securing peace in Liberia, to promoting economic and social development, and to strengthening the position of women. Leymah Gbowee, 39 year-old, also from Liberia, mobilized and organized women across ethnic and religious dividing lines to bring an end to the long war and to ensure women’s participation in elections in her country. She has since worked to enhance the influence of women in west Africa during and after the war. Tawakkul Karman has played a leading role both in the struggle for women’s rights as well as in the pro-democracy and peace movements in Yemen. K