CETIM has published a series of training sheets to serve as support for future activities and trainings in view of the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas (Declaration).
After adopting the Declaration, we are now in a new phase: implementation. It is absolutely vital to bring the Declaration to life so that peasants and other people working in rural areas can make the content their own, to use it in their daily advocacy work. For this reason, CETIM, alongside La Via Campesina, organized a first seminar aimed at peasant leaders in June 2021. This course will allow them to consolidate their practices, advocacy strategies and other projects linked to the Declaration. Through this type of training, we are striving for a multiplier effect. Once the leaders have been trained, they can then disseminate their knowledge to their members, to other peasants and allies. The aim in the long term is for everyone to have access to this crucial knowledge.
Training on peasants’ rights will primarily revolve around a series of twelve sheets created by CETIM to disseminate the content and to highlight the key rights outlined in the Declaration. The sheets are available in three languages (French, English and Spanish) in an A5 format. Using accessible language, each sheet explains some of the key Declaration rights combined by topic:
Sheet 1 : General overview of the declaration on peasants’ rights
Sheet 2 : The right to land
Sheet 3 : The right to seeds(art. 19)
Sheet 4 : The right to food and food sovereignty (art. 15)
Sheet 5 : The right to an adequate standard of living, a decent livelihood and to means of production(art. 16)
Sheet 6 : Non-discrimination towards rural women (art. 4)
Sheet 7 : The right to participation (art. 10)
Sheet 8 : The right to environment (art. 18)
Sheet 9 : The right to social security (art. 22)
Sheet 10 : Social, economic and cultural rights (art. 5, 13, 14, 21, 23, 24, 25 et 26)
Sheet 11 : Civil and political rights (art. 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11 et 12)
Sheet 12 : Strategies for implementation
CETIM would like to start a long-term training process aimed at peasants as well as other rural organisations as priority groups. In the long run, these courses will be broadened to include academics, elected officials, government officials and other interested organisations.