Joy Imbuye is interning with Landesa’s Africa Program team, supporting projects related to youth land rights, women’s land rights, and climate change. She is currently pursuing her second Master’s degree in European and International Project Management at the University of Nantes in France. Before her internship, she worked with a group of students to create a project management ‘clinic’ for the Master’s program.
What brought you to Landesa?
While I enjoy my coursework, I am very excited to be an intern at Landesa because I have the opportunity to work in areas that match my interests in law and project coordination to serve humanity in the best way possible and with equally enthusiastic colleagues. Landesa’s outstanding work in collaboration with relevant governmental bodies and other partners to protect the land rights of the underprivileged in the world encouraged me to seek to join Landesa.
What is your favorite part of interning for Landesa?
I delight in collaborating with other colleagues to ensure that women’s and youth land rights are secured. Likewise, I appreciate that Landesa includes a climate change lens while working to secure land rights. The work environment is very inspiring and positively engaging. The list is endless.
What is something you’ve learned so far?
I’ve learned that in most rural settings in Africa, women and youth are left out in decision-making in matters concerning land tenure. Therefore, there is a need to work closely with the relevant governing bodies and other partners to raise awareness, which encompasses Landesa’s work.
What do you hope to do in the future?
I look forward to pioneering equal youth participation in safeguarding their land rights and their response to climate change in Africa and the global context. I hope to join forces with other colleagues to alleviate poverty and advocate for international human rights.
Describe your vision for a better world.
My quest is to live in a world where equal opportunities and rights of individuals are guaranteed and respected, regardless of their gender and nationality.
Wow Joy, this is awesome.
I like your interest to work with the less privilege in the society. Issues of Land rights and women are very crucial and fundamental in Africa since it touches on culture that is dynamic.
Women and youth land rights touches on gender and environment. I believe as people live and negotiate their relationships with others through their gender, what is important is that they only practice gender through their behaviour and expectations of one another. This means culture is not static and therefore can change, much as they uphold, or challenge or even change norms that have become inappropriate or unjust. This reminds me of the creation story in Gen 1:31 that being human is a birth right for each and every woman and man . Therefore both women and youth deserves the right to access and control of resources. Numbers 27: 1-14 talks about women and land rights. It is biblical to let women have rights of property. Therefore I bless you and say Go girl… go for it… go .. go… girl you have my blessings and God is on your side.
Songs of Solomon 2:15 Judges 4:4
We are so happy and appreciative to have you on the team, Joy!
Thank you so much, Lucy! I’m glad to be part of Landesa!
All the best Joy!! This is inspiring!
Congratulations. Seeing you as a toddler and now interning at landesa, it’s just amazing. One of the best organisation fighting for land rights. I believed in you and you never disappointed me. Am proud of you Joy. Continue doing what you love especially championing land governance for young people. Am looking forward for us to do a joint article on youth land governance in Africa.
Congratulations once again Joy and all the best.