1 February 2021
In this interview, Dasha Reddy, currently enrolled in our MAS in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law (MTJ), tells us about the programme and life in Geneva.
My name is Dasha Reddy. I am originally from South Africa but moved to Canada when I was young. Prior to studying at the Geneva Academy, I completed a Master of Public Health, concentrating on global health and health of displaced persons. I had the opportunity to work in various roles relating to migrant health and wellbeing, including as a Community Engagement Coordinator for resettled refugee women, as a Health Officer intern with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and as a Health Researcher. My work and education have enabled me to conceptualise health as an intersecting field with human rights law, an intersection that I am constantly eager to learn more about.
In addition to my work, I am a lover of the outdoors. Anything from hiking to landscape photography excites me. In my spare time, you can either find me on a mountain or taking advantage of the delicious chocolate and cheese of Switzerland.
The main factors that pushed me to choose the MTJ at the Geneva Academy were the school's unique setting, the diverse student body that it draws, and its interdisciplinary approach to transitional justice. Studying in the humanitarian and human rights hub of the world is an exceptional opportunity to envelop oneself in an inspirational environment. Additionally, the diverse and colourful combination of people coming into the programme from different backgrounds, cultures and professional experiences creates a dynamic, enriching and thought-provoking atmosphere.
What I admire most about the MTJ programme is the incredible cohort of people I’ve had the opportunity to meet. I am continually inspired by my classmates’ bravery in confronting systems of oppression through the lens of transitional justice. I feel lucky and proud to be able to learn from and share this experience with newfound friends that I know are going to go on to do amazingly impactful work.
I am planning to continue my academic studies by pursuing a PhD. I am hopeful that the Geneva Academy’s academic research spring track will help me further develop the tools, skills, and cross-disciplinary mindset that is required to successfully work toward a PhD while remaining rooted in the application of such knowledge.
I chose to be photographed here because it is the most colourful place that I found in Geneva. Graffiti can be used as a powerful form of social emancipation and activism. For me, this specific wall of art reflects the rich cultural mosaic that permeates through the city; an aspect of Geneva that I value.
In the context of the 2021 Human Rights Week and its academic colloquium, graduate and postgraduate researchers who obtained their PhD within the past ten years are invited to submit proposals that explore the different facets of discriminations and inequalities and discuss their human rights impact.
Olivier Chamard/Geneva Academy
Registration for the 2021 Annual Conference of the Geneva Human Rights Platform that will take place online and in Geneva on 12 October 2021 is open.
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The two-day Scientific Colloquium of the 2021 Human Rights Week will explore the different facets of discrimination and inequalities and will discuss their human rights impact in our contemporary world.
UN Photo/Manuel Elias
This IHL Talk, co-organized with the International Peace Institute (IPI), aims at contrasting approaches to, and decision-making on, humanitarian affairs in the relevant multilateral fora in New York and Geneva.
UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré
This training course will explore the origin and evolution of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and its functioning in Geneva and will focus on the nature of implementation of the UPR recommendations at the national level.
UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré
A series of events aimed at discussing contemporary issues and challenges related to the promotion and protection of human rights in Geneva and beyond.
Cámara de Diputadas y Diputados de Chile
This project aims to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the strengths and weaknesses affecting different National Human Rights Systems.