Teacher: Cynthia Nolasco Lessons: 4 /week
“Promote gender equality and empower women.” This is the third of the Millennium Development Goals. The United Nations notes that gender equality and the empowerment of women are at the heart of the MDGs and are preconditions for overcoming poverty, hunger and disease. Gender relations are thus a key consideration in the development process. This course considers gender as a development question and development as a gender issue. It identifies forms of gender inequality as well as the barriers to gender equality and to the empowerment of women. It takes a closer look at development issues through gender lenses and celebrates the gains and successes of initiatives for gender equality.
The course covers the following main topics: dominant gender beliefs, attitudes and stereotypes; the status of and relations between women and men at work, in the household, across social classes and colors; power and gender-based violence; trafficking and migrant women; gender relations in the health, education, environment and political spheres; redefining masculinity; and organized responses to the gender question in development. The course also acknowledges the significant strides achieved in closing the gender gap in recent decades. The class draws on the experiences of women and men in the Asia-Pacific region, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas.