Diploma in Women and Gender Studies

Course Overview

The promotion of gender equality and empowerment of women is the Goal 3 of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in which United Nation members had pledged to meet by the year 2015. It is clear that women all over the world are underrepresented and generally, they face discrimination and marginalization on the basis of their gender

The aim of this course is to give you in-depth understanding of the issues of gender in development discourse. It is now a well-known fact that sustainable development cannot be achieved without putting into perspective issues related to gender disparities in societies. Hence, this course will enable you to critically explore the impact of gender disparities in development especially as gender equality touches all areas of development such as education, economy, politics, health, agriculture, communities, labor, organizations/workplace and poverty  The course material will familiarize you with analytic debates in the field of gender and development, and help you understand the concepts and theories, as well as practical skills in gender and development which can lead to a career as gender specialist/programmer in organizations and projects.

The program provides students with competencies.

Module 1: Understanding Gender Issues in Development

Unit 1 The concept of gender in development

Unit 2 Understanding Gender inequality and Gender Mainstreaming

Unit 3 Implementation of gender policies– issues, prospects and constraints

Unit 4 Women and Political Participation

Module 2: Right-Based Gender Issues in Development Studies

Unit 1 Women’s Right and Cultural Hegemony in Developing Societies

Unit 2 Gender and sexual distribution of Labor

Unit 3 Understanding issues in Gender Based Violence (GBV) and Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG)

Unit 4 Understanding the issues in Women’s Reproductive Rights

Module 3: Gender dimension of socioeconomic risks facing women in developing societies

Unit 1 Socioeconomic Risks Facing women in Developing countries

Unit 2 Women’s vulnerability and empowerment The Human Capital Development Perspectives

Unit 3 Gender perspective on women’s engagement in agricultural and food Production

Unit 4 Factors affecting women’s access to financial assets, and strategies for improving Income-generation of women

Unit 5 Empowerment options for women in agriculture

Unit 6 International Organizations and Women’s Development in Africa

Module 4: Gender and Social Change

Unit 1 Concept and theories of social change

Unit 2 Gender, modernity and social change

Unit 3 Women’s collective and social movements

Unit 4 Women and nonviolent change

Unit 5 Gender, unsustainable practices and changes in the built environment

There are four assignments (continuous assessment tests), a research paper and one examination to be offered at the end of the course. Assignments account for 40%, research paper accounts for 30% while Examination accounts for 30% of the mark. Upon completion of the course, you shall be issued a Diploma Certificate and a course transcript.

Upon successful completion of the course, the participant will receive a Diploma Certificate of Merit and a transcript.

Duration: 6 Months

Fee: $700


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