NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Global Affairs Launches Global Gender Studies Concentration This Fall

Program Offers Distinctive Interdisciplinary Approach that Examines the Current State of Gender Equality and Its Importance in Building Peaceful and Prosperous Societies

NEW YORK, September 15, 2015 – Gender inequality is pervasive around the globe. Although women and sexual minorities have made advances on many fronts, their rights are under siege globally —from the Islamic State and Boko Haram sexually enslaving thousands of women; to religious extremists seeking to purge public spaces of sexual minorities; to women’s access to full reproductive health care services being severely curtailed, among other issues.

Recognizing that gender equality is an international priority, the NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Global Affairs (CGA) is launching a new concentration in Global Gender Studies within its renowned M.S. in Global Affairs. It will be one of the few graduate-level programs in North America to examine how gender relations affect and are shaped by international processes including conflict, environmental and humanitarian crises, the defense of human rights, and the pursuit of economic development.

“What makes our program unique is that we are offering gender studies with a global, interdisciplinary approach,” said Vera Jelinek, divisional dean of the NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Global Affairs. “The majority of such programs focus on traditional women’s studies in the context of humanities or public policy. In our new Global Gender Studies concentration, we will focus on the role of women and gender minority issues in a larger framework—in peacebuilding, in economic development, in international affairs, in human rights, in the environment, and in transnational security —and how they can influence stability or uncertainty in each of these areas.”

“There is increasing awareness that abuses of women’s rights are among the drivers of the demographic changes and social inequalities that trigger violent conflict, as well as poverty and other ills,” said CGA Clinical Assistant Professor Sylvia Maier, who developed the concentration in collaboration with CGA Clinical Professor Anne Marie Goetz. “Our new concentration reflects the vital importance of gender equality in building peaceful, stable, and prosperous societies.”

The program provides students with a solid foundation to promote social justice, development, human rights, and corporate social responsibility in international development, peace and governance organizations, national foreign affairs, aid, social policy and defense departments, private sector organizations, the not-for-profit sector, and academia.

To celebrate the launch of this new concentration, the NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Global Affairs will hold a public event, “Uncovering the Gendered Dynamics in Global Affairs: Peace, Development, and Human Rights Beyond 2015,” on Thursday, September 24, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the NYU Kimmel Center for University Life, Rosenthal Pavilion, 60 Washington Square South.

Moderated by Nermeen Shaikh, co-producer and co-host of Democracy Now!, the panel will feature Anne Marie Goetz, CGA clinical professor and former chief advisor on Peace and Security, U.N. Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women; Shahrashoub Razavi, chief, Research and Data Section, U.N. Women, and former research coordinator on gender, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD); Dubravka Simonovic, U.N. special rapporteur on violence against women; and Lauren Wolfe, journalist and director, Women Under Siege.

“These speakers work at the cutting edge of the struggle to defend women’s rights,” said Professor Goetz. “They are bearing witness to the impact of conflict on women, and analyzing the impact on women of economic crises. They are building solutions. This is the type of policymaking for which our Global Gender Studies concentration will equip students.”

The following day, CGA graduate students and international researchers, practitioners, and policymakers will participate in a special all-day workshop on “Challenging Pervasive Narratives of Gender-Based Violence in Conflict.” The outcomes of this event will be published in a white paper.

CGA students and alumni who have focused their academic work on gender have found employment at organizations as varied as U.N. Women, Women’s Environment and Development Organization, the International Rescue Committee, the International Center for Transitional Justice, Human Rights Watch, American Red Cross, Girl Rising, the Foundation Center, and CNN Asia. Students entering the new concentration will have the advantage of these existing alumni networks as they seek careers addressing issues such as violence against women, promoting women’s economic security, education, human rights, reproductive rights, and international criminal justice.

For more information on the Global Gender Studies concentration, CLICK HERE.

To register for the event, visit bit.ly/NYUGenderLaunch.

About the NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Global Affairs
The NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Global Affairs (CGA) facilitates change by educating and inspiring our community members to become global citizens who are capable of identifying and implementing solutions to pressing global challenges. We believe that the development of solutions to global problems must be informed by an understanding that the world’s challenges are not merely challenges for and among states, but also challenges for and among non-state actors, urban and rural communities, regional organizations, and traditional diplomatic outlets.

Through its rigorous graduate degree and certificates, Career Advancement Courses, and Diploma programs as well as public events, we prepare global citizens who are at home in all of these environments—and thus, who are effective agents of change.

For more information, visit: sps.nyu.edu/cga.

About the NYU School of Professional Studies

Established in 1934, the NYU School of Professional Studies (sps.nyu.edu) is one of NYU’s several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of the School of Professional Studies arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School’s diverse graduate, undergraduate, and Professional Pathways programs in fields such as Accounting, Finance, and Law; Applied Politics; Creative Cities and Economic Development; English-Language Learning; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Global Affairs; Health Information Management; Hospitality and Tourism Management; Human Resource Management and Development; Languages and Humanities; Management and Systems; Marketing and Marketing Analytics; Professional Writing; Project Management; Public Relations and Corporate Communication; Publishing; Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Social Entrepreneurship; Sports Management, Media, and Business; and Translation.

More than 100 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty members and lecturers to create vibrant professional and academic networks that annually attract nearly 5,000 degree-seeking students from around the globe. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent professional education needs of local, national, and international economies, as evidenced by close to 48,000 Professional Pathways enrollments in Career Advancement Courses, Diploma Programs, workshops, and seminars. The School’s community is enriched by more than 28,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members. For more information about the NYU School of Professional Studies, visit sps.nyu.edu.