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Gender in International Affairs

Since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted in 1948, gender has played an increasingly central role in the conduct of international affairs. Global civil society has organized to advocate for the rights of women and girls; several major international agreements, commissions, and conferences have addressed gender equality; and feminist critiques have informed the development of international relations. At the same time, there has been considerable social and political backlash, and severe problems of discrimination and violence persist, including socioeconomic inequities, denial of sexual and reproductive rights, sexual assault, and numerous culture- and religion-based forms of oppression. This course will provide a broad multidisciplinary overview of gender in international affairs, including the application of a “gender lens” to a diverse array of issues. It also will take into account intersectional perspectives, including race/ethnicity, class, age, nationality, and LGBTI status.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Deeper knowledge of critical global issues relating to the rights and welfare of women and girls
  • The ability to apply a “gender lens” to the analysis of international affairs
  • The opportunity to focus on a gender-related topic of your choice

Ideal for

  • Those seeking a broad multidisciplinary overview of gender in international affairs
  • Professionals who work with, or aim to work with, the rights and welfare of women and girls at the international level
  • Advocates and activists for global gender justice
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