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OADI 2115 - What has the UN done for women's rights and gender equality?

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2019-2020

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The course presents a historical and institutional perspective on the UN sytem-wide contribution to norm setting, advocacy and programs to advance women's rights and gender equality worldwide. It also discusses current global issues related to women's rights and gender equality, including thematic discussions such as: equality before the law and in practice; violence against women; women peace and security; women's economic empowerment; women and decision making, gender stereotypes; universality vs. cultural relativism.


BENEDETTI, Fanny (Executive Director)

Course validation

Class participation (20%). Class participation is a critical component of this seminar. Students should come to class having thought deeply about the questions and issues that accompany each set of readings. A reflection paper (2-3 pages) (30%) and an oral presentation (20%). Students will be asked to write reflection papers for class presentation on selected themes (sessions 6 to 8). The goal of these papers is to give space to engage more actively with the reading. Themes and questions raised in the syllabus should be used as well as additional reading or relevant work. Gender analysis presentation (30%). This must be an original presentation, although it can be based on any course or other work related to any topic. The presentation can take its own shape and form, but in thinking about and framing the topic, the following points for guidance will be considered: o Where are the men and where are the women? If there is only one population, or subsection of a population (or even one individual), consider how gender is a definitional or contributing factor? o How does this topic affect women and men—does it do so equally and in the same way? If so how? [N.B.: You may also consider other categories of social analysis such as race/ethnicity, socio-economic status, disability, religion, age, migration status etc., as intersecting with gender] o What is the state doing or not doing to respect/protect/fulfill any of the human rights in question? Specifically, how is it taking gender into account? o What would you propose?

Required reading

  • 1. Charlotte Bunch & Samantha Frost, Women's Human Rights: An Introduction, in ROUTLEDGE INTERNATIONAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF WOMEN: GLOBAL WOMEN'S ISSUES AND KNOWLEDGE (Routledge 2000).
  • 2. Review and appraisal of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the outcomes of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly Report of the Secretary-General, E/CN.6/2015/3, 15 December 2014
  • 3. Women's rights are Human Rights, OHCHR, New York and Geneva, 2014