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F1ID 4065 - Gender and Development from a Rights-Based Approach

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2020-2021

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

TITLE: Gender and Development from a Rights-Based Approach: Achieving Gender Equality in International Cooperation

The Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development Goals sets the new scene for integrating gender as a cross-cutting issue in development. Ultimately, 40 years after the first World Conference on the International Women's Year held in Mexico in 1975 and three successive World Conferences on Women (Copenhagen 1980, Nairobi 1985 and Beijing 1995), the global women's network positioned gender equality on equal terms with mainstream international cooperation. In spite of these efforts, women still feel the need to empower, to claim their rights and to fight for justice, equal opportunities and gender equality. The course will question progress and analyse the structural causes of gender inequality, discrimination and violations of women's rights. Case studies from Africa will unravel capacity gaps, respectively of duty-bearers to respect, protect and promote women's rights and of right-holders to know, claim and enjoy their rights. Students will be skilled to integrate gender in the cooperation cycle and to apply tools and approaches during classes.

1. Students will understand the challenges of addressing gender equality into international cooperation;
2. Students will strengthen their capacities to discuss and defend their opinions regarding the integration of gender equality from a human rights perspective in international cooperation;
3. Students will build capacities allowing them to identify, analyse gender sensitive projects and programmes according to the Programme and Project Cycle Management (PPCM);
4. Students will apply new tools to identify good practices at non-governmental, bilateral and multilateral level regarding gender equality in international cooperation;
5. Students will acquire knowledge about monitoring and evaluation of international human rights instruments (binding f. ex. the Convention on the Eradication of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and non-binding f. ex. the Agenda 2030 and the Beijing Platform for Action).

The course pays attention to sensitive questions students face when planning for entering the professional arena. Upon request, students will be coached and discuss answers to the following questions:
• When does my career start? (empowerment, self-management and time management)
• How can I prepare for my internship or first job? (planning, monitoring and evaluating)
• How can I use my voice to empower? (voice coaching)


RAVESLOOT, Saskia (Director - SARACO bvba, Office for Gender and Human Rights)

Pedagogical format

The course consists of five theoretical and one thematic unit, the latter being a case study from Morocco, with a focus on migration.
The pedagogical approach is interactive and combines lectures with teamwork. During the class, students are invited to take an active role and come prepared to join discussions. Preparation consists of building arguments, based on suggested reading.

Course validation

The grading and assessment is a combination of:
i) the participation in class discussions (10%);
ii) a mid-term assessment (40%)
iii) a paper on a topic from the list to be shared during the first session (50%). The deadline for the paper is 30/04/2021.

Students will receive feedback after the sessions: students will have the possibility to ask additional questions and to receive individual coaching where needed. On a collective basis, after the presentation of their mid-term assessment and the final assessment.


- Attendance: 2 hours a week / 24 hours a semester
- Reading and Preparation for Class: 4 hours a week / 48 hours a semester
- Research and Preparation for Group Work: 2 hours a week / 24 hours a semester
- Research and Writing for Individual Assessments: 4 hours a week / 48 hours a semester

Required reading

  • Kabeer, N. and Natali, L., 2013. Gender equality and economic growth: is there a win‐win?. IDS Working Papers, 2013(417), pp.1-58. Retrieved, November, 6, 2020.
  • Kabeer, N., 2016. Gender equality, economic growth, and women's agency: the “endless variety” and “monotonous similarity” of patriarchal constraints. Feminist Economics, 22(1), pp.295-321. Retrieved, November, 6, 2020.

Additional required reading

  • Baden, S. and Reeves, H., 2000. Gender and development: Concepts and definitions (p. 28). Bridge. Retrieved, November, 6, 2020.
  • Khan, Z., 2009. Gender responsive budgeting. Financial Markets.