SIT Study Abroad Rwanda: Gender Politics and Women’s Rights (Summer Online)
Examine contemporary initiatives shaping gender politics in Rwanda and the broader impact of female political empowerment on women’s rights in the country.
Rwanda has recently emerged as one of the most innovative and successful countries in Africa. It is often presented as a success story when it comes to women’s empowerment, especially in the political field. While it is one of the few countries with a majority female legislature, Rwandan women, nonetheless, face some important challenges. This program will give you the opportunity to explore the intricacies of women’s social, economic, and political standings in this East African nation through an online seminar, followed by a three-week in-country experience. This program draws on critical African women’s studies, contemporary feminist theories, and theories of social change and social transformation to understand the main issues affecting Rwandans, with a strong focus on women. You will also learn about Rwandan women’s engagements with concepts of and experiences with gender identity, sexuality, patriarchy, masculinity, sexual harassment, rape, social inequalities, among other issues. In addition, you will examine the current political, social, economic, legal, and cultural reforms that have molded Rwanda’s gender politics. You will also have the opportunity to meet, discuss, and learn about the impact of those reforms from Rwandan women, scholars, activists, and political leaders.
- Explore gender politics and women’s rights in Rwanda, a country known for its commitment to gender equality.
- Examine the impact of female political empowerment on other women’s rights initiatives.
- Experience daily life during a two-week homestay with a Rwandan family. (J-term)
- Engage with scholars, practitioners, activists, and other experts on excursions and site visits. (J-term)
This course offers three weeks of online study and an optional three weeks abroad. The online course is open to all applicants; the in-person J-term is open to college undergraduates who have completed the online term.
July Online Course Details
Your three-week online course will provide an introduction to gender and women’s issues in Rwanda. It will include online classes, readings, reflective assignments, and comprehensive essays. You will also have lectures on selected topics from local Rwandan scholars and practitioners who have worked extensively in the field of gender and women’s rights. A variety of teaching materials such as readings and videos will also be used.
Optional January-term Course Details
During your three-week program in Rwanda, you will gain firsthand insight into the policies and initiatives impacting gender issues and women’s rights across the country. You will live with a Rwandan homestay family for two weeks and have the opportunity to explore how gender roles play out in a Rwandan nuclear family. On excursions you will visit sites that illustrate the effects of the above-mentioned reforms, as well as nongovernmental and government institutions where you will learn about different perspectives on these issues from experts, practitioners, activists, and others.
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