Founded in November 2015, the Center for Gender and Development Studies (CGDS) is a flourishing institution inside AUIS, which challenges gender inequality through teaching, research, and community capacity building. In line with its view that education can play a major role in combating gender discrimination and radicalism, CGDS has developed gender-related courses, organized seminars and workshops, and facilitated trainings for AUIS students and the larger community.
We are pleased to announce, in order to develop its academic and outreach offerings, CGDS has successfully obtained support from the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) to build a partnership with the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Ball State University (BSU). Securing this competitive IREX grant puts CGDS in an excellent position to develop continuing international programs.
Founded in 1918, BSU is located in Indiana, USA. It hosts major and minor programs in Women’s and Gender Studies. The programs address issues affecting women and other marginalized communities based on sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, nationality, geography, disability, and religion. BSU has extensive experience working with universities and other learning institutions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Burma, Jordan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Central America, and Sub-Saharan Africa.
The main goal of the IREX supported partnership is to share best practices, teaching methodologies, and materials that would enhance the educational experience for students in both universities. CGDS aims to develop a program specifically designed for activists in the field of gender equality and an MA program in gender studies.
Article written by Raz Yadulla