Gender and Leadership


This course considers the experiences of men and women leaders by answering two questions: Why have women now gained more access to powerful leadership positions? Why do men continue to have far more access than women do? To address these questions, the course reviews research from a variety of social science disciplines, including social psychology, sociology, economics, political science, management and organizational science, and anthropology.

The course is aimed at practitioners from across the continent working in areas relating to gender, development, health and human rights. Although the course has a strong theoretical emphasis, components of the course will focus on equipping participants with practical advocacy skills for tackling gender inequality. This will be done through a mix of didactic and experiential work.

Course Deliverables

  • International human rights as it relates to gender equality
  • Key feminist concepts around human rights and gender in development theories
  • Overview on why engaging men  for gender equality and debates around this approach
  • Gender, culture, tradition and religion
  • Case studies of promising practices on engaging men for gender equality globally
  • Gender- based violence prevention
  • Sexual and reproductive health and rights and HIV and AIDS
  • LGBTI rights
  • Parenthood and gender equality: MenCare.