Course Catalog

01:988:445 Feminist Advocacy for Women’s Rights through the United Nations

Course Description

The course will foster Women’s and Gender Studies learning goals: Students will be able to identify, analyze, and critique the formation and reproduction of social, economic, and political hierarchies grounded in race, gender, ethnicity, nationality, and sexuality. Know the complexity and variety of differently gendered lives and livelihoods around the globe. Identify the politics of issue framing and knowledge production.

The course aims to bridge feminist theory and praxis though readings, discussions and concrete experiences at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and dialogue with feminist activists from around the world.

The priority theme of the 61th meeting of the UN Commission on the Status of Women will be women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work with a review of challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls and an emerging issue being the empowerment of indigenous women. The course will explore four broad themes:  global strategies for women’s economic empowerment; strategies for the implementation of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development; human rights and macroeconomic policies; empowerment of indigenous women and the contributions and insights of feminist perspectives on women’s economic rights and development in general and the possibilities and liabilities of the United Nations as a venue for feminist advocacy. The course will encourage the use of an intersectional lens to explore these themes.