Gender, Diversity and Social Transformation

Dates  : 1st - 30th May 2019
Venue: Visthar, Bangalore, India

An international course accredited by XISS (Xavier Institute of Social Sciences), a premier institute for the study of social sciences in India. Attracts participants from across the globe, representing Civil Society Organizations, Human Rights Commissions, Educational Institutions, Faith Based Organizations, Community Based Organizations and Social Movements. The 13th edition to be held in May 2019.



The course aims at strengthening participants’:

  • Understanding of concepts of gender, diversity and social transformation in the Asian and African contexts.
  • Understanding of the recent debates on gender justice, masculinities, LGBTQ rights, disabilityand empowerment.
  • Understanding of the implications of globalisation, disasters and conflicts, for gender relations and women’s rights.
  • Understanding of the policies of the government and UN agencies from a gender and diversity perspective and evolve action plans to strengthen gender and social equity.
  • Skills in facilitating transformative learning in Gender and Diversity.


Contents / Themes

 The course will have seven modules.

 1. Gender, social relations and social institutions

  •  Gender and self : Personal constructs of masculinities and femininities
  • Concepts of sex and gender, gender roles and gender relations
  • Patriarchy, capitalism, caste and disability: Intersections
  • Recent debates on gender justice, masculinities, LGBTQ rights, disability and empowerment.GDST1

 2. Gender, masculinities and development

  • Masculinities, social relations and institutions
  • Multiple masculinities
  • The ‘politics of masculinity’ and issues of power and patriarchy
  • The triangulation between gender, masculinities and development
  • Gender based violence and masculinities
  • Strategies to engage with men as agents of transformative change
  • Gender Based Violence Against Children

 3.Gender, disability and inclusive development

  • Concepts of impairment and disability
  • Rights of people with disabilities
  • Gender and disability inclusive development

4. Gender, sexuality and reproductive rights

  • Sexuality, sexual and reproductive health and rights
  • Social determinants of sexual and reproductive health
  • Application of gender analysis and a human rights framework to sexual and reproductive health policies and programmes
  • Strategies to advocate for sexual and reproductive rights at the community and state/national levels

 5. Gender, poverty and rights

  • Dimensions and causes of poverty
  • Gender specific causes and coping strategies
  • The elements of globalisation and its impact on lives and livelihood of the poor, women and other marginalized groups.
  • The concept of human rights, and rights enshrined in human rights Covenants and CEDAW.
  • Gender and the Sustainable Development Goals

 6. Gender, disasters and conflicts

  • Gender (and socially) differentiated impact of disasters and conflicts on women/men and girls/boys
  • Gender, climate change and food security
  • The policies of the government and UN agencies in the region on disaster and conflict/peace from a gender perspective.
  • Disaster and conflict response strategies from a gender lens

 7. Gender mainstreaming- concepts and methodologies

  • Frameworks and tools for gender and diversity analysis and planning
  • Policy approaches to women’s development
  • The social relations and institutional perspective to gender and development.
  • Engendering budgeting, planning, monitoring and evaluation

 Facilitators / Resource persons

The course will be facilitated by Mercy Kappen and Roshen Chandran from Visthar.The course will also draw on a panel of resource persons including Ms. Ranjani K Murthy (Independent Researcher and Author), Dr. Sekhar Seshadri (NIMHANS Bangalore), Dr. David Selvaraj (Educationist), and leading grassroots activists who have been working for gender justice for several decades. Participants will also get opportunities to interact with and learn from social activists and women’s rights organizations in Bangalore.


The course will follow an action-reflection-action model (Paulo Freire). The facilitators / resource persons will build on participants own experiences and knowledge base. The methodologies will include group discussions, case studies, role plays, audio-visuals, input sessions and exposure visits. Participants will share best practices and develop plans and strategies related to each module.

Course fee and registration

The course fee for non-resident participants from India is Rs.5,000/- (Rupees five thousand only) and for resident participants Rs. 15,000/-(rupees fifteenthousand only). The fee for international participants is $ 800 (USD eight hundred only). The fee covers board and lodging, course material and local travel related to the course. Last date to apply- 31st March 2019.


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