Gender and Peace Building

The Master of Arts Degree Programme in Gender and Peacebuilding is designed to encompass the many fields of knowledge and regional experiences in which gender is an essential part of peacebuilding processes. The programme responds to the needs and interests of participants and professionals who seek to increase their knowledge and understanding of current events and participate in the prevention and resolution of conflicts.

The programme is designed for graduate students from all professional and academic backgrounds who desire to pursue a career in gender and peace issues. Participants can expect to gain the skills and tools that will enable them to serve as gender trainers or officers, to participate in peace negotiations, to understand conflicts from a gender perspective, and to work in international organizations, humanitarian aid agencies, and governmental institutions. Participants in the programme will also acquire advanced skills in research, data collection, and critical analysis.

Admission to the programme is open to qualified participants who have completed a Bachelor’s degree at a recognized academic institution and who demonstrate an active interest in the field of Gender and Peace Studies. A written essay will be requested as well as two letters of recommendation from faculty members and/or employees. In addition, applicants will be required to demonstrate an adequate knowledge of English, through TOEFL results or completion of studies at an English-speaking institution.

The Gender and Peacebuilding Master Programme has worked with professors from around the world to develop a set of truly unique courses that address the interface between the fields of Gender and Peacebuilding. The final product of these consultations has produced a demanding curriculum that requires participants to think critically about the two overarching themes while covering a broad range of specific issues.

The 40 credits programme is distributed over two semesters and one research term for a total duration of 11 months. Courses are taught in intensive three week time periods, requiring 45 hours of class work, under the guidance of a highly qualified professor and recognized international guest lecturers. During the final term, participants are expected to finalize their work at UPEACE's main campus through the completion of an Independent Research Project.

The required courses are:

First Term (15 credits)
PCS6000 Foundation in Peace and Conflict Studies (3 credits) UPEACE Resident Faculty
DIL-6056 Introduction into the Field (3 Credits) Juan Carlos Sainz-Borgo, Julia Hoffmann, Ameena Al Rasheed, Mihir Kanade.
GPB-6020 Research Methods, Ethnography and Feminist epistemology (3 Credits) Ameena Al Rasheed, Juan Carlos Sainz-Borgo, Julia Hoffmann & Mihir Kanade.
GPB-6060 Gender and Human Rights (3 Credits) Ameena Al Rasheed.
GPB-6014 Gender Concepts and Post-Colonial Theory (3 Credits) Shirley Tate.

Second Term (17 credits)
GPB-6011 Gender Studies and Peacebuilding (3 Credits) Sara Sharrat.
GPB-6012 History of Sexual Rights (1 credit) Prof. Jacobo Schifter.
GPB-6015 Religion, Gender and Peace (2 Credit) Swee-Hin Toh.
GPB-6017 Gender and Humanitarian issues (1 credit) Mihir Kanade.
GPB-6048 A Gender Analysis of the Environment and Sustainable Development (3 credits) Virginia Cawagas.
GPB-6046 Gender Economics and Development (2 Credits) Ameena Al Rasheed.
GPB-6023 Masculinities and Violence (3 Credits) Adam Baird.
GPB-6016 Gender Symposium (1 Credit) Ameena Al Rasheed.
UPE-DIL-6023 Contemporary Challenges to Peace Conference (1 credit) Student-led Conference.

Third Term (9 credits)
UPE-6028 UPMUNC Simulation Exercise on Model of UN Conference (1 Credit) Mihir Kanade.
GPB-7100 Independent Research Project/Internship Graduation Project Advisor (8 credits)

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Upon graduation, participants may expect to successfully write grant proposals, as well as to design, implement and evaluate a variety of programmes and projects, based upon a profound knowledge of the conflicts and struggles brought about by discrimination based on gender-oriented power relations. Graduates will be able to recognize the enormous possibilities that a gender perspective offers to men and women in the prevention of conflicts, sitting at the negotiating table, or participating in post-conflict intervention. They will also be able to implement the concepts of equality and equity in their daily public and private lives.

Here are some examples of the professional involvement of our GPB graduates:

  • Hovig Etyemezian, Lebanon (GPB 2004) is the Emergency Coordinator for the DR Congo of CARE International.
  • Angela Rossini Ison, The Philippines (GPB 2004) is the Associate Gender Affairs Officer United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).
  • Shannon Mathieu, USA (GPB 2005) currently works at the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, Political Unit. United Nations.
  • Mariella Cruzado, Perú (GPB 2005) currently works as Specialist at the Department of Public Security Organization of American States (OAS).
  • Alex Sivalie Mbayo, Sierra Leone (GPB 2006) works as a University Lecturer at the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone.
  • Monica Henry, USA (GPB 2006) works as New Beginnings Program Manager/Victim Advocate at Quileute Nations Organization.
  • Grace Tasila Mbewe, Zambia (GPB-2007) works as Programme Coordinator at Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation.
  • Ana Cláudia Menezes, Brazil (GPB 2008) currently works as Information and Documentation Officer for Angola Programme of Christian Aid.
  • Mayme Audra Lefurgey, Canada (GPB 2011) worked as gender specialist with the Malawian Government and as women and girls education programme associate London. UK.
  • Dr. Shahbaz Israr Khan, Pakistan (GPB 2011) Programme officer at Bargad Organization for Youth development in Pakistan.