Gender and Peacebuilding

 Academic Year 2014-2015 


1.    Objectives

The Master of Arts Degree Programme in Gender and Peace Building offers critical knowledge and training in gender studies, which is a crucial aspect of any and all peace efforts.  The programme deals in depth with the diverse and international aspects of gender as they relate to violence, peace negotiations, peace building and peacekeeping in different locations on the planet.  The programme also encompasses the many fields of knowledge in which gender plays a crucial role.  The needs and interests of students and professionals are carefully considered in the design and implementation of the programme.

2.    Focus

Gender relations are acknowledged to be crucial and central issues in all efforts to design and implement peace building. Gender expertise is being recognized everywhere as a sine qua non for successful progress in these fields.  Our 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 Peace Building 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 Peace Building. The final product of these consultations has produced a demanding curriculum that requires participants to think critically about gender and peace while covering a broad range of specific issues.

3.    Main courses

The 40 credit 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 highly qualified professors 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 or Internship.

Following the courses for the Academic Year 2014-2015:

    • UPM 6001 UPEACE Foundation Course (3 Credits) – UPEACE Resident Faculty
    • DIL 6062 Workshop on Negotiation Skills (1 Credit) – Prof. Siniša Vukovic
    • GPB 6025 Gender Theories (3 Credits) – Prof. Jimena Alvarado
    • GPB 6026 Gender in Peace Building and Human Security (3 Credits) – Prof. Sara Sharratt
    • GPB 6022 Gender Mainstreaming in Peacekeeping Operations and in Humanitarian Assistance (3 Credits) – Prof. Anusanthee Pillay
    • GPB 6033 Research Methodology (3 Credits) – Prof. Ross Ryan and Prof. Jimena Alvarado
    • ELECTIVES (3 Credits) Participants can choose an elective course offered by the January UPEACE Institute  –  UPEACE Resident Faculty and Visiting Faculty
    • GPB 6060 Gender and Human Rights (3 Credits) – Prof. Alda Facio
    • GPB 6027 Gender in Conflict Resolution (3 Credits) – Prof. Ellyn Kaschak
    • GPB 6032 Principles and Practices in Gender Mainstreaming (1 Credit) – Prof. Virginia Cawagas
    • GPB 6028 Gender Identities and Queer Studies (3 Credits) – Prof. Gloria Filax
    • GPB 6029 Gender and Sustainable Environment and Economic Development (3 Credits) – Prof. Jimena Alvarado and Instructor Tara Ruttenberg
    • GPB 6015 Religion, Gender and Peace (2 Credits) – Prof. Toh Swee-Hin (S. H. Toh)
    • ELECTIVES (1 Credit) Participants can choose an elective course offered by UPEACE different programmes – UPEACE Resident Faculty
    • UPE 6028 Simulation Exercise on Model of UN Conference (UPMUNC) (1 Credit) – Prof. Ross Ryan
    • GPB 7100 Independent Research Project (8 Credits)

For complete course descriptions, course calendar and information about the professors, please follow this link: 

4.    Exit Profile

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 in their daily lives.

5.    Sample of Alumni Positions

    • 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.