Institute for Gender and Development Studies


IGDS INNOVATIONS: Online Learning and Capacity Building

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Gender, Climate Justice, and Food Systems Resilience

IGDS in partnership with the Department of Geography

Explore the intersections of gender equality and environmental issues to promote climate justice and food system resilience.

Build more resilient food systems with the University of the West Indies

Consider climate justice and food systems resilience through the lens of gender

Take a gender transformative approach to climate action and food justice

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Gender equality, climate action and zero hunger are three of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. On this two-week course from the University of the West Indies, you’ll explore the interconnections between these three goals. Guided by a team of gender and environment experts, you’ll learn why gender matters when fighting climate change, what gender roles operate within food systems, and how food insecurity relates to climate justice. You’ll start the course by exploring where issues of gender, climate, and food security overlap or intersect. You’ll review the relevant Sustainable Development Goals, and discuss all three through the lens of gender. In Week 2 of the course, you’ll investigate what it means to take a gender transformative approach (GTA) to issues of global significance. You’ll examine some real-world examples of gender transformative approaches to combating climate change and food insecurity, and consider ways of harnessing this potential to protect global populations. You’ll finish the course ready to champion sustainable development by tackling injustices relating to gender, the environment, and food insecurity.  Enroll in our MOOC on Future Learn Today! 


Powerful Women and the Principles of Feminist Transformational Leadership

Explore transformative leadership strategies from a feminist perspective

Examine the achievements of exemplary women leaders

Learn to lead with a focus on social justice and ethical practice

Plan your visionary action as a transformational leader

Feminist transformational leadership (FTL) provides an opportunity to occupy a political stance while leading to serve both women and men as well as being cognizant of varied life experiences and multiple points of difference. Mainstream definitions of leaders and leadership typically promote a dichotomisation of styles by gender, characterising traditional models as masculine and associating them with men and masculine traits, or defining a “feminine” leadership style that often essentialises women, and by extension men. Women leaders are not necessarily feminist leaders, and with that caveat, we examine the ways in which selected powerful women leaders have employed principles of FTL and how it contributed to their success, and how they approached challenges. Participants will draw from the experiences and challenges of women leaders in politics and activism and evaluate the extent to which they can extract and employ similar strategies and learn from the mindsets and approaches of these women. Completion of this course will enhance participants’ leadership skills in a way that promotes social justice, and embraces diversity and inclusivity. Participants will be empowered and confident to apply principles learned to their own contexts and endeavours, whether within a formal organisation or in activism, whether already in a formal or informal leadership role or aspiring to lead.  Enroll in our MOOC on FutureLearn today!



News: October 2022 – The IGDS, The UWI, has launched its first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the FutureLearn platform, titled 'Powerful Women and the Principles of Feminist Transformational Leadership.'
This 3-week course is now open for enrollment. The course highlights prominent global women leaders and the ways in which they exemplified the values and employed principles of feminist transformational leadership. The course provides a framework and mapping exercise to guide participants in crafting their own feminist transformational vision and goals and planning their visionary action. The educators on this course are Dr Sue Ann Barratt, Dr Gabrielle Hosein, Dr Dalea Bean and Ms Raquel Sukhu.

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