Gender and Livelihoods: A Gender Transformative Approach

Enabling practitioners to introspect on their work and integrate a gender transformative approach in their programmes. 

Gender and Livelihoods A Gender Transformative Approach

In the last two or three decades, government and non-governmental programmes have been targeting women and women’s groups as a strategy to meet their development goals. However, many of these programmes use a service delivery approach or an inclusion lens that address the immediate needs rather than the strategic needs of women. 

Such programmes often leave existing power structures underlying the world of work unaltered and unchallenged. This results in incremental benefits to women without any substantial change in their overall status in family, community and market. 

Development programmes sometimes also take an instrumentalist view of women’s role in economic development without investing sufficiently in women’s agency, voice and visibility. As a result, the programs often fall short of creating substantial transformative change on the ground. 

Keeping these critical concerns in view, Azim Premji University, Bengaluru is offering a short course for development practitioners to address these issues and gaps, to enable practitioners to introspect on their work and integrate a gender transformative approach in their programmes. 

The course will explore how gender inequalities shape and influence labour and livelihoods, and the measures required for livelihood interventions to become gender transformative.

The learning outcomes of the course are: 

  • To understand how gender and power across family, community, state and market institutions impact livelihood opportunities, choices, and outcomes. 
  • To use an intersectional approach to examine the relationship between gender and labour.
  • To understand how to integrate gender lens in livelihoods programmes/​interventions.
  • Patriarchy and how it shapes the world of work.
  • Women’s work: Histories and struggles
  • Intersectionality-caste, class, gender (spectrum), sexuality, disability
  • Gender, migration, work
  • Gender and technology
  • Globalisation, informalisation and feminisation of work
  • Integrating a gender lens in livelihoods

This course will be offered to organisations/​practitioners who work or intend to work in the domain of livelihoods. This includes individuals working in the livelihood programmnes of the Government and NGOs, consultants working in the livelihoods space, and journalists who write on these issues.

The participants should have a minimum of 2 years of work experience in the development sector.

The criteria are set keeping in mind the intent that the participant would be able to integrate the learnings from the course into their practice within their field and organisational contexts. 

All applicants must possess a working knowledge of English. 

Azim Premji University is committed to diversity and inclusion, and we encourage participants with different genders, disabilities and social backgrounds to apply.

Applicants will be shortlisted based on their written applications. The last date for submitting applications is 31 May 2024. The selected candidates will be informed by 7 June 2024.

Participants should expect an engaging and interactive six-day programme focused on perspective-building, reflection and participatory learning through group activities. Participants will receive a Certificate of Participation’ from Azim Premji University upon attending all the sessions.

Click here for more details about the August 2024 batch.

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