The Course has the following objectives:

  1. To Map and analyze perspectives, issues, and discourses on development from gender perspective.
  2. To understand feminism both in global and local contexts and the feminist standpoint in the present development discourse.
  3. To bestow a critical overview about the way that the category gender is placed in development at the levels of policy making.


The course seeks to provide knowledge to the participants about the concepts of gender and bestows a critical overview about the way that the category gender is placed in development at the levels of policy making. Gender is an important consideration in development. It is a way of looking at how social norms and power structures impact on the lives and opportunities available to different groups of men and women. Globally, more women than men live in poverty. Gender is a complex variable that is a part of social, cultural, economic and political contexts. It is also relevant for the work of civil society movements.


Gender refers to socially constructed differences between men and women. Women are also less likely than men to receive basic education and to be appointed to a political position nationally and internationally. Understanding that men and women, boys and girls experience poverty differently and face different barriers in accessing services, economic resources and political opportunities helps to target interventions. The Gender and Development (GAD) approach followed, focusing on larger inequities and unequal relations. GAD advocates called for a deeper understanding of the socially constructed basis of gender differences and how this impacts on relationships between men and women. They argued for an improved understanding of power relations and the gendered nature of systems and institutions which impact on the lives of women and men. Rather than incorporating women into the current patriarchal system, GAD advocates argued for the transformation of the system into one characterised by gender equality.


This course will develop understanding of gender in a holistic perspective and the role of society /Culture in gender construction, theoretical understanding with the knowledge of basic theories of Gender and development. Participants will understand the problems/issues and challenges regarding gender and development. This course will enable them to understand that gender considerations in development enhance sustainable development.




The course is unique because it is covering very sensitive topic “Gender in development” it focuses on connections between gender and development initiatives and feminists’ perspectives, and deals with issues such as health and education, decision making and leadership, peace building, violence against women and economic empowerment. Development cannot be realized without the very significant component of gender. Countries the world over have proved that exclusion of women in development has rendered their development efforts futile.



Session 1:- Ice-Breaking + Introduction + Orientation to the training

1.1 : Introductions

1.2 : About the Program – Context, Goal , Objectives and Outcome

1.3 : Expectations Sharing

1.4 : How to Resolve Queries/ Online Discipline

Session 2:- An Introduction to Gender and Development– Gender sensitization

2.1: Various discourses on Gender and unequal gender relations in fields

2.2: Understanding the culture and society in gender construction- case studies.

2.3: Do culture and society promote gender equality- various discourses about gender and its characteristics and nature?

2.4: How social and cultural institutions confirms the logics of gender  stereotypes.


Session 3:- Gender and Feminism: The Conceptual Understanding and its Interaction

3.1: Feminism: Preconditions of Origin, Arguments and Movement in the modern period.

3.2: Theories of Gender and Development -Judith Butler- Gender Performativity. , Candace West and Don H. Zimmerman- Doing Gender and Gender Display,

3.3: Luce Irigaray- On Gender Project: The Historical Injustice of Women in Western Culture.

Session 4:-The Role of Feminist Theories and Movements for Gender Justice

4.1: Evaluating the arguments and demands of feminist theories.

4.2: Reviewing its success.

4.3: Gender movements for respect, recognition, and rights.

4.4: Contributions of feminist theories and their academic activism.

4.5: Analyzing the usefulness and relevance of feminist theories and movements.


Session 5– Understanding theory of Gender Development

5.1: Social learning theory.

5.2: Cognitive Development theory.

5.3: Gender Schema theory

Session 6- Gender Issues in Development: Debates and Controversies on Gender in contemporary India

6.1: Effects of modern development model on gender, social, economic, political -Can the modern development alter the present gender status quo.

6.2: Gender exploitation in modern development- exploitation of women in development sector, gender disparity in remuneration, labor-market imbalances.

6.3: Gender representation- map representation of women in policy-making, administration, social activism- condition of women working in institutions and agencies- government and private sector.


Session 7- Forms of Gender Based Violence and Injustice

7.1: Sexual Violence against women.

7.2: Enforcing Moral Codes (Case of Honour Killings and other Rituals, Systems, Practices).

7.3: Cultural Practices: Gender in Caste and Religion.

7.4: Gender-based Violence (GBV)- case studies from developing countries- both public   and domestic- marriage, religion, working sector.


Session 8- Gender Budgeting: Conceptual framework

8.1: Gender Responsive Budgeting Initiatives.

8.2: Gender Responsive Budgeting Tools.


Session 9- Why Implement Gender Budgeting: Pursuit of Gender concerns with various Ministries

9.1: Gender Budgeting in government of India

9.2: Budgeting for Gender Equity: Strategic Framework of Activities

9.3:  Initiatives from outside of Government Ministries


Session 10– Gender Audit: Policy and Practice

10.1: Definition and purpose of the Gender Audit

10.2: How does a gender audit work?

1.3:  Gender audit dimensions: An internal audit, An external audit

Faculty Contact

  1. Dr. Nupur Tiwary