This course analyzes the specific challenges women face in the Global South. This course will focus on the history of development efforts in the Global South, as well as why many development policies have gender-differentiated outcomes. We will look not just at poverty, but the political constructs and institutions that challenge women’s empowerment throughout society. In considering development approaches, we’ll look at large scale efforts and institutions, as well as small scale, grass roots projects. Our analysis will be informed by a variety of perspectives and disciplines.
This course will highlight how development challenges–such as the fight for reproductive rights, the curse of economic inequality, the exploitation of “sweatshop” labor, access to microfinance schemes, and the challenge of women’ political participation–can vary widely across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. We will look at the role that non-governmental organizations have in empowering women, as well as how many development challenges are exacerbated by socio-economic realities such as the steep rural-urban divide. We will analyze specific solutions to the challenges that women in the countries we are visiting face, as well as the success stories where women have utilized their unique talents to push for meaningful political change.
Field WorkCountry: Morocco
Date: April 11, 2017