Global Gender Policy

The Global Gender Policy program and the Gender Equality Initiative in International Affairs have a joint mission to equip Elliott students with the necessary knowledge, skills and experiences they require to become world class leaders on gender equality issues in a multiplicity of roles such as: gender expert policymakers, advocates, practitioners, researchers, and change makers.

Worldwide, efforts by armed groups to undermine women’s rights, including the sexual enslavement of women and girls, is a common thread running through global conflicts and terrorism. Other global issues include the persistent gender gap in completion of education; the acute impact of climate change on female smallholder farmers; and the need for women’s equal participation in peace processes. We need all genders in this conversation to shift our understandings and create more equal, fair and just societies. The #MeToo movement has opened up space for new discourses on eliminating gender-based violence and ending discrimination within the workplace. The movement has encouraged more men to become vocal and visible in their support for gender equality issues and we are delighted to note increasing numbers of men are participating in this field study. Our courses include case studies on women, girls, gender and sexual minorities as well as men and boys in development, humanitarian, conflict and security contexts.

The subject of gender in international affairs and its intersections with race, religion, age, ethnicity, disability, sexuality, and class, is not only a highly complex topic it is also a highly sensitive one, that can be culturally and socially divisive and challenging. To work on gender issues requires a firm grounding in knowledge (research, data, policy) as well as the courage and commitment to create transformative agendas that push against discriminatory norms. As such, Elliott students are supported to build strong networks and alliances through the Gender Equality Initiative in International Affairs (GEIA) by engaging a community of cutting-edge research institutes, think tanks, governmental and development agencies in a series of substantive and social events throughout the academic year.


The Elliott School provides a 15-credit graduate certificate and a specialization for Master’s degree students in Global Gender Policy. Our three-credit courses include Global Gender Policy; Violence, Gender & Humanitarian Assistance; Gender, War and Peace; and Gender and Development. Many incoming Master’s degree students report that they enrolled at the Elliott School because the gender-equality specialization enables them to pursue careers in this field.

Professional Skills Courses (One-Credit): Our four professional skills courses provide students with a solid grounding in Advocacy for Women’s Rights: Speaking Truth to Power; how to be a Gender Advisor, how to conduct Gender Monitoring & Evaluations and how to prepare Gender Responsive Budgets. These courses will equip students to become expert gender advisors in governmental and non-governmental organizations in the United States, as well as international development agencies such as Care International and international organizations such as the United Nations.

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