SIT Study Abroad: Rwanda - Gender Politics and Women’s Rights

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This course offers three weeks of online study and three weeks abroad. The online course is open to all applicants; the in-person J-term is open to college undergraduates who have completed the online term. Rwanda has recently emerged as one of th... read more

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This course offers three weeks of online study and three weeks abroad. The online course is open to all applicants; the in-person J-term is open to college undergraduates who have completed the online term. Rwanda has recently emerged as one of the most innovative and successful countries in Africa. It is often presented as a success story when it comes to women’s empowerment, especially in the political field. While it is one of the few countries with a majority female legislature, Rwandan women, nonetheless, face some important challenges. This program will give you the opportunity to explore the intricacies of women’s social, economic, and political standings in this East African nation through an online seminar, followed by a three-week in-country experience. This program draws on critical African women’s studies, contemporary feminist theories, and theories of social change and social transformation to understand the main issues affecting Rwandans, with a strong focus on women. You will also learn about Rwandan women’s engagements with concepts of and experiences with gender identity, sexuality, patriarchy, masculinity, sexual harassment, rape, social inequalities, among other issues. In addition, you will examine the current political, social, economic, legal, and cultural reforms that have molded Rwanda’s gender politics. You will also have the opportunity to meet, discuss, and learn about the impact of those reforms from Rwandan women, scholars, activists, and political leaders. HIGHLIGHTS Explore gender politics and women’s rights in Rwanda, a country known for its commitment to gender equality. Examine the impact of female political empowerment on other women’s rights initiatives. Experience daily life during a two-week homestay with a Rwandan family. (J-term) Engage with scholars, practitioners, activists, and other experts on excursions and site visits. (J-term)

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  • Summer
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SIT Study Abroad awards need-based scholarships and grants. We do not offer merit-based awards at this time. Average awards range between $500 and $5,000 for our semester programs, and between $500 and $3,000 for our summer programs. Our scholarships and grants are available to all students accepted into an SIT Study Abroad program irrespective of citizenship, national origin, or home school. We do not require a separate scholarship application for each scholarship fund; eligible students will be evaluated for all funds for which they are eligible. Please note: SIT Study Abroad scholarships and grants are only applicable to tuition and room/board fees billed by SIT Study Abroad. We do not award scholarships or grants to cover any other expenses, including, but not limited to, immunizations, visa fees, books, or study abroad fees charged by your home school. If your home school has an established billing agreement with us, it is your responsibility to communicate with your home school as to how your SIT scholarship or grant will be passed on to you by your home school. For a list of available scholarships and grants, click here.

$500 - $5000

Deadlines:
April 1 for summer programs – extended to June 1 for summer 2020 May 15 for fall programs — extended to June 1 for fall 2020 November 1 for spring programs

Guidelines/Requirements:
The SIT Study Abroad scholarship application process has been fully integrated into our online program application. After ticking the scholarship box in the program application, please complete the following steps: Provide us with the name and email address of a financial aid officer at your home school. Electronically sign and date the FERPA release included as part of the application process. The financial aid officer at your school will be emailed a link to a secure web form where s/he will provide information about your financial aid at your home school

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