Through the eyes of rural Rwandan Girls’ and Women’s strategies for engendering poverty reduction programs

rwanda, festep

This 3 years study funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada is housed within the Institute of Gender, Sexuality and Feminist studies at McGill University. The study is part of a larger project by the interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral team, focusing on the social and economic empowerment of rural girls and women in Rwanda, South Africa and Ethiopia.

Research Team

McGill University:
Myriam Gervais (PI), Claudia Mitchell,
Eliane Ubalijoro
National University of Rwanda: Euthalie Nyirabega
University of KwaZulu-Natal: Naydene DeLange

Overview of study

This research project aims to identify lessons, challenges and opportunities for enhancing gender equality, and to reveal ways of rethinking current poverty strategies through the inclusion of women in development processes. As such, it draws upon an interdisciplinary approach, utilizing participatory visual methodologies to analyze key issues through the experiences of rural girls and women, using rural Rwanda as a case study. In particular, the study will make use of photovoice, an approach which involves using cameras and photographs, as a way to give girls and women a voice in addressing the issues. Rural girls’ and women’s direct involvement, we anticipate, will help map out the complexity of cross-sectoral issues and will serve to record their concerns, their choices and their practical solutions for enhancing poverty reduction strategies.

The main outcomes from this research project are to:

  • Provide data, evidence and analysis of girls’ and women’s concerns, their choices and their critical role in grassroots policy making and poverty reduction programs.
  • Inform development and social policies and the allocation of resources to improve rural Rwandan girls’ and women’s lives.
  • Provide theoretical insights for other contexts or situations which are comparable elsewhere in Africa.
  • Highlight the ways in which participatory methodologies can provide different data and alternate interpretations and insights regarding gender sensitive agendas.
  • Reinforce networking and partnerships between Canadian and African Feminist Scholars.
  • Train new researchers in Canada and in Rwanda in the use of participatory visual methods and on gender-based-analysis, especially within a development context.

The project will also enable senior and young researchers from diverse disciplines to converge around the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies’ research axis of equity and justice.

Key words

Rural female poverty, gender barriers, participatory visual methodologies, tacit knowledge, engendering development, poverty reduction strategies, Africa, Rwanda

For further information contact: myriam [dot] gervais [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Myriam Gervais)

IGSF Job Posting

Assistant Professor in Feminism, Gender and/or Sexuality

The Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at McGill University in Montreal, Canada invites applications for a joint-appointed, tenure track assistant professor position in Feminist, Gender and/or Sexuality Studies with an emphasis on Social Justice. The successful candidate will hold a joint appointed position in the Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies as well as either the Department of Sociology or the Department of Political Science, according to their profile. Candidates must demonstrate outstanding research potential and publication records, a record of graduate training in the disciplines of Sociology or Political Science and Women’s/Gender Studies, substantial and relevant teaching experience or potential, and a strong commitment to interdisciplinary inquiry and the support of diverse intellectual communities. We seek candidates who value diversity and whose research, teaching and service bear this out.

The hiring committee welcomes applications from qualified candidates working in critical approaches to intersectionality and social justice. We particularly welcome candidates whose work addresses any of the following areas: indigenous studies, postcolonial studies, race and/or ethnicity, disability, trans* studies, sexuality and queer research, social inequalities or social movements.

In addition to developing courses in their areas of expertise, the successful candidate will teach a variety of core courses in IGSF’s teaching program including introductory courses such as GSFS 200 Feminist and Social Justice Studies or GSFS 250 Sexual and Gender Diversity Studies, and in the sociology or political science departments at both the graduate and undergraduate level; supervise students and contribute to the intellectual life of the university.

Applicants must have a PhD in hand at the time of appointment. The appointment begins 1 August 2017. Inquiries about this position can be sent to IGSFhire [at] mcgill [dot] ca to the attention of Alanna Thain, Director, IGSF, McGill University

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, evidence of teaching experience and effectiveness (for example: summaries of teaching evaluations, sample course syllabi, courses as instructor or teaching assistant, etc.; three pages max) and a writing sample (20-30 pages). The committee will begin reviewing applications on 10 December, 2016; applications received after that date may not receive full consideration. All materials, including referees’ letters of recommendation, must be submitted electronically to https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/8366.

Knowledge of French would be an asset for this position.

McGill University is committed to diversity and equity in employment. It welcomes applications from: women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, visible minorities, and others who may contribute to diversification. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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Professeur adjoint dans les études féministes, des genres et/ou des sexualités

L’Institut Genre, sexualité et féminisme de l’Université McGill à Montréal, Canada, sollicite des candidatures pour un poste de professeur adjoint menant à la permanence dans les études féministes, des genres et/ou des sexualités mettant l'accent sur la justice sociale. Le candidat retenu occupera un poste conjoint entre l’Institut Genre, sexualité et féminisme et, soit le Département de sociologie, soit le Département de science politique, selon son profil. Les candidats doivent posséder un potentiel exceptionnel pour la recherche, un excellent dossier de publication, une formation aux cycles supérieurs dans les disciplines de la sociologie ou de la science politique et des études féministes et des genres, une expérience significative et pertinente (ou un potentiel) en enseignement, et faire preuve d’un solide engagement envers la recherche interdisciplinaire et le soutien des diverses communautés intellectuelles. Nous recherchons des candidats qui valorisent la diversité et dont les travaux de recherche, l’enseignement et les services en témoignent.

Le comité de sélection accueillera favorablement les candidatures de personnes qualifiées œuvrant dans le domaine des approches critiques de l’intersectionalité et la justice sociale. Nous invitons particulièrement les candidats dont les travaux portent sur l’un des domaines suivants : études autochtones, études postcoloniales, études de la race et/ou de l’origine ethnique, incapacités/handicaps, études trans*, recherches sur la sexualité et la théorie queer, inégalités ou mouvements sociaux.

En plus d’élaborer des cours dans ses domaines de spécialisation, le candidat retenu devra enseigner un éventail de cours de premier cycle dans le programme de l’IGSF, tels les cours d’introduction GSFS 200 ‘Feminist and Social Justice Studies’ ou GSFS 250 ‘Sexual and Gender Diversity Studies’, et des cours au premier cycle et aux cycles supérieurs dans les départements de sociologie ou de science politique; encadrer les étudiants et contribuer à la vie intellectuelle de l'université.

Le candidat retenu devra être titulaire d’un doctorat au moment de sa nomination. La date prévue d’entrée en fonction est le 1er août 2017. Les demandes de renseignements au sujet de ce poste doivent être envoyées à l’adresse suivante IGSFhire [at] mcgill [dot] ca à l'attention de Alanna Thain, Directrice, IGSF, Université McGill.

Les dossiers de candidature doivent comprendre une lettre de présentation, un curriculum vitae, trois lettres de recommandation, des documents attestant l’expérience et les compétences dans le domaine de l’enseignement (par exemple, évaluations de l’enseignement, syllabus, cours offerts comme instructeur ou assistant d’enseignement ; trois pages maximum) ainsi qu’un échantillon de leurs publications (de 20 à 30 pages). Le comité commencera l’étude des candidatures le 10 décembre 2016 ; les candidatures reçues après cette date pourraient ne pas être prises en considération. Ces documents, y compris les lettres de recommandation, doivent être soumis électroniquement à l’adresse suivante : https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/8366.

La connaissance du français constitue un atout.

L’Université McGill souscrit à la diversité et à l’équité en matière d’emploi. Elle accueille favorablement les demandes d’emploi : des femmes, des peuples autochtones, des minorités ethniques, des personnes handicapées, des personnes de toutes orientations et identités sexuelles, des minorités visibles, et d’autres personnes qui pourraient contribuer à une plus grande diversité. Tous les candidats qualifiés sont invités à postuler. Toutefois, conformément aux exigences de l’immigration canadienne, la priorité sera accordée aux Canadiens ainsi qu’aux résidents permanents.

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