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IPT Specialization Course on Intersectional Gender Work and Peacebuilding

with Dr. Gal Harmat

Gain knowledge and skills on intersectionality in civilian peacebuilding practices

Course open for application

19 - 27 January 2024 in Stadtschlaining. Apply until 18 December 2023.

Online Application Form

As we seek to queer peacebuilding, it is useful to think in more depth what queering means and how it can look like.

In general, people use intersectionality as an analytical tool to solve problems that they or others around them face. It views for example categories of race, class, gender, sexuality, class, nation, ability, ethnicity, and age as interrelated and mutually shaping one another. Based on these and other categories it allows us to investigate how intersecting power relations influence social relations across diverse societies as well as individual experiences in everyday life. As such, intersectionality also allows us to expand our understanding of collective identities and political action.

Intersectionality’s core ideas of social inequality, power, relationality, social context, complexity, and social justice were within the context of social movements emerging in the late 1960s to early 1980s, such as decolonisation, the civil rights movement in the US, and the protests against the war in Vietnam, capitalist exploitation and the exploitation of women, especially women of colour. Contemporary scholars and practitioners, who base their work on intersectionality, often show us how they don’t only seek to analyse social issues to describe the world around us, but to take a stand.

Learning Objectives:

The IPT Specialization Course offers a practical hands-on and innovative approach to intersectionality and gender analysis in peacebuilding. Throughout the course participants will engage in interactive activities, group work, simulations, and case studies to:

  • Familiarize themselves with state-of-the-art academic and practical concepts around gender, peace, security, and intersectionality, including critical and gender race theories.
  • Deepen their understanding of the complex intersections of identity and power in peacebuilding and discuss the impact of colonialism on intersectionality and gender analysis.
  • Develop practical skills to recognize and address power dynamics and intersectionality in peacebuilding and training settings.
  • Get equipped with tools to incorporate intersectional gender and peacebuilding principles into peace and educational work to foster inclusive environments.
  • Learn how to translate theories around intersectional gender work and peacebuilding into practice.

By the end of the course, participants will understand theories and concepts of gender, peace, and intersectionality and have the skills and knowledge necessary to apply alternative, innovative, and creative gender and intersectional practices in their own work context.

Course costs: 1950 EUR (including accommodation and meals)

Target group

  • Professionals working in civil society organisations, national, regional and international organisations, government institutions and academia, including development, peace and humanitarian practitioners, researchers, lecturers, trainers, and other practitioners operating in countries affected by violence and conflict.
  • Practitioners and academics who want to reflect and expand their experiences, insights, and skills in an international and interdisciplinary group-setting.
  • People who serve as multipliers in their countries and communities and pass on the knowledge and skills acquired in the course.

A good command of English is a prerequisite and intermediate experience and skills in the practical and/or academic field of peacebuilding are strongly preferred and encouraged.