The Institute of Women, Gender and Development Studies
In 1986, Ahfad University for Women, introduced a
compulsory (University Requirement) course on women's studies. In
1989, a unit of Women’s Studies and Population Education was
established with a financial support from UNFPA. The Academic Council
formally established the Women’s Studies Unit as an independent
Unit in the University in June 1997. In 2002, the Academic Council
promoted the Unit to the Institute of Women, Gender and Development
The IWGDS is responsible for the M.Sc. Gender and
Development (GAD) Program, the Ph.D. Program in Gender and Development
Studies, the Women and Gender Studies undergraduate university requirement
course, the GAD training programmes and civic education, and the
Women’s Studies Unit. The IWDGS is also responsible for coordinating
and enhancing all research, advocacy and awareness-raising activities
at the university level. In addition, the Centre establishes and
strengthens linkages at the national, regional and international
levels on issues related to peace, civic education, good governance
The Institute has a total number of seven staff members, three
with a Ph.D. degree, four with a Master's Degree, of whom two are
currently on scholarship to prepare for their Ph.D. The institute
has a computer pool, audio-visual equipments, reading space, lecture
room and three offices.
Objectives of the Institute
The objectives of the Institute are as follows:
- To enhance research on gender
and engendered development studies at the University and other
universities at national and state levels.
- To promote the integration
of gender studies as University courses at both Ahfad University
and other universities.
- To advocate for gender mainstreaming
in development and influence policies.
- To disseminate information on
gender and development issues and women’s empowerment at
- To integrate civic and peace education
programmes and to prepare students to become future change
agents in their societies.
Functions of the Institute
The IWGDS shoulders the following responsibilities.
Planning and Administration
The Institute is responsible for the policy-advice
on gender related issues, planning, administration, management and
promotion of all activities assigned to it by the university.
is responsible for teaching the university required course of Women
and Gender Studies This is a 90-hour course spread over two semesters.
In addition, to its responsibility for leading the M.Sc. Gender
and Development (GAD) courses (with some collaboration from other
university faculty members) and the teaching of the Advanced Research
Methodology course for the Ph.D. candidates.
Institute is responsible of all GAD short training courses offered
by the university to the different target groups of the society
as well as the civic education training which includes issues of
human rights, good governance and conflict resolution and peace
Of all GAD activities at the university level particularly research
activities relevant to GAD.
Education Materials production and promotion
The Institute together with the AUW Library is responsible
for acquiring books, journals, etc for the students at both the
undergraduate and postgraduate levels. It is also responsible for
developing textbooks, readers and training manuals for the students
and other target groups from government and non state actors.
has links with other universities (both at home and abroad) that
offer similar or relevant programmes that may help in training of
students, staff and promote research.
Institute offers consultancy services in GAD related fields including
commissioned research, evaluation of projects developing of programs,
courses, readers etc. as well as training on women and gender issues
as well as civic education.
Gender and Development M.Sc. Programme
The objectives of this
graduate program are to:
- Develop and conduct courses leading
to the award of a M.Sc. degree in Gender and Development to meet
the pressing demands for such specialization.
- Train cadres as gender sensitive
policy makers and change agents.
- Establish of a pool of qualified researchers
and personnel to promote gender studies at university
- Encourage and support research
and publications on GAD as necessary for planning and advocacy.
- Promote of the cause of women
empowerment to achieve gender equality, and
- Strengthen regional and international
links with other universities and institutes that offer
The Target Group and Duration
The programme is opened for females only. The duration
of the programme is 16 months, divided into 4 semesters including
a summer semester. The programme starts on August and continues
throughout the year with short holidays of 15 days at the end of
semesters 1 and 2.
The Gender and Development M.Sc.. Programme includes
eight courses taught in module forms over two semesters and a dissertation
to be prepared in two semesters.
The courses are:
801: Theories and Concepts of Women’s and Gender Studies:
The course introduces the students to the concepts and theories
used in the feminist and gender studies. It traces the evolution
of the discipline and its main concerns. As well as it orients the
main philosophical thoughts and social science theories, that impacted
on the evolution of women and gender studies as an academic discipline.
802: Theories of Development:
The course introduces the students to the world’s views, definitions
and theories of development, underdevelopment and the changes that
took place in development thinking. It introduces approaches, and
efforts to mainstreaming gender issues in development.
803: Gender, Culture and Social Change:
The course focuses on cultural constitution of gender and identity.
It aims at recognizing the dynamics of gender power relations, the
changing aspects of women’s lives and exploring the responses
of women to cultural and religious constraints and challenges.
804: Women and the State:
The course informs the students about theories and debates on gender
and politics at local and international levels. It assesses and
evaluates the legal positions of gender element of laws that affects
the individual as a child, youth from human rights perspective.
805: Research Methods:
This course aims to introduce the students to the debate on feminist
and gender research methods such as epistemologies and gender issues
in social research. It provides the students with skills and techniques
of how to conduct a social research using quantitative and qualitative
approaches in research design, data analysis and interpretation
806: Gender and Economy:
The course introduces the links and conceptualization of gender,
economics, and the changes in the global economy and, household
based and market production. It focuses on feminist economist discussion
of gender mainstreaming in development, analyses women’s marginalization
and exploitation in productive sectors and non-remuneration and
counting of their role in the household.
807: Gender Challenges in the 21st Century:
This course acquaints students with both knowledge and practical
skills in discussing issues of concern to women and men currently
and in the future life. It poses questions as to the challenges
that face women in technology transfer, environment and other issues
related to third world women access to basic needs. It also challenges
students to the way they foresee their future of the discipline
and feminist movements in shaping a new world.
808: Gender Sensitive Project Planning:
This course provides the students with knowledge, skills and techniques
of policy formulation and gender sensitive planning. It introduces
the students to different frameworks developed for such purpose.
Details and elaborated course outlines are available for registered
To be admitted to the M. Sc. in Gender and Development
a candidate must meet the following requirements:
- Should be full-time student.
- Holder a university degree with at least B
- Graduates with other academic qualification
who show promoted academic capacities and/or field experience
may be considered for admission.
- May be subjected to an English proficiency
The programme is confined to women intake and offers
20 places annually.
the award of the degree of M.Sc. in GAD, the candidate is expected
to satisfy the examiners in all components of the degree (8 courses
and dissertation). The language of instruction is English.
Required Courses: Women and Gender Studies
These are compulsory courses for all fourth year students
URWS 401 Women’s Studies (3 credit
The course introduces Women‘s and Gender Studies and the concepts
and debates within these studies. It also tackles the assessment
of the Sudanese women’s profile, in particular, and feminism
and women’s movement, in general, as tools for promotion of
women’s condition and positions to achieve empowerment and
solidarity for action.
URGS 411 Gender Studies: (3 credit .hours):
The course is divided into four main topics: The gender dimension
in development, The gender analytical frameworks and approaches,
Feminization of poverty and impact of Structural Adjustment Programmes
(SAP) on women and finally, Case studies of integrating women in
Balghis Badri, B.Sc., (Honours)
University of Khartoum (1971) M.Sc., University of Khartoum (1974)
Ph.D. Hull University, U.K. (1978), Professor. Director of the Institute.
Joined AUW as full-time 1996 (as part-time since 1974)
Amel Abdelrahman, B.Sc., AUW (1986), M.Sc. ISS - Holland
(1990), Ph.D. University of South Africa. Joined AUW in 1987.
Salma A. Nageeb, B.Sc., AUW (1990),
M.Sc. ISS - Holland (1993), Ph.D. University of Belfield –
Germany, (on leave). Joined AUW in 1990.
Awatif Atta Elmanan, B.Sc., (Honours)
University of Khartoum, (1984), Post-graduate Diploma in Development
Studies, (DSRC), University of Khartoum, (1991), M.Sc. ISS, The
Netherlands, (1993), (on leave for PhD). Joined AUW on 1997.
Lamya Badri, B.Sc., Omdurman Ahlia
University (1990), M.Sc. Aberdeen, UK (1998). Joined AUW in 1999.
Tayseer El Fatih, B.Sc., AUW (1995),
Post-graduate Diploma in Development planning, (DSRC), University
of Khartoum, (1998) M.Sc., AUW (1999). Joined AUW in 1999.
Mai Ali, B.Sc., University of Khartoum,
(1996). Post-graduate Diploma in Development Studies, (DSRC), University
of Khartoum, (1999). MSc. AUW (2000) Joined AUW 2002
Rawda Hassan, B.Sc., AUW (1993), Administrative Assistant.
Joined AUW in 1994.
The Institute has an Advisory Committee of 11 members
from Ahfad University and Khartoum University staff to act as the
Institute academic board. The members of the advisory committee
are as follows:
Professor Abdel Gadir Khatab
Professor Ahmed hassan El Jack
Professor Amna El Sadig Badri