Gender, Diversity and Social Transformation is an advanced international course offered annually by the Visthar Academy. Applications are now open for the 14th edition of the course to be held between May 2 – 20, 2023, at Visthar, Bengaluru Campus.
Each year this certificate course attracts participants from Civil Society Organizations, Human Rights Commissions, Educational Institutions, Faith-Based Organizations, Community Based Organizations and Social Movements. 250+ participants from 30+ countries have used the skills developed in GDST to transform their lives, resist violence and lead organizations gender sensitively. GDST has enabled several of them to pursue careers as gender specialists, gender facilitators and gender program managers.
After a 3-year hiatus during the pandemic, the program returns this year with new and updated content.
The 2023 edition of the course will enable participants to:
Study the policies of the government and UN agencies from a gender and diversity perspective
Gender in organisation structure, culture and processes
The course will be facilitated by Mercy Kappen, Rajkumari Nimbale and Roshen Chandran from Visthar. The course will also draw on a panel of resource persons including Ms. Ranjani K Murthy (Independent Researcher and Author), Dr. Sekhar Seshadri (NIMHANS Bangalore), Dr. David Selvaraj (Educationist), Ms Madhu Bhushan (SIEDS Collective) and grassroots activists who have been working on gender and social justice for several decades.
The course follows feminist pedagogical principles and an action – reflection – action model, inspired by the work of Paulo Freire. The facilitators/resource persons will build on the experiences and knowledge base of the participants. The methodologies will include group discussions. case studies, role plays, audio-visuals, and input sessions. Participants will share best practices and develop plans and strategies for mainstreaming gender and social inclusion in their organizations and programs.
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“GDST was a very enriching experience, enabling me to see how patriarchy affect different peoples across the world. I learnt how to integrate theory and practice through participatory methods for social transformation.”
“I found GDST a powerful experience because of the interactive learning process, where the learner is exposed to real challenges which they solve and later compare with the theories to gain hands-on experience.”
“GDST broadened by understanding of human diversity, and enabled me to reflect on my place in this world. It influenced the direction of my life and led me to work for the rights of Sexual and Gender Minorities.”