In recent years, the U.S. has developed a comprehensive policy framework that recognizes gender equality as a pillar of U.S. foreign policy and international law. This class will introduce and analyze these policies, including the U.S. National Security Strategy; the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security; the U.S. Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence Globally; the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review; and State Department and USAID policy guidance on gender. We will examine the growing body of evidence demonstrating that the status of women and girls is critical to development, prosperity, and stability. Issues covered will include gender and economic growth, peace and security, political participation, health and education, violence and human rights, and international institutions and treaties.
This class will be featuring prominent guest speakers in the field that will be announced at the first class session.