Women and Gender in International Development program at Virginia Tech

Program Director Maria Elise Christie working along side local women.

Our mission is to work towards gender equality in development by promoting gender sensitivity in every OIRED project and ensuring that women benefit. We believe that development is achieved most effectively when it is inclusive, equitable, and based on the priorities of local groups. As a learning community and academic resource, we seek to build capacity to address gender disparities in the areas of agriculture, natural resource management, education, food security, health and nutrition, and water. The WGD program works collaboratively with VT faculty and students, partner organizations around the world, and other stakeholders, conducting interdisciplinary research on gender issues to increase opportunities for women while achieving the technical goals of our projects.

The WGD Program now offers internship opportunities through the Women's and Gender Studies Program at Virginia Tech, as well as through the Geography Department. For internships in Women's and Gender Studies, visit VT's Women's & Gender Studies program page. Individuals interested in pursuing internship or independent study opportunities not associated with the Women's and Gender Studies Program may contact the WGD Program Director for more information.

What is Gender?

Gender is a social construct that refers to relations between and among the sexes, based on their relative roles. It encompasses the economic, political, and socio-cultural attributes, constraints, and opportunities associated with being male or female. As a social construct, gender varies across cultures, is dynamic and open to change over time. Because of the variation in gender across cultures and over time, gender roles should not be assumed but investigated. Note that "gender" is not interchangeable with "women" or "sex."

WGD Discussion Series, Fall 2014

“Mind Your Cattle”: How a Board Game Simulator Addresses Sustainability, Development, and Gender in a Rural Kenyan Maasai Community

Jennifer E. Coffman
Associate Executive Director, International Program; Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology; Director, East Africa Field School; Chair, Board of Directors, Carolina for Kibera, Inc.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Office of International Research, Education, and Development (OIRED)
526 Prices Fork Road
Conference Room A, 12:00 to 1:00 pm

For an abstract for this discussion and additional details, visit “Mind Your Cattle”: How a Board Game Simulator Addresses Sustainability, Development, and Gender in a Rural Kenyan Maasai Community. The WGD program has sponsored a discussion series for the past several years, giving students and professionals an opportunity to share their research and discuss issues of Women and Gender in International Development. Students, faculty, staff and members of the community are encouraged to attend the discussions and bring their ideas and questions. Please share this information widely, and encourage others to attend. We look forward to seeing you there.