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A new course, Gender, Violence and Development, designed by Jenny Munro and Richard Eves of SSGM, examines issues of gender and violence in the context of development in Melanesia and the Pacific. The course examines questions of pressing concern in the region, such as poverty and economic empowerment, political participation and human rights, sorcery and religious beliefs, rapid cultural change, urban migration, and health challenges, and asks about the relationship of violence and gender to these issues.
The course encourages students to ask questions such as: Are problems in development the source or the outcome of violence (or both)? How do men and women feature differently in violence and its effects? How are different groups and actors in the region trying to address violence and its effects? Our frames of reference for examining the links between gender, violence, and development in Melanesia and the Pacific include the state, the family, the village, and the urban neighbourhood. We draw on the extensive academic and applied expertise of researchers in the ANU’s State, Society and Governance in Melanesia program. The course is meant for postgraduate students as well as practitioners interested in gender, development and violence in the region and beyond.
For more information see: http://programsandcourses.anu.edu.au/course/ANTH8106