Gender Politics and Women’s Rights (Online | Abroad)

Examine contemporary initiatives shaping gender politics in Rwanda and the broader impact of female political empowerment on women’s rights in the country.

At a Glance


3 (+3)


None, but online component is required to enroll in the J-Term.

Courses taught in



Jul 13 ‎– Jul 31

In-Country J-Term (optional)

Dec 28 ‎– Jan 15

Program Base

Online, Kigali, Rwanda

Critical Global Issue of Study

Identity & Human Resilience

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This course offers three weeks of online study and three weeks abroad. The online course is open to all applicants; the in-person J-term is open to college undergraduates who have completed the online term.

Rwanda has recently emerged as one of the most innovative and successful countries in Africa. It is often presented as a success story when it comes to women’s empowerment, especially in the political field. While it is one of the few countries with a majority female legislature, Rwandan women, nonetheless, face some important challenges. This program will give you the opportunity to explore the intricacies of women’s social, economic, and political standings in this East African nation through an online seminar, followed by a three-week in-country experience. This program draws on critical African women’s studies, contemporary feminist theories, and theories of social change and social transformation to understand the main issues affecting Rwandans, with a strong focus on women. You will also learn about Rwandan women’s engagements with concepts of and experiences with gender identity, sexuality, patriarchy, masculinity, sexual harassment, rape, social inequalities, among other issues. In addition, you will examine the current political, social, economic, legal, and cultural reforms that have molded Rwanda’s gender politics. You will also have the opportunity to meet, discuss, and learn about the impact of those reforms from Rwandan women, scholars, activists, and political leaders.


  • Explore gender politics and women’s rights in Rwanda, a country known for its commitment to gender equality.
  • Examine the impact of female political empowerment on other women’s rights initiatives.
  • Experience daily life during a two-week homestay with a Rwandan family. (J-term)
  • Engage with scholars, practitioners, activists, and other experts on excursions and site visits. (J-term)


Students are required to complete summer online portion of this program before proceeding to the J-term.

Program Terms

Online Term Details

Your three-week online course will provide an introduction to gender and women’s issues in Rwanda. It will include online classes, readings, reflective assignments, and comprehensive essays. You will also have lectures on selected topics from local Rwandan scholars and practitioners who have worked extensively in the field of gender and women’s rights. A variety of teaching materials such as readings and videos will also be used.

In Country J-Term Details

During your three-week program in Rwanda, you will gain firsthand insight into the policies and initiatives impacting gender issues and women’s rights across the country. You will live with a Rwandan homestay family for two weeks and have the opportunity to explore how gender roles play out in a Rwandan nuclear family. On excursions you will visit sites that illustrate the effects of the above-mentioned reforms, as well as nongovernmental and government institutions where you will learn about different perspectives on these issues from experts, practitioners, activists, and others.

Please note that SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, however, SIT may have to change or cancel programs.



The following syllabi are representative of this program. Because courses develop and change over time to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, actual course content will vary from term to term.

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Program Components

  • 3-week online program with lectures, readings, discussions, reflections, and assignments.
  • 3 weeks in-country with lectures, readings, site visits, discussions, and assignments. (J-term)
  • 2-week homestay with a Rwandan family. (J-term)

Rwanda: Gender Politics and Women’s Rights I (Online)

Rwanda: Gender Politics and Women’s Rights II (In Country)

Faculty & Staff

Rwanda: Gender Politics and Women’s Rights (Online | Abroad)

Celine Mukamurenzi, MA

Discover the Possibilities


    The cost for the online program is $960. The cost for the in-country term is $3,500, including tuition, room & board, health insurance, and more. Financial aid may apply. Contact your study abroad office or SIT Admissions for more information.