Women, Gender and Higher Education

Training Module

GNEDER MAINSTREAMING

Module used for the National Workshop on Enhancing Equity / Equality in Sri Lankan Universities organized by the Centre for Gender Studies - University of Kelaniya (CGSUK), the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) at Hotel Renuka Colombo from 29th – 31st July 2013.


 


An Introduction to Gender Mainstreaming Universities – A Training Module for Trainers (2012) Developed for the Association of Commonwealth Universities by Maithree Wickramasinghe (pgs 187).

 

WOMEN IN HIGHER EDUCATION AND LEADERSHIP MANAGEMENT

The following user-friendly workshops were developed for the Gender Program of the Association of Commonwealth Unions (ACU). They are aimed at addressing the key problems encountered by women in higher education leadership and management.  A total of nine themes have been developed so far, written by women in/from a wide range of Commonwealth countries.


  • Management Development for Women: a Facilitator's Handbook, by Margaret Rowland and June Gleeson (both Australian), is a fundamental guide to planning and running workshops for women in higher education leadership and management.

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  • Academic Leadership, by Sheryl Bond (Canadian), provides insights into the dearth of women leaders in the academy, identifies factors, which nurture leadership potential, and argues that women have not only the right but also an obligation to assume leadership positions in the university.

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  • Women's Studies as a Catalyst for the Advancement of Women in Higher Education, by Gwendoline Williams and Claudia Harvey (both Caribbean), aims to help create and strengthen a cadre of women leaders who, by their involvement in research, teaching, outreach and advocacy within the university system, will have the capacity to transform the currently male dominated patterns of gender relations within tertiary institutions.

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  • Managing Personal and Professional Roles, by Indira J Parikh (Indian), deals with the multiple roles that women play in society, and the often expressed dilemma of managing all those roles and achieving a balanced life.

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  • Women and Research, by Ingrid Moses (Australian) argues that research prowess enables women to take their share of professorial positions and suggests strategies whereby women can improve their research capacity and hence their visibility.

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  • Women and Governance in Higher Education, by Maureen Atkinson and Angela Carryer (both British) highlights the relevance and importance of understanding and participating in university governance and assists women to develop their skills in committee and legislative work.

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  • Women and Mentoring in Higher Education, by Colleen Chesterman (Australian), looks at the particular relevance of mentoring for higher education and argues that women, through their relatively limited access to higher management, are particularly well suited to mentoring relationships. The module examines the value of mentoring from a variety of angles, proposes training for both mentors and mentees, and considers the relative benefits of formal and informal systems.

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  • Developing Management Skills, by Anne Gold (British), is designed to offer women who are, or who wish to become, leaders and managers in higher education the opportunity to develop some of the most useful and important management skills.

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  • A ninth module, entitled Introduction to Gender Mainstreaming Universities by Maithree Wickramasinghe (Sri Lankan) adds valuable insights into how to integrate gender concerns and issues in academic disciplines, departments and the university as a whole.

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Ancillary material:

 


 

International Standard - Setting Instruments on Gender / Women's Rights

 


 


 

Sri Lankan National Policy & Legislation