In recent years, after the end of the war (“post-conflict” context), Burundi has embarked on a process of national reconciliation and democratic reconstruction to enable socio-economic development across the country.
Gradually, the country moves from this “post-conflict” context to a context of democratic consolidation and development, in a broader context of regional redeployment, particularly through the “East African Community” (EAC) already constituted around Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, which Burundi has joined as well as Rwanda.
In these conditions, a crucial issue arises: that of the place and contribution of Burundian women (gender perspective) to the development of the country and particularly, in terms of the political system in the broad sense of the term, the place of women in organized civil society (the numerous associations in the field, but also political parties), political institutions (parliament, government) and public structures (administration, at different levels). Certainly, on the political level (electoral legislation), a series of initiatives have already been taken – in particular the fixing of ‘quotas’ of gender. However, beyond a mere digital presence, women still weigh relatively little on the public affairs of the country. How, therefore, can we contribute to an integrated gender approach that allows for the systematic and transversal consideration of power relations between men and women in all areas of public action? In this context, how can we contribute in particular to gender equality, enabling both women and men to contribute actively in all the important spheres of a particular country in civil society, in political parties and in the structure of society, State.
The objective of this program is therefore, on the one hand, to contribute in the long term to the most effective integration of the gender mainstreaming dimension into society and public institutions in Burundi with openness to other countries in the region through the specialized training of executives sensitized to the issue.
On the other hand, the goal is also to contribute to a dynamic of empowerment: at the individual level, allow both women and men to gain greater autonomy and the means to give themselves the capacity to choose and act on their own lives; collectively, giving groups or organizations the ability to take action oriented towards social, economic and political changes.
These two objectives come together in the interest of strengthening organized civil society and public institutions in Burundi and in the region.
More specific objectives target audiences
The more specific objectives of this program are:
- The offer of a diploma and targeted training that can be promoted in terms of employability, internal and international mobility (through the recognition of diplomas), and also contribution to concrete projects in the field.
- the provision of training adapted to the Burundian context and, more broadly, to the Great Lakes region;
- offering interdisciplinary training;
- The offer of an internationally recognized postgraduate diploma.
The program is intended for two main types of audiences, from Burundi or countries in the Great Lakes region, who are currently residing in the region or planning to return to the region:
- any student with at least a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, regardless of his / her main orientation and discipline, who is interested in the subject of gender and who wants to both acquire skills in this area and to be profiled in terms of professional project;
- Anyone already engaged in the labor market, who wants to acquire skills to develop and carry out projects in the field of gender. In particular: civil servants, politicians, activists and party leaders, heads of professional organizations, leaders and activists of “civil society” organizations (social, humanitarian, development, religious organizations, etc.), women leaders and activists. women’s organizations, journalists, business leaders and entrepreneurs, …
The program is therefore open to a diverse public, men and women, students or already active / active, in the non-market or commercial sphere, in and outside public institutions, etc.
Program structure and pedagogical approach
The question of gender (and gender relations) is inherently cross-cutting because it crosses all dimensions of society. In this program, the issues are tackled in an interdisciplinary way: different fields of science