Gender Analysis and Women's Leadership

New program at Fletcher focuses on women's leadership and gender analytical skills development

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Nahid Bhadelia, FWLA Award Winner

Fletcher Women's Leadership Award recognizes outstanding alumnae, Nahid Bhadelia, F05

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Fletcher hosts first annual conference on Gender and International Affairs

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Fletcher alum Sebastian Molano discusses Defying Gender Roles initiative.

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Gender Analysis Field of Study

In the fall of 2015, The Fletcher School officially announced the creation of a Gender Analysis in International Studies field of study. The Field uses micro, meso and macro-level gendered theory and analyses to illuminate and engage directly with systems and institutions of political, military, social, economic, legal and cultural power. The Field examines gender roles and relations as a form of power to organize authority, institutions, rights, responsibilities, access to resources and life options. While theories and analysis of the politics of femininity and... masculinity are privileged, other key factors that influence and intersect with gender are also examined, including ethnicity, race, religion, class or caste, religion, sexual orientation and disability. The Field is interdisciplinary in its formation, scholarly focus and practice. Completion of the Field will enable students to carry out theoretically grounded, gender-informed research, analysis and design within their professional careers. To complete the Field, a student may select from a variety of courses offerings. For more information, please visit the official Field of Study page.

A new skills development program

In 2016, Fletcher is launching a professional development program for women, whose goal is to support Fletcher women in making a positive impact, building careers of significance, feeling empowered as individuals, and balancing their work endeavors with their families and other responsibilities and passions that are fulfilling to them. The program will run for four years and feature a series of workshops that will include training in public speaking...

Gender and International Affairs Conference

In December 2015, The Fletcher School hosted its first annual conference on gender issues, titled “Gender and International Affairs: Avenues for Change.” The conference was student-run, organized by The Gender Initiative and Global Women, and it enjoyed wide support from the faculty and administration. Fletcher Dean James Stavridis noted in the program: “Nothing is more important to the overall potential of the world than our ability to fully develop and use the potential of everyone, women and men alike and equally...

 The study of gender affords us the best chance of doing so, and deserves our strongest level of engagement.  The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy is committed to doing so with energy and enthusiasm, and this conference is a good example of our approach.”

The conference drew together over 300 participants from schools across the Boston area and hailing from countries around the world. Social media activity surrounding the conference hashtag, #FletcherGender2015, resulted in the hashtag trending in the Boston area. The conference also received recognition in Foreign Policy Interrupted, a listserv of gender in foreign policy. For key insights, please see below:

The conference was possible thanks to institutional support from The Office of the Executive Associate Dean and Office of Student Affairs. The organizing committee is grateful to the institutional sponsors: the Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies, the Hitachi Center for Technology and International Affairs, the Institute for Global Leadership, and the International Security Studies Program.

The organizers are further grateful to student organizations who lent their support: The Diplomacy Club, Fletcher LGBTQA, the Global health Group, the Human Rights Project, the Humanitarian Action Society, the International Migration Group, Praxis, the Fletcher Journal of Human Security, the Ralphe Bunche Society for Diversity in International Relations, and Tech@Fletcher.

The Fletcher Women's Leadership Award

Nahid BhadeliaThe Fletcher Women's Leadership Award (FWLA) was established in 2014 by the Board of Advisors of The Fletcher School at Tufts University and the School's executive leadership to honor outstanding women graduates who are making a meaningful impact in the private, public and NGO sectors. By focusing on nominees who are excelling in their fields, but who have not yet reached the pinnacle of their careers, the FWLA serves to highlight the leadership capacity of the alumna... and provides a valuable credential to her list of accomplishments.

In 2014, the inaugural award recipient was Cornelia (Connie) Schneider. Connie received her MALD from The Fletcher School in 2006, in recognition of her work on justice issues in conflict areas in affiliation with the United Nations, the European Union’s Police Mission in Afghanistan (EUPOL), and with the School of Leadership in Afghanistan (SOLA). You can read about Connie’s journey and experiences here.

In 2015, the Fletcher Women’s Leadership Award recognized Amanda Judge, who received her MALD from The Fletcher School in 2009. Amanda is the founder of Faire Collection, a New York-based artisanal jewelry company. You can read about Amanda’s journey and experiences here.

In 2016, The Fletcher School is proud to honor Nahid Bhadelia, J99, F04, M05 with the Fletcher Women's Leadership Award. Dr. Nahid Bhadelia is an infectious disease physician at Boston Medical Center and the Director of Infection Control at Boston University’s National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory.  Recently, she worked to advocate and support the local health care workers who were instrumental in containing the Ebola outbreak last year. Bhadelia was at the vanguard of the critical international effort to build better responses to disease outbreaks. She holds three degrees from Tufts, including a Bachelor of Science from Tufts University, a MALD from The Fletcher School, and a Doctor of Medicine from Tufts Medical.
The Fletcher Women’s Leadership Award ceremony will take place on Friday, March 11, 2016. You can read about Nahid's journey and experiences here.


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