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.

Fletcher LEADS: Leadership, Equality, and Diversity

In 2016, we are proud to launch Fletcher LEADS: Leadership, Equality, and Diversity. The goal of this program is to enhance and refine Fletcher women’s competence, confidence and leadership to fulfill their potential in the world, make a positive impact, build careers of significance, feel empowered as individuals, and balance their work endeavors and passions with their families and other responsibilities. Fletcher LEADS seeks to contribute to gender equality.

Please visit the program page for more information.

Gender and International Affairs Conference

Registration is now open for The Second Annual Conference on Gender & International Affairs. The conference will be held at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy on December 2 and 3, 2016. The Conference continues a tradition of student and faculty advocacy at The Fletcher School that challenges the institution to integrate gender analyses into all aspects of the institution and its work. This year’s theme, Gender-Sensitive Leadership: Putting Theory into Practice, builds on the ongoing feminist examination of power structures and gendered institutions to identify the contexts and strategies that support gender-sensitive leadership in the diplomatic, business, and security sectors.

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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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