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Gender Institute

Every year since 1994, CODESRIA has organised a Gender Institute which brings together some 12 to 15 researchers for a period of 4 weeks.

The Gender Institute was launched in 1996, making it the second CODESRIA institute to be set in motion. It was a direct product of the decision reached at the 8th General Assembly of the Council held in Dakar, Senegal, in December 1995, on integrating gender research and methods into the mainstream of the Council’s work.In deciding to create the Gender Institute, the Council was careful to accompany it with support for its establishment within the Research Programme of gender-based research networks; a Gender Series was later to be introduced within the Publications Programme. Furthermore, no opportunity was lost to underscore the fact that the creation of the Gender Institute within the framework of a wider Gender Programme did not mean the exclusion of female researchers or gender work from other activities organised by the Council. In the same vein, the erroneous impression that gender was simply a proxy for allocating special quotas to female researchers who could not compete on merit was constantly exposed as an infantile argument. Support was equally extended to male researchers seriously interested in developing their gender analytic capacities.

Since its convening for its first session in 1996, the aim of the Gender Institute is to contribute to a greater awareness about gender issues in African social research milieus, the integration of gender analysis into social research undertaken in Africa, and the inclusion of the gender approaches in the agenda of social science debates on methodology. The Gender Institute is structured and operated like the Governance Institute.

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