Feminist Edge offers professional development for gender trainers that re-captures and re-imagines gender training, as a feminist project, establishing a new approach to training for gender equality. We reposition training for gender equality as a strategy to challenge and engender mainstream development and support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The programme addresses the need to (re)claim autonomous spaces for feminist knowledge production and challenges development policy makers and practitioners to re-think how to address social and gender inequity to ensure that “no one is left behind.” Feminist Edge focusses both on the practice of gender training and on its conceptual underpinnings.
“I am transformed personally and as a gender trainer. I have a new way of seeing the world and my role in it. And I also have gained skills on how I can advance the feminist project in the face of so many constraints. I am truly grateful for this experience. This programme should be mandatory for all gender trainers.”
This six-month certificate programme offered by KIT and UN Women Training Centre aims to:
Combining lectures, guest presentations and practical activities and assignments, Feminist Edge strengthens capacities across three interrelated domains:
Check our brochure to learn more about the programme structure, approach and learning objectives.
The programme works in a co-creation process with experienced gender trainers from both the global South and North.
Participants need to meet the following criteria to qualify:
Gender training is an important tool for advancing gender equality. Since the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995, gender training has been embraced as a means to make gender mainstreaming effective. However, when used as a ‘cure-all’ to address all gender mainstreaming challenges and limitations, the critical and transformative potential of gender training is blunted. When gender training is approached as a singular short-term event there is little room for reflection, yet reflection is critical to allow participants to reconsider their own gendered behaviours. The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated all forms of inequality – including gender inequality – revealing an urgent need to re-imagine how inequalities are addressed in development. With this in mind, UN Women Training Centre and KIT Royal Tropical Institute designed a professional development programme for gender trainers, which brings a feminist edge back into gender training.
Feminist Edge offers professional development for gender trainers that re-captures and re-imagines gender training as a feminist project, establishing a new approach. We reposition training for gender equality as a strategy to challenge and engender development and support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The programme addresses the need to (re)claim autonomous spaces for feminist knowledge production and challenges development policy makers and practitioners to re-think how to address social and gender inequity to ensure that “no one is left behind.” Feminist Edge focusses both on the practice of gender training and on its conceptual underpinnings.
The application package is due 27 November 2023.
Please upload your application online. The following 4 documents should be uploaded:
Your motivation letter (maximum two pages) should include:
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Module dates and location
Feminist Edge is a blended learning course. Classes are held virtually for Modules 1 and 2 and face-to-face at KIT Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam for Module 3:
There is a severe shortage of student accommodation in Amsterdam. KIT endeavors to assist participants in their search for accommodation. Contact KIT for information.
Visit the Nuffic website for the latest information on visa requirements.
Applicants requiring a short-stay visa (for up to three months) through the Netherlands embassy (or consulate covering the applicant’s country) will need a letter of admission to the course and proof of sponsorship or sufficient funds to cover the course fee, travel and accommodation. Note that in some countries this procedure can take several months.
Course participants are required by Dutch law to have health, accident and third party insurance. If a participant’s current insurance policy does not cover a stay abroad, then they must be insured in the Netherlands by a Dutch insurance company.
Funding and Scholarship Information
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The arrangement of financial support to cover all study costs is the responsibility of the applicant. KIT does not offer financial support or scholarships. You can find more general information on our scholarship page.
Scholarships for participants from low and middle income countries (LMICs)
Feminist Edge is generously supported by a private foundation which allows us to provide a number of selected participants from low and middle income countries (LMICs) with a scholarship. If you are seeking a (partial) scholarship, please indicate what aspects you can cover yourself (or through your employer) and where you still need to mobilize resources in order to participate. Co-funding is desirable.
Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP)
Unfortunately the OKP programme has ended. For 2024 there are no scholarship rounds.
Read more on the OKP page.
Director: Rhiannon Pyburn, Team Lead, KIT Gender
Rhiannon brings 30 years of experience working on gender dynamics in agricultural and environmental research and development, social learning, and cross-cultural and non-formal education. She is a skilled and thoughtful facilitator and is well-published. Rhiannon lead the CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research (2017-2019) and recently edited the landmark book (2021): Advancing gender equality through agricultural and environmental research – past, present and future. She leads KIT’s Gender Team.
Coordinator: Camilo Antillon, KIT Senior Gender Advisor
Camilo is highly skilled in quantitative and qualitative research methods, the planning, monitoring, evaluation and management of social projects, and in formal and non-formal education. He brings twenty years of experience of social research, social projects and education, focusing on gender and sexuality, SRHR, violence, and urban cultural studies. Camilo uses constructivist, participatory and popular education approaches to collectively generate learning based on participant interests, knowledges and experiences.
Tutor: Felice Davids, KIT Junior Gender Advisor
Felice is an anthropologist and Gender & Development specialist with a MA in Social Anthropology of Development from SOAS University of London. Felice is an intersectional feminist with a passion for women’s rights and empowerment, global health and SRHR, and LGBTQIA+ equality. She is keenly interested in storytelling, journalism, and the use of theater for social change. Highly aware of the role of power dynamics in development, she is committed to “putting the power back into empowerment”.
KIT Royal Tropical Institute has an international team of gender specialists with a demonstrated track record of capacity strengthening for gender equality and has been a pioneer in gender training theory and practice. We offer organisation-wide and tailor-made stand-alone training to support of gender mainstreaming, to government ministries, international organisations, UN agencies and NGOs. Thematic and sessional contributions will be made by several KIT Gender Advisors (TBD), including: Ana Victoria Portocarrero, Diana Lopez and Sandra Quintero.
The UN Women Training Centre is dedicated to supporting the UN and other stakeholders to realize commitments to gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s right through transformative training and learning. We provide high quality training courses, programmes and resources on key issues related to UN Women’s priorities as well as emerging topics. Module 2 includes a set of virtual sessions presented by UN Women staff.
In addition to KIT Gender Advisors and UN Women Training Center contributions, the programme has previously included sessions by renowned resource persons including: Naila Kabeer, Ann Whitehead, Christine Okali, Maitrayee Mukhopadhyay, Franz Wong, Nandinee Bandyopadhyay, Lucy Ferguson, Anne Marie Goetz and Noemi Gonda.