Gender Study Group
The Gender Study Group of the DSA Ireland is a multidisciplinary initiative that aims to provide a forum for researchers, academics and NGOs with an interest in the relationship between gender and development.
Gender inequality has been clearly identified as a barrier to achieving healthy, thriving, democratic societies. Lack of voice and disempowerment limit women’s and girl’s access to education, health care, decision-making structures and decent work, while concepts of masculinity that associate men with aggression, risk-taking and dominance expose men to physical and mental health vulnerabilities and exacerbate inequalities between men and women. Building knowledge and understanding of the dynamics of gender at the intersection of various aspects of development work, including governance and security, gender based violence, HIV, economic empowerment, human rights, and more, is essential.
The Gender Study Group will act as a focal point for discussion, research collaboration, study schools and meetings, dissemination of research and conference panel preparation. The group aims to bring experienced researchers and practitioners into dialogue with those in their early-career to foster dialogue and information sharing.
The Gender Study Group is convened by Triona Pender of Action Aid. If you have an idea you wish to share, or are interested in joining the Study Group, please email Triona at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Challenges to Gender Equality, Public Health and Human Rights in the Trump Era
Live webcast, starting 1:30pm March 9th 2017.
Triona Pender is Head of Programmes at ActionAid Ireland having joined the federation in 2014. She currently leads an innovative Women's Rights Programme in Ethiopia, Kenya and Nepal with a public engagement component to this in Ireland. She is also a member of the ActionAid International emergency surge team and of the Irish Consortium on GBV.
Before joining ActionAid, Triona worked in the Irish development NGO Trocaire for six years and lived and worked in Bolivia for 2.5 years managing a Livelihoods & Climate Change Programme in Bolivia and Peru. She also managed a Governance Programme with Trocaire in Malawi for one year before joining Norwegian Church Aid in 2012 as Economic Justice Coordinator in Malawi.
Triona has a has B.A. in Applied Languages (Spanish & French) and an M.A. in Globalisation & International Relations.