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Gender Equality

University of Western Australia via Coursera


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Many countries are signing up to international conventions on gender equality and social inclusion to demonstrate their commitment to equal access to education, health, and social protection. In this course, you will learn what is meant by gender equality, why it is important, and how legal frameworks are used to develop inclusive policies and action plans in both developed and developing countries. Throughout this course, you will learn about the theory and practice of gender equality, explore the intersection of gender with other identity-related characteristics (e.g., race, ability), and build on your learning to create and maintain a compendium of terms and definitions relevant to gender inequality, localized to your work, community, and country.


  • Gender and the Law
    • There are many laws, legal frameworks, and international frameworks that describe gender equality and provide guidelines for identifying and removing discrimination. In this module, we'll ask the question: What does it mean to different individuals, communities, and nations to learn that gender inequality is unlawful?
  • The Theory and Practice of Gender Equality
    • There are many theories about gender equality and multiple practices developed from those theories. In this module, you will explore why, despite these efforts, gender equality is so misunderstood, hard to achieve, and resisted.
  • Intersectionality: What Does Gender Have to do with Identity, Race, Class, Age, Disability, Diversity and Sexual Orientation?
    • Intersectionality has become one of the key buzzwords associated with gender equality. In this module, you will explore what this term means and why it is becoming increasingly important to governments and decision-makers.
  • The ‘Lexicon’ (Language) of Gender Equality
    • Learning to use the correct terms and definitions associated with gender equality creates the basis for informed discussion and better outcomes. In this module, you will learn how to lead by example by using the right words for the right situation.

Taught by

Dr. Susan Harwood and Dr. Jacquie Hutchinson


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