The Boston University Women’s Studies Program Launches University Twinning Network
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Boston – Beginning this September, the Boston University Women’s Studies Program (WSP) will be participating with partners in India in the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) university education twinning and networking scheme, UNITWIN. BU’s President, Robert A. Brown, and UNESCO’s Director-General, Koichiro Matsuura have just signed the official agreement.
Dr. Shahla Haeri, Director of the Women’s Studies Program, and Dr. Brenda Gael McSweeney, initiator of this UNITWIN network and Visiting Faculty teaching gender and international development at WSP, are the Co-Coordinators for Boston University.
In September 2007, Boston University with five prestigious partners in India will officially commence the UNITWIN Cooperation Program with UNESCO in the arena of Gender, Culture and People-Centered Development. The participating partners based in India are: Visva-Bharati, Shantiniketan, West Bengal; Punjabi University, Patiala, Punjab; Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi; The Bhab Initiative, Shantiniketan, West Bengal; and the Cultural Resource Conservation Initiative (CRCI)/The Lime Centre, New Delhi.
The two main objectives of this UNITWIN Network are to promote an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation of activities in the field of women and gender studies; and provide advice and expertise to assist partner countries in gender, culture and development studies.
The UNITWIN Program, founded in 1992 aims to share information in all major fields within UNESCO. The goal is to promote North-South and South-South cooperation and communities of practice which will enhance institutions, primarily in developing countries. UNITWIN provides a platform for universities and research institutions to work with UNESCO to support national development efforts.
The Boston University Women’s Studies Program explores and analyzes the social, political and economic factors that influence women worldwide.