The Institute of Women, Gender and Development Studies (IWoGDS) was established on 4th May, 2010


The Institute of Women, Gender and Development Studies (IWoGDS) is a multi-disciplinary academic and research Unit, Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO). The Institute which was formerly known as Centre for Women, Child, Research and Development (CWCRD) was established and granted full academic status by the University Senate at its 338th Meeting held on Tuesday, May 4, 2010. However, in order to reflect the general practice around the world by practitioners, promote diversity and gender equality and equity, the University Senate at its 358th Meeting held on 27th March, 2012, changed the name from CWCRD to CWGDS; and later upgraded it to the Institute of Women, Gender and Development Studies (IWoGDS) at its 397th Meeting held on the 22nd September 2015. The Institute has continued to be a leading centre of academic excellence and innovation in the areas of women, gender and development studies at local, national and international levels; and has aggressively engaged in activities and programmes that promote teaching, research and community service in women, gender and development related issues with far-reaching positive impact on the University, its environs and beyond.

In particular, we have held six International Conferences; hosted annual Workshops to commemorate global celebrations that are relevant to our mandate such as the International Women’s Day, World Environment Day, World HIV/AIDS Day, Global Handwashing Day and International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.  We have equally held annual Training Workshops on empowerment of women, men and youths on farming for sustainable livelihood.

We have published five editions of our highly rated International Journal of Gender and Development Studies (which was recently selected for sponsorship by TETFUND): Books of Abstracts and Proceedings.  We have published seven editions of our Bulletin The Insight through which we disseminate our various activities to the public. We have also published a Sexual Health Handbook for Young People – “Be at Peace with Your Body” with ISBN: 978-978-52056-4-6

As a multidisciplinary Academic and Research Unit, we have mounted Post-Graduate Programmes in Gender and Development Studies, Technology, Science, Agricultural Technology, Global Health and Entrepreneurship.

Our research activities include Needs Assessment Study for the University host communities in 2012; Gender Trend Audit of Staff and Students of the University, and the Evaluation of the Extent of Achievement of the MDGs in the Niger-Delta Region of Nigeria sponsored by TETFUND.

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