The face-to-face weeks were Lisa's favourite part of the programme, because it created an environment in which students could share and receive in-depth, respectful feedback on personal issues. It also meant an opportunity to be creative and gain new perspectives from each other’s experiences. Lisa and her former classmates still keep in touch on Facebook and share articles, vacancies and thoughts.
Her master’s degree enabled Lisa to secure an internship at the Netherlands Embassy in Bangladesh, where she worked in the Department for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Gender. Questions stemming from this work inspired her to pursue further studies in ethics.
“In the long term I want to work in an international setting, towards the goal that every person has the same rights and opportunities regardless of their sexual orientation, gender, ability, race, and other attributes.”
It is not only for professional reasons that Lisa recommends Gender Studies, but also for personal ones. One of the most significant lessons from her studies concerns self-awareness; people need to be aware of their own positions on issues and in debates, and to recognise and respect the positions of others without attempting to speak for them.
The programme also teaches critical thinking and to question norms. This is significant for a range of future careers, whether directly connected to gender or not. Learning to do so is a challenge that Lisa encourages all potential students to pursue: