Jeannette BAYISENGE

Name:Dr Jeannette BAYISENGE

Position:Lecturer, Center for Gender Studies and School of Social,
Political and Administrative Sciences

Contact
Phone: +250788681151
Email: j.bayisenge@ur.ac.rw / jbayisenge@gmail.com

Dr. Jeannette BAYISENGE is the Acting Director and a Senior Lecturer at University of Rwanda, College of Arts and Social Sciences (UR-CASS), Center for Gender Studies. She is also the Chairperson of Gasabo District Council. She has a Doctor’s degree in Social Work from University of Gothenburg, Sweden; a Master’s degree in Development Cooperation with specialization in Women and Development obtained from Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul- South Korea and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from National University of Rwanda. Upon her appointment at National University of Rwanda in 2004, her research interest has been in the areas of gender and development and women and children’s rights. Her research interests have expanded to include land’s rights and gender, women and youth’s access to land and rural livelihoods, and land tenure regularization

Work experience
February 2017: She was appointed as the Acting Director of the Center for Gender studies (CGS)
February 2016: She was elected as the Chairperson of Gasabo District Council
May 2004 up to now: Lecturer at University of Rwanda
Main activities and responsibilities: Teaching, doing research, consultancies as well as supervision and assessment of students’ memoirs and thesis
Courses Taught at Undergraduate level:
Gender and Social work intervention in 3rd year Social work UR-College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS)
Gender mainstreaming in 3rd year Social and Military Sciences, UR- CASS
Courses Taught at Masters level:
Gender and Research Methods at Center for Gender Studies UR-CGS
Gender and Development Policy and Practice at Center for Gender Studies, UR-CGS
Gender and Local Governance and Local Governance Institute, UR-CGS
Supervision and assessment of students’ memoirs and thesis
Supervisor for Masters and Undergraduate Students
April-May 2017: A visiting lecturer at University of Gothenburg, Department of Social Work in Sweden
July 2011: A visiting lecturer at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
December 2009-March 2010: Acting HoD of the Department of Social Sciences.
January 2006- December 2007: Academic Secretary of the Department of Social Sciences at National University of Rwanda.

Conferences, workshops, seminars and trainings
October 3-4, 2016: I attended a Consultative Forum on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: The Role of Research and Academic Institutions in Harnessing the Potential of Agendas 2030 and 2063, 3-4 October 2016 organized by UN Women and UN Economic commission for Africa.
July 20-23, 2016: I presented a paper titled “Are there Livelihood Opportunities for Them? Rural Youth Access to Agricultural Land in Rwanda” at the 6th Eastern Africa Land Administration Network (EALAN) held in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
June 25-26, 2015: I presented a paper titled “Women’s experiences of land conflicts in the context of Land Tenure Reform Program in Rwanda” at the 7th International Conference on Peace and Security in the Great lakes region (ICGLR) in Serena Hotel in Kigali

March 11, 2015: I presented the PhD research findings with a title of “Women’s Experiences of Land Rights in the Case of the Land Tenure Reform Program in Rwanda” in a seminar organized by Land Rights Research Initiative (LARRI) held at Handelshögskolan in Gothenburg, Sweden
March 24-27, 2014: Securing women’s land rights through Land Tenure reform Program in Rwanda. Paper presented at the 2014 World Bank and Poverty Conference held at World Bank headquarters in Washington, D.C
March 16-18, 2014. Land issues in Rwanda: Gender perspectives and Social work implications paper presented at the International Social Work Conference on Professional Social Work in East Africa: Towards Social Development And Poverty Reduction held in Kampala, Uganda
May 29-31, 2013: I presented a paper titled “Women’s land rights under the current Land Tenure Reform: Experiences from Rwanda” at the International Workshop on New Perspectives on Regional Integration in the Context of Land- People imbalances in the Lake Victoria Basin in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.
April 17, 2013: I presented a paper “Land tenure reform: A tool for ensuring land rights to women? Experiences of the implementers of the land registration and titling in Rwanda” at a seminar organized by Land Rights Research Initiative (LARRI) on Securing land rights through tenure reforms held at Handelshögskolan in Gothenburg.
October 14-17, 2012: A paper on “Land Registration: A Tool for Ensuring Land Rights to Women: Experiences of the implementers of the Land Tenure Reform in Rwanda” was presented at ASSWA 2012 International Conference on Social work: towards inclusion, social justice & human rights held at the Ingwenyama Conference & Sports Resort, Mpumalanga, South Africa.
October 19-21st, 2009: Presenter in the 6th NUR annual scientific research conference. I presented a paper on “Access to Paid Work and Women’s Empowerment in Rwanda” which got award for the best paper.
July 16-19th, 2009: Presenter in the Regional Conference on “Girls education in Africa” held in Lagos, Nigeria organized by the Federation of University Women of Africa (FUWA). I presented a paper on “Early marriage as a barrier to girls education in Africa: A developmental challenge” which is now published in a book titled "Girl-child Education in Africa".
June 18-27th, 2009: Co-trainer in a workshop on Gender Mainstreaming organised at NUR by OSSREA Rwanda Chapter
February 23-26, 2009: Participant in a workshop on Scientific Writing skills organised by National University of Rwanda and International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) Author AID.
October 27-30, 2008: Participant in a professional Leadership workshop organised by Graduate School of International Studies, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, South Korea
October 8-19, 2007: Participated in a training on Gender Mainstreaming and Research Methodology in Social Sciences organised by the Organisation for Social Sciences Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
October 2006: I participated in the International Global Mental Health Congress focusing on the Never Served organised by National Board of Certified Counsellors (NBCC) held in New Delhi, India.
August 2006 Workshop on consolidating peace through Gender Based Violence (GBV) eradication an inter-university conference organised by UNIFEM & Centre for Conflict Management.
July, 2005: A one day workshop on Social Work practice: Situation and perspectives in Rwanda organised by Social Work lectures and students, NUR, Butare.
May13-26, 2005: A two-weeks training in Descriptive Statistics and Probability organised by NUR in collaboration with the Department Research Institute (IVO) of Tilburg University (Netherlands), Butare-Rwanda
March 2004: A ninety–hour course in the teaching of computer literacy organized by the NUR and Prince George’s community college project Butare-Rwanda.

Research and consultancies
March 2016 –March 2018: a post-doc research project on “land rights and livelihood opportunities for male and female rural youth in Rwanda
May 2016: Short term Technical Backstopping Support in Gender mainstreaming in Rwanda Decentralisation Support Program (RDSP) financed by MINALOC and Belgium Technical Cooperation (BTC)
March 2010-March 2015: a PhD research project titled “Changing gender relations? Women’s Experiences of Land Rights in the Case of the Land Tenure Reform Program in Rwanda”. Completed
March 2009 to 2014: Consultant in the KAP National Study on voluntary HIV screening for children sponsored by TRAC Plus Rwanda.
May, 2007- 2010: A joint research by four researchers from UR including myself on Impact of culture on HIV propagation sponsored by Research commission of National University of Rwanda
September 2009: Participation in the development of curriculum of the School of Social Work at Institut Superieur Alex Kagame (ISAKA)
November 2008 to June 2009: A study on Women’s access to paid work as a means for empowering them. The case of women working in Maraba Coffee Co-operative Abahuzamugambi and OCIR Company in Rwanda
May 2004: Consultant in the preliminary study on social policy strategy in Rwanda organized by MINALOC.
March 2002: Involvement in a survey on Socio-economic conditions of households in Rwanda (DHS)

Publications:
1. Peer reviewed journal papers

Bayisenge, J. (2015). Does the Law Work in Their Favor? The Complexity of Land Rights of Women Living in Polygamous Relationships in Rwanda, Volume 27 (2015). Journal of Culture and African Women Studies (JENDA). ISSN: 1530-5686 http://www.africaknowledgeproject.org/index.php/jenda/issue/view/172
Bayisenge, J. (2015). Women’s experiences of land conflicts in the context of the Land Tenure Reform Program in Rwanda. International Journal of Gender and Women's Studies, 3(1), pp 01-25. DOI: 10.15640/ URL: http://ijgws.com/vol-3-no-1-june-2015-current-issue-ijgws
Bayisenge, J., Höjer, S., & Espling, M. (2014). Women’s land rights in the context of the Land Tenure Reform Program in Rwanda – the experiences of policy implementers Journal of Eastern African Studies, 9(1), pp 74-90. DOI: 10.1080/17531055.2014.985496. 2013 Impact Factor: 0.547
Bayisenge, J., (2010). Access to Paid Work and Women’s Empowerment in Rwanda. NUR-Rwanda
Journal, Series B: Social Sciences, Vol.19, pp 84-106
Bayisenge, J. (Forthcoming).Women’s Experiences of the Land Tenure Reform
Programme in Rwanda. Journal of Agrarian Change (Under review process since December 2013)- ISI Impact Factor: 2.302

2. Book Chapters
Bayisenge, J. (2014). Land Issues in Rwanda: Gender Perspectives and Social Work Implications. In H.
Spitzer, M. J. Twikirize, & G. G. Wairire (Eds.), Professional Social Work in East Africa: Towards Social Development and Poverty Reduction and Gender equality Chap. 19 (p 271-286). Kampala: Fountain Publishers ISBN: 978-9970-25-370-8 (eBook), ISBN: 978-9970-25-367-8 (Paper Back)
Bayisenge, J., 2010. Early marriage as a Barrier to Girl’s Education: A Developmental Challenge in Africa. In C. Ikekeonwu (Eds.). Girl-Child Education in Africa. Chap.4 (pp.43-66). CIDJAP Press. ISBN 978-978-906-695-7
Bayisenge, J. (Forthcoming). From male to joint land ownership: effect on women’s possibilities of using
land titles as collateral in Rwanda. In: Land People imbalances in the Lake Victoria Basin (Under review process)

3. Books
Bayisenge, J. (2015). Changing Gender Relations? Women’s Experiences of Land Rights
in the case of the Land Tenure Reform Program in Rwanda. PhD thesis. University of Gothenburg, Sweden. http://hdl.handle.net/2077/38298. ISBN: 978-91-86796-94-5
Bayisenge, J. 2003. La practique du Travail Social et son importance dans la reussite des
programmes de development socio-economiques. Thesis for bachelor's degree in Social Work

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