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Josephine Tsui

The SOAS Globalisation and Development program brought me a global political element to my past food security background.

MSc Globalisation and Development

Having worked over 27 months in Zambia and Ghana in food security, I came to SOAS looking for critical analysis of International Development as an industry. I also come with a passion for Gender and was looking to explore it more formally. I was impressed with the diversity of SOAS students and the number of them who have formal experience in the industry; this enabled me to have great discussions on the strengths and weaknesses of development.

The SOAS Globalisation and Development program brought me a global political element to my past food security background. The flexibility of the department to customize my classes was extremely appreciated so I could focus on the gendered component of globalisation. Through the development studies program, I developed my critical analysis skills in presenting arguments which is extremely helpful when communicating my experiences of food security to other development aid practitioners or policy makers.

Further I now have the language and the academic knowledge to explain why gender is such an important part of poverty reduction.

I am currently interning at the UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) in the Economics for Gender department. I’m excited about the position because it gives me an opportunity to contribute to the Fifteen year appraisal of the Beijing Platform for Action of the 1995 World Women’s Conference. Finally I also have the chance to create tools for policy makers to aid in the understanding of why gender analysis is critical for an efficient and effective economy.