Chile - WGS420H5F: Engendering Human Rights


The Trip

Learn about historical acts of military repression and contemporary human rights issues through a gendered lens. Explore Santiago, Chile's capital, by visiting Chile's Museum of Memory and Human Rights, sites of memory and memorials to victims of human rights violations. Connect with human rights activists and learn about their experiences alongside fellow UTM students, your professor and a staff member. 

Spend 9 days taking your learning outside of the classroom in Chile immersing yourself in its history and culture with your classmates and Professor Joan Simalchik.

Activities Include:

  • Interact with Indigenous, students, women and transgender activists and communities claiming human rights;
  • Visit sites of memory and memorials to victims of human rights violations;
  • Attend an art exhibition and cultural venues working for human rights;
  • Learn from Chilean professors (UofT grads) on gender and public space, women in the workforce and reproductive health rights;
  • Connect with former prosecutors of human rights crime in Chile and human rights archivists.

Detailed itinerary coming soon.

Why Participate?

  • Interview with activists in today's scene for women's reproductive rights, Indigenous communities, and the student movement for democratizing education;
  • Witness some of the efforts made to preserve human and gender rights through influential figures in the social and political system;
  • Learn about the political oppression women and the general population faced through impactful mediums such as accounts of activists, family members and art;
  • Engage in an active learning environment that will be educational, practical and unforgettable;
  • Experience the rich cultural traditions of Chile and see how these are employed to engender human rights
  • Visit the renowned Museum of Memory and Human Rights;
  • Add international travel and learning experience to your resume.

Important Details

Dates: Saturday, October 7th, 2017 (depart) - Sunday, October 15th, 2017 (return)

Estimated cost*: CAD$2600-2860

*Funding available for up to half the cost of the international component based on financial need. Click here to learn more.

*The cost of this trip is posted pending approval based on the University’s Policy on Ancillary Fees. Updates will be posted as needed.

Selection criteria: Students must be enrolled in WGS420H5F to participate and will be required to abide by the application requirements and deadlines. 

Applications will open at 12 pm (noon) on Friday, May 19, 2017 and close at 12 pm (noon) on Monday, June 19, 2017. 

Important Dates

Date Description
Friday, May 19, 2017 Applications Open
Monday, June 19, 2017 Applications Close
Thursday, July 6 and Friday, July 7, 2017 Interviews
Monday, July 10 2017 Offers
Wednesday, July 17, 2017 Second Instalment Due
Monday, July 31, 2017 Third Instalment Due
Monday, August 21, 2017 Fourth Instalment Due
Monday, September 11, 2017 Fifth Instalment Due
September 2017 *exact date to be determined Orientation
September 2017 *exact dates to be determined Mandatory Safety Abroad Workshop

Need to know

  • The cost and itinerary are subject to change;
  • Students must be enrolled in WGS420H5F and will be required to abide by the corresponding UTM Abroad application requirements and deadlines to participate in the international experience; 
  • Fees must be paid in full by the required deadlines.
  • To prepare for the trip, students attending will participate in a mandatory pre-departure and safety abroad session.

Applications will open at 12 pm (noon) on Friday, May 19, 2017 and will close at 12 pm (noon) on Monday, June 19, 2017.