Gender and Data

1-28 May 2019 (E051219) | Register for this course (opens in new window)
Instructor: Frank Elbers

This course addresses the importance of data to advance gender equality, including safe and ethical techniques for data collection, sharing, and management. Participants will gain an understanding of the various methods and modalities for data collection in development and humanitarian settings.

Topics covered include: sex-disaggregated data, qualitative and quantitative data, data management, safe and ethical data guidance, tools and resources for gender monitoring and evaluation.

Course structure

This certificate course involves approximately 20 hours of reading, discussion, video lectures, webinars, quizzes and one written assignment, and is offered over a four-week period. The course is based on a participatory, active learning approach, with an emphasis on critical reflection and peer-to-peer learning. Participants will do the required readings, prepare a written assignments and participate in group discussions. Case studies will be used to enable interactive learning and activities. The maximum number of course participants is 25. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Participation. It is also possible to audit the course.

Course outline

Week 1: Introduction: from gender gaps to big data
Week 2: Data collection — developing gender-sensitive indicators using the Sustainable Development Goals as an example
Week 3: Case study: costing violence against women
Week 4: Safe and ethical techniques for data collection, sharing, and management

About the instructor: Frank Elbers

Frank ElbersFrank Elbers is a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World at Lebanese American University in Beirut. He has more than 25 years of experience in development and human rights in post-communist Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, and West Africa. From 1998-2016 he was the Director of Programmes and Executive Director of Human Rights Education Associates (HREA). Before he joined HREA he worked as a Program Officer in rule of law programs for the Netherlands Helsinki Committee and Program Officer West Africa for SATELLIFE. He has been an instructor and trainer for courses and workshops on human rights-based programming, monitoring children’s rights and monitoring women’s human rights. Frank has also served as a gender consultant for Education Development Center (EDC) and for UNIFEM on strategies for violence against women, implementation of CEDAW (the Convention on the Elimination of All Discrimination Against Women), and the Beijing +5 review process. He is the instructor of HREA’s Gender Mainstreaming (Gender Equality-Advanced Course).

Who should apply

The course is intended for staff of inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations, (under)graduate students, humanitarian practitioners, gender focal points and others interested in gender equality. Participants should have a good written command of English — the working language of the course — and have high competence and comfort with computer and Internet use. HREA aims to ensure equal gender and geographical distribution across the selected participants.


Tuition fee for participants: € 295 (after 1 February 2019: € 335); tuition for auditors€ 105 (€ 135 after 1 February 2019). Payments can be made online with major credit cards (American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa), PayPal and bank transfer. Bulk rates are available. Payments are due upon registration.

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