Gender-based Violence

3 May-13 June 2017 (E05417) | Register for this course (opens in a new window)
Instructor: Sarah Martin

Addressing gender-based violence (GBV) has gained increasing prominence in the work of human rights, humanitarian and development organisations internationally. GBV is now recognised as a violation of basic human rights with detrimental impacts on the health and social status of survivors of GBV, as well as on society as a whole. International humanitarian and development agencies are increasingly engaging on this issue both through specific programmes that address GBV, as well as through mainstreaming GBV within wider sectoral approaches. GBV requires prevention and response by a range of multi-sectoral actors working in coordinated ways to address the fundamental causes of GBV as well as its consequences.

This e-learning course introduces participants to general definitions, concepts and normative and legal frameworks related to concepts of gender-based violence. The course will cover forms, causes and consequences of GBV in conflict contexts, as well as on an endemic basis. Prevention and response programming, as well as models underpinning mainstreaming and targeted actions on GBV, and the need for coordinated approaches will be covered. The course will provide basic knowledge and skills on GBV to staff of international humanitarian and development organisations aiming to deepen their understanding and engagement on GBV responsive programming.

In this course, participants will:

• define and describe definitions and forms of GBV, and its causes and consequences;
• gain a generic understanding of different approaches to preventing and responding to GBV, including mainstreaming and specific actions on GBV;
• enhance their knowledge on the key models that underpin programming approaches, including key elements of promoting coordinated action on GBV.

Course structure

This certificate course involves approximately 30 hours of reading, discussion, webinars, a written assignment and quizzes, and is offered over a six-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 interim and final assignments and participate in group discussions. Case studies will be used to enable interactive learning and activities. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Participation. It is also possible to audit the course.

About the instructor: Sarah Martin

Sarah MartinSarah Martin is a gender-based violence in emergencies prevention and response consultant with more than 20 years of experience who has worked for the International Rescue Committee, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, CARE and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). She is also the author of Must Boys be Boys? Ending Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by UN Peacekeepers. Ms. Martin holds a MA in international development from George Washington University.

Course outline

Week 1. Exploring Gender-based Violence
Week 2. Understanding Gender-based Violence – Causes, Contributing Factors and Impacts
Week 3. Conflict-related Gender-based Violence
Week 4. Approaches to Addressing GBV
Week 5. Gender-based Violence Programming – Prevention and Response
Week 6. Mainstreaming Approaches to Addressing Gender-based Violence

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: US$ 435; (US$ 495 after 1 March 2017) tuition for auditors: US$ 165 (US$ 195 after 1 March 2017). Payments can be made online with major credit cards (American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa), PayPal and bank transfer (additional fee applies). Bulk rates are available. Payments are due upon registration.

How to register

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