Gender-based Violence

31 October-11 December 2018 (E05418) | Closed
Instructor: Dr. Stephanie Chaban

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: Stephanie Chaban

Stephanie ChabanDr. Stephanie Chaban is Social Affairs Officer at UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) in Beirut (Lebanon). She has more than ten years of experience working with women affected by violence and insecurity, including research into how women’s organizations engage with international norms in the criminalisation of domestic violence in the Middle East/North Africa region. For her PhD (Transitional Justice Institute, University of Ulster) she researched at the role of women's organisations in the emergence of domestic violence legislation in the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region, using Egypt and Lebanon as case studies. Prior to pursuing her PhD, Stephanie Chaban worked in the Palestinian West Bank on issues impacting the security of women and girls, including gender-based violence. She has also spent time focusing on similar issues in the wider MENA region. Before working in the MENA region, Dr. Chaban worked as a victim advocate with various domestic violence organisations in the US. Stephanie has an MA in Women's Studies from San Diego State University, USA. She is also instructor of the Human Rights Campus e-learning courses Gender and Transitional Justice and Women, Peace and Security.

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. Human Rights Campus aims to ensure equal gender and geographical distribution across the selected participants.


Tuition fee for participants: € 345 (after 1 September 2018: € 405); tuition for auditors€ 135 (€ 165 after 1 September 2018). 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.

How to register

Registration for this course is now closed. The course will be offered again in 2020.

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