Gender Mainstreaming (Gender Equality-Advanced Course)

7 September-22 November 2016 (E05216-2) | Register for this course (page opens in new window)
Instructors: Frank Elbers and Julie Montgomery

Gender mainstreaming is an strategy to achieve gender equality. It is shorthand for saying that the impact of all policies and programmes on women and men should be considered at every stage of the policy or programme cycle — from planning to implementation and evaluation. This advanced e-learning course aims to provide participants with comprehensive knowledge of gender mainstreaming and gender analysis. It draws on best practice and case studies from around the world. The course also provides the opportunity to focus on a specific sectors or policy areas (such as, education, sexual exploitation and abuse, organisational development, or human resources) and for participants to employ this knowledge in their own workplace through an action research topic.

The first half of the course will focus on lessons learned in gender mainstreaming in various UN agencies, international non-governmental organisations, governments and programmes. In the second half participants will be introduced to specific gender mainstreaming tools, including the use of gender planning frameworks, and several topical areas based on the interest of the participants. Critical analysis of current theory and practice is encouraged throughout the course.

Course structure

This certificate course involves approximately 50 hours of reading, on-line working groups, assignments, webinars and interaction among participants and instructors, and is offered over an 11-week period. The course will integrate active and participatory learning approaches within activities and assignments, with an emphasis on reflective and collaborative learning. Participants will do the required reading, prepare interim and final project assignments, including case studies, and participate in group discussions and webinars with invited guest experts. 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: Gender and defining gender mainstreaming
Week 2: Gender integration framework
Week 3: Gender analysis
Week 4: Applying gender mainstreaming (small group work)
Week 5: Tools for gender mainstreaming and analysis
Week 6: Tools for gender mainstreaming and analysis (continued)
Week 7: Gender-based violence
Week 8: Gender mainstreaming in humanitarian action
Week 9: Applying gender mainstreaming (individual work)
Week 10: Benefits of gender mainstreaming
Week 11: Wrap-up & the way forward

About the instructor: Frank Elbers

instructor photo_FrankFrank Elbers is Executive Director of Human Rights Education Associates (HREA). He has 20 years of experience in development and human rights in postcommunist Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa. He joined HREA in 1998 and 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 consultant for the 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 was a member of the Advisory Committee to the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) for the course on Gender and Humanitarian Action: Different Needs, Equal Opportunities. Mr. Elbers holds an MA in political science from the University of Amsterdam.

About the instructor: Julie Montgomery

instructor photo-Julie MontgomeryJulie F. Montgomery has 15 years of experience in the international development and humanitarian sector. She is currently the Director for Innovation and Learning at InterAction, the largest coalition of U.S.-based NGOs working on international development and humanitarian response. The diverse set of projects and initiatives she has spearheaded during her tenure at InterAction include: facilitating gender trainings and gender audits with member organizations; designing and developing an online course on gender and humanitarian emergencies required by many humanitarian agencies, such as the UN Office for Coordination and Humanitarian Response; and managing and designing InterAction’s monthly magazine and publications. She currently leads InterAction’s open data and mapping efforts, including NGO Aid Map, which demonstrates through interactive maps what InterAction members are doing at the project level. With an extensive background in project management, coalition-building, and partnerships, her expertise includes open data, design, and the use of technology for learning and impact. Ms. Montgomery holds a BA and MA in sociology from the University of Florida.

Who should apply

The course is intended for staff of government and inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations, development practitioners, gender focal points, or academic institutions 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. The maximum number of course participants is 25. A Certificate of Participation will be awarded upon successful completion of the course. It is also possible to audit the course.


Tuition fee for participants: US$ 725 (after 1 July 2016: US$ 825); tuition for auditors: US$ 275 (US$ 350 after 1 July 2016). Payments can be made online with major credit cards (Discover, MasterCard, Visa), PayPal and bank transfer (additional fee applies). Bulk rates are available. Payments are due upon registration.

How to register

Register for this course (page opens in new window). Early registration and payment deadline: 1 July 2016. However, registrations are accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. Please be advised that courses generally fill up quickly!

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