Gender Mainstreaming (Gender Equality-Advanced Course)

6 February-23 April 2019 (E05219) | Closed
4 September-19 November 2019 (E05219-2) |
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Instructor: Frank Elbers

Gender mainstreaming is a 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: Engaging men and boys Week 8: Overcoming resistance 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

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 postcommunist Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa. From 1998-2016 he was the Director of Programmes and Executive Director of Human Rights Education Associates (HREA). He has been an instructor and trainer for courses and workshops on human rights-based programming, gender-based violence, gender mainstreaming, monitoring children’s rights and monitoring women’s human rights, and women, peace and security. Frank has also served as a consultant for UNESCO and UNICEF, 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 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.He is also the instructor of HREA’s Engaging Men and Boys in Gender Equality Programming course.

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: € 655 (after 1 July 2019: € 755); tuition for auditors: € 245 (€ 305 after 1 July 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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