Monitoring Women’s Rights

1 November-12 December 2017 (E05317) | Closed
Instructor: Frank Elbers

This e-learning course is an introduction to documenting and monitoring women’s human rights and gender equality, including sexual and gender based violence, women in situations of armed conflict, education, political rights and freedoms, and special protection measures. It will critically look at the gendered dimension to women’s human rights violations and the challenges in implementing and monitoring these rights in an analytical framework. The course will address the cycle of monitoring, including tool development; methodologies for carrying out documentation; and the application of results for improving the respect, protection, prevention and realisation of women’s human rights.

Course structure

This certificate course involves approximately 30 hours of reading, on-line working groups, assignments, and interaction among students and the instructor, and is offered over a six-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, chat sessions and webinars. 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: Human Rights Monitoring: What and Why Monitor?
Week 2: En-gendering Human Rights Monitoring
Week 3: Challenges of Monitoring Women’s Rights
Week 4: A Gender-Sensitive Analysis
Week 5: Human Rights Reporting
Week 6: Human Rights Monitoring and Agenda for Change

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). Mr. Elbers holds an MA in political science from the University of Amsterdam.

Who should apply

The course is intended for human rights/women’s rights staff of NGOs, intergovernmental and government agencies, women’s advocates and related professionals. 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: € 405 (after 1 September 2017: € 465); tuition for auditors€ 155 (€ 185 after 1 September 2017). 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 has been closed.

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