Women, Peace and Security

1 February-14 March 2017 (E05817) | Register for this course (opens in new window)
Instructor: Nicola Popovic

It is now recognised that conflict prevention, recovery and peacebuilding cannot succeed if half the population is excluded. Conflict prevention, peace agreements, post-conflict reconstruction, and governance is more effective when women are involved and when their needs and priorities are taken into account. Documents such as the UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security (1325, 1820, 1888, 1889 and 1960) outline concrete actions to be taken by the international community and respective Member States to address women, peace and security issues. These include actions to increase women’s participation at all levels of conflict prevention, peacebuilding, and peacekeeping initiatives; the protection of women and girls during armed conflict; and the prevention of gender-based violence.

While normative global, regional and national frameworks have increasingly been developed over the last decade, the comprehensive implementation of the resolutions remains the greatest challenge. Conflict prevention, peace negotiations, peacekeeping missions and conflict resolution mechanisms often ignore women’s voices and fail to address the needs of women.

This e-learning course provides participants with an understanding of how a gender lens is critical to all elements of peacebuilding, conflict resolution and recovery work, initiatives and policy. It outlines the normative framework around women’s rights and peacebuilding, security sector governance, approaches to transitional justice, security policy making and awareness raising on women’s and gender issues. This course uses weekly case studies to illustrate how the normative framework has been put into practice in different regions of the world. Finally, the course takes a critical look at the implementation of the women, peace and security resolutions, including gaps that that make a comprehensive, realistic and effective response to gender, peace and security issues challenging in field as well as in the global discourse. Participants will critically analyse international interventions on peace and security from a women’s rights perspective.

Course structure

The certificate course involves approximately 30 hours of reading, on-line working groups, webinars, quizzes, a writing assignment, and interaction among students and the instructors, and is offered over an six-week period. The course will integrate active and participatory learning approaches within activities and assignments, with an emphasis on reflective and collaborative learning. 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. Introduction to women, peace and security
Week 2. The normative framework around women, peace and security
Week 3. The 3 P’s of women, peace and security: participation, prevention and protection
Week 4. Implementation of the women, peace and security agenda at the international, regional, national and local levels
Week 5. Challenges and lessons learned in implementation
Week 6. Tools and ways forward

About the instructor: Nicola Popovic

Nicola PopovicNicola Popovic is an independent consultant on Gender, Peace and Security. In the past 7 years she worked for institutions such as the United Nations (UN-INSTRAW, UN Women, UNDP, DPKO), civil society organizations, (International Alert, Cordaid, the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP), and  academia in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Liberia, Haiti, and Zimbabwe among others. Ms. Popovic holds a B.A. in State Studies from the University of Erfurt (Germany), a Master of Law in International Peace Support Operations from the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, as well as, postgraduate diploma in Human Development and Peace Education.

Who should apply

The course is intended for human rights/women’s human rights/humanitarian staff of INGOs, NGOs, intergovernmental and government agencies; women’s advocates and feminists; university students of international law, international relations, and politics; and practitioners of other areas who want to learn about peacebuilding and its gender dimensions. The course is also intended for staff members of UN specialised agencies who want to learn more about gender equality and women’s empowerment in post-conflict settings. Participants should have a good written command of English and have high competence and comfort with computer and Internet use.


Tuition fee for participants: US$ 435 (after 1 December 2016: US$ 495); tuition for auditors: US$ 165 (US$ 195 after 15 December 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.

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