Start Date22 April - 17 June
LocationThis course can be taken anywhere in the world.
Course Duration: 8 weeks
This course focuses specifically on
- Gender-based violence against women.
- Non-emergency development settings.
- Lower-income countries.
This eight week course empowers participants to:
- Become aware of the prevalence and nature of gender based violence specifically against women and the threat it poses to all development initiatives.
- Understand the relationship between gender inequality and GBV and how GBV threatens both human rights and poverty reduction strategies.
- Appreciate the direct and indirect costs of GBV in terms of health, HIV and AIDS, education, livelihoods and participation at both micro and macro levels.
- Understand best practice in relation to GBV prevention and response programming.
- Analyse and interrogate internal organisational ethics and policy in relation to gender inequality and GBV.
- To address key ethical, methodological and practical challenges in relation to GBV research, monitoring & evaluation and engaging men.
Module 1: Understanding Gender Based Violence
Unit 1 explores the complex relationship between gender inequality and gender based violence from a human rights perspective. It defines GBV in its many forms and outlines the scale of the problem in global terms. It also provides in-depth analysis of how social-cultural forces contribute to the creation and reinforcement of rigid gender roles and unequal gender relations and how these can lead to GBV. It also argues that GBV constitutes a violation of women’s basic rights as human beings and discusses harmful traditional practices from this rights perspective.
Unit 2 explores the link between poverty and GBV and outlines the direct and indirect costs of it and both household and macro-economic levels in lower-income countries. It also examines how GBV threatens the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the areas of health, HIV and AIDS, education, livelihoods and female participation in development.
Module 2: Addressing Gender Based Violence
Unit 3 defines what is meant by GBV prevention and response and outlines the desired qualities of interventions that are co-ordinated across all sectors and levels of society. It explores key issues and progress at different levels within each sector and offers examples of promising/best practice in the field.
Unit 4 explores the challenges for development practitioners and organisations of addressing GBV in terms of policy and practice. It outlines the importance of ethical organisational policy and practice to protect beneficiaries from sexual abuse and exploitation by aid and development professionals and introduces the concept of gender mainstreaming. It also explores ethical, methodological and practical challenges in relation to research, monitoring & evaluation and engaging men.
After they have read the material for each unit, students are expected to test their own learning by completing some relevant exercises and comparing their answers to the ones provided.
In order to demonstrate their understanding of the course content, students will be required to submit 2 assignments: one on Understanding Gender Based Violence and one on Addressing Gender Based Violence.
The deadline for applications is 08/04/2017.
For further information, please email Capacity Development Services (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone +353 (0)1 4064424.
Understanding & Addressing Gender Based Violence (GBV)