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Online course for monitoring women's human rights


This e-learning course is an introduction to documenting and monitoring women's human rights issues 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. Deadline for applications: November 15, 2011.

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.

The course involves approximately 60 hours of reading, on-line working groups, assignments, and interaction among students and the instructor, and is offered over a 11-week period beginning on 6 February 2012. 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. Introduction to Women's Human Rights, and the Role of the International, Regional and national standards
Week 2. Monitoring Women's Human Rights Issues - Concepts and Methodology
Week 3. Basic Principles of Monitoring
Week 4. Information-Gathering
Week 5. Documentation and Reporting
Week 6. "Open week"
Week 7. Monitoring Women's Political Participation
Week 8. Monitoring Sexual and Gender Based Violence
Week 9. Monitoring Violence Against Women
Week 10. Monitoring Women's Rights in Armed Conflict
Week 11. Preparation of Monitoring Reports and Follow-Up

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 also possible to audit the course.


The course tuition fee is US$ 725; permanent residents of non-OECD countries are eligible for a discounted tuition rate of US$ 450. Tuition for auditors is US$ 275; permanent residents of non-OECD countries are eligible for a discounted tuition rate of US$ 175. Unfortunately, there are no scholarships available for this course.

* Current member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) are: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States.

The deadline for applications is 15 November 2011. However, applicants will be accepted on a first-come-first-served bases.

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