Short course Sexual Violence in Conflict Settings and Emergencies 2020

The overall objective of the course is to provide mid-level and senior managers the knowledge and skills required to conceive a multidisciplinary approach to respond to the complex needs of survivors of sexual violence in conflicts and emergencies.

Information

Period

21 October 2020 - 9 December 2020
2 ECTS credits
40 Distance teaching hours

Language

English

Format

Distance learning

Contact

Location

Genève

Registration

Registration deadline

7 October 2020

Fees:

Total fees: CHF 1’500.-

Deposit: (upon acceptance of admission): CHF 200.-

There is no available scholarship for this programme.

Contribution to the SDGs

Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development

Objectives

The overall objective of the course is to provide mid-level and senior managers the knowledge and skills required to conceive a multidisciplinary approach to respond to the complex needs of survivors of sexual violence in conflicts and emergencies. The course is delivered in partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross, Médecins sans Frontières, Refugee Law Project, UNHCR, and independent human rights experts.

Our eight week distance learning course is a unique opportunity to study this critical subject via distance learning, while engaging with leading experts in the field. There will be two hours of live online teaching once a week (including a short break), plus three hours of weekly preparation work, including individual study and peer assignments. 2 ECTS academic credits are available.

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the phenomenon of sexual violence in conflict and emergencies 
  • Identify and assess the extent and causes of sexual violence in a specific context; and 
  • Conceive a programme centred on victims/survivors of sexual violence. 

Audience

Professional in humanitarian social and development organisations who wants to improve their competencies as well as reflect and capitalise on his experiences
Professional from other sectors who wishes to deepen his understanding of the contemporary humanitarian action and understand how to transfer his acquired competencies in that sector
Post-graduate student with internship experience who wants to work in humanitarian action

Learning outcomes

More specifically, students will be able to: 

In terms of knowledge:

  • Define and explain different terms and concepts used in the field of sexual and gender-based violence 
  • Describe and explain the cultural, political, gender and social dynamics of sexual violence, and identify specific vulnerabilities 
  • Identify and discuss ethical and methodological issues when gathering and interpreting data on sexual violence in conflict-affected areas 
  • Define and illustrate the physical, psychological, social and economic consequences of sexual violence for victims, their families and communities 
  • Explain legal standards relevant to sexual violence 
  • Explain the key actors in the response and their roles 
  • Identify relevant policy documents and guidelines to support programme design and planning 

In terms of skills: 

  • Conduct a situation analysis 
  • Advocate for a victim-centred and coordinated approach to sexual violence programming within their own organizations and with authorities 
  • Define operational options including response and prevention activities 
  • Select ethical and “do no harm“ options to improve the operational response in terms of activities on prevention and response to needs of victims 
  • Develop a plan to monitor and evaluate programmes that address sexual violence

In terms of analytical competences: 

  • Analyse the causes and contributing factors to sexual violence within the context where they work 
  • Analyse contextual challenges and opportunities related to implementing effective programmes 
  • Identify the link between response and prevention activities and programmes 
  • Discuss ethical issues for all components of a programme responding to sexual violence

Programme

  • Core concepts
  • Introduction to a Survivor-Centered Approach
  • Survivor-centered response
  • Medical Care
  • Policy and Practice:
  • Pregnancy as a Result of Rape
  • Mental Health and Psychosocial Support
  • Access to Justice
  • Prevention and Mitigation
  • Monitoring and Evaluation

Director(s)

Prof. Karl BLANCHET, Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies, a joint Centre of the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), Geneva

Coordinator(s)

Dr. Sara L.M. DAVIS, Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies

Partnership

International Committee of the Red Cross • Médecins sans Frontières • Handicap International • OHCHR • UNFPA • UNHCR
Sexual violence is widespread in conflicts and emergencies, and can do lasting harm to men, women, children, LGBT people, persons with disabilities, and other vulnerable groups. Developed with expert input from ICRC, MSF, UNHCR, UNFPA, Physicians for Human Rights and Handicap International, CERAH's intensive one-week course gives emergency program managers the critical analysis and practical tools they need to design, implement and evaluate multidisciplinary programs to prevent and respond to sexual violence. Once a year, the course is offered in Uganda, where course participants meet and hear from community groups about their needs.

Description

Topics covered include:

  • The survivor-centered approach
  • Situation analysis: ethics and methods of data-gathering
  • Sexual violence against men and boys
  • Medical care
  • Policy and practice: pregnancy as a result of rape
  • Mental health care and psychosocial support
  • Access to justice
  • Community engagement
  • Prevention: How do we know what works?
  • Monitoring and evaluation

Admission criteria

  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent university degree, plus a minimum of five years of work experience in the humanitarian, social or development sector
  • Hold a Master’s degree or an equivalent university degree, plus a minimum of two years of work experience in the humanitarian, social or development sector
  • Post-graduate students with internship experience who want to work in humanitarian action
  • Excellent command of English

 

Number of participants

Le nombre de participants est adapté à la pédagogie choisie.

Contribution to the SDGs

Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development

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