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Gender-Based Violence in the Context of Migration

European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation via Canvas Network

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Women and girls make up around half of the 244 million migrants and 21.3 million refugees in the world. For them cross-border movement often comes with heightened risks than for men. Addressing the root causes of forced and economic migration and ensuring that the human rights of women and girls are protected throughout the migration process are essential steps towards a stronger recognition of their equal dignity.

Drawing from expertise and examples at the global and regional level, this MOOC provides participants with multiple perspectives and examples of practices in a field that is at the crossroads of gender, migration and human rights studies.

The course is divided into three modules:

Module 1 Gender-based violence

  • Week 1: GBV as a global challenge (focus on migration)
  • Week 2: Conceptual and empirical approaches on GBV
  • Week 3: GBV treaties and regional comparison

Module 2 Migration, gender and violence

  • Week 4: Migration and gender
  • Week 5: Migration, GBV and human trafficking: global and regional perspectives
  • Week 6: Violence against migrant and asylum seeking girls

Module 3 From theory to practice

  • Week 7: Policy and practice implications
  • Week 8: The way forward: concrete proposals for good practices


To earn the certificate, participation in 6 weekly discussions and completion of 2 quizzes is required.


On completion of the course, participants will be able to gain:

  • Insights on international developments concerning GBV and migration and associated key challenges.
  • Knowledge of international legal instruments to prevent, combat and eradicate GBV.
  • Understanding about the GBV challenges associated with the gender-related dimensions of refugee status, asylum, nationality and statelessness at each stage of the displacement cycle.
  • Awareness about the role of key actors, and the challenges they are facing in enforcing and promoting a violence- and fear-free world.


Prerequisite: Previous knowledge of gender studies, international law and human rights may facilitate the learning.


Target Audience: We designed this course for ‘leaders of the future’ who envision a world where cross-border movement is free from GBV: upper year undergraduates; postgraduates; NGO activists and practitioners interested in interdisciplinary human rights, gender equality, women empowerment, migration; young lawyers and social scientists; active and motivated citizens from around the world.


Course is offered by the Global Campus of Human Rights coordinated by the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC).


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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The subject of the course was really interesting. I agree with previous comments that sometimes the lectures resulted slightly boring. Readings were many, but I considered them as a useful tool to delve more into the subject, when I had more time or when the subject was especially of interest. Videos were too long, but it was also possible to read only the transcript. In my view, students' comments and contributions to the forum represented the real added value of the course. I started the course a bit late, and I wished I had more time to read properly all other students' contributions. All in all, the course was good and I would recommend it to other professionals who wish to increase their knowledge of GBV in migration.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    Video too long, too much papers to read, too long papers, all the same.
    The topic is very interesting but the MOOC is not.
    I dropped, died of boredom, disappointed.
    Sorry, I respect the teachers but I don't find this MOOC good.

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