Understanding Violence Against Women: Myths and Realities

Free online course for 6 weeks. Estimated 2 hours/week to complete.

Description: “The United Nations considers violence against women to be a grave violation of human rights of epidemic proportions. Such violence has profoundly negative consequences for individuals, communities and entire societies. This is why violence against women is a priority issue for governments and societies around the world. On this course you will learn about the roots of violence against women, the principles of gender inequality at its centre and most importantly, how to challenge entrenched attitudes that impact women the world over. Topics include:

  • Key concepts – Gender, Power and Violence
  • Defining and explaining Violence Against Women
  • Impact of Violence Against Women from a range of perspectives
  • Media and Cultural representations of Violence Against Women
  • Public and Professional responses to Violence Against Women
  • Preventing Violence Against Women – national and international approaches”

Water for the People: Gender, Human Rights, and Diplomacy

Free online course for 3 weeks. Estimated 3 hours/week to complete.

Description: “We all need water every day, yet 1.1 billion people worldwide lack access to safe drinking water. For many, obtaining water for their families is a difficult, time-consuming task, falling heavily on the shoulders of women and girls. There is widespread agreement that people have a basic human right to the water needed to sustain life, yet this right has not been realized for nearly 1 of every 7 people on earth. On this course you will learn about the issues of gender inequality and human rights in relation to water, and the diplomatic efforts that are helping to improve access to water. Topics covered include:

  • Gender inequality in relation to water: How and why do women and girls bear the brunt of water scarcity?
  • Is water a human right? How has the human right to water been defined? What is the reality?
  • Is water a commodity to be bought and sold for a profit?
  • How has globalization affected access to water for the people?
  • How do nations work together to forge bilateral or multi-lateral agreements promoting access to water?”