Online certificate course on mainstreaming gender into community based disaster risk management

Training Course
Human Rights and Justice Group International (HRJGI)
02 Apr - 23 May 2014
Nigeria (online)

The Hyogo Framework for Action, the global roadmap for disaster risk reduction from 2005 – 2015 recognizes both community participation and gender-sensitive disaster risk management. Gender perspective is a cross-cutting principle of the Hyogo Framework for Action 2000 – 2015: on Building Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disaster, which states that: “A gender perspective should be integrated into all disaster risk management policies, plans and decision making processes, including those related to risk assessment, early warning, information management and education and training.” The international community is coming up with policy and practical guidelines on how to mainstream gender in disaster risk management for national governments. This course seeks to fill gaps in practical guidance in gender mainstreaming in disaster risk management at the local and community level. It is imperative that capacities of both women and men must be harnessed so they can address vulnerable conditions and protect themselves, their families and communities against hazards. And this course will strengthen the participants’ knowledge and skills in integrating gender in the concepts and practices of CBDRM. General Course Objectives In general, the course aims to integrate gender perspective in disaster risk management to ensure that both women and men have the necessary capacities in addressing their respective vulnerabilities to enable them to protect themselves, their families and their immediate communities. Specifically, the course aims to: 1. Review the concepts of disasters and Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) 2. Introduce participants to the gender perspective in CBDRM and the process of gender integration in CBDRM 3. Expose the participants on the process of gender sensitive risk assessment 4. Introduce the participants on Gender Sensitive Disaster Risk Management for effective DRR, response and recovery; and COURSE OUTLINE This six (5) - weeks part-time course comprises 6 modules. The module outline is included below: PRE – Training • Introductory Course in the Online Training System • Course navigation and guide • Explanation of course resources Module1:Understanding Disasters & Community Based Disaster Risk Management • Introduction • The concept of community-based disaster risk management • The importance of community in CBDRM • Core principles of CBDRM • Basic concepts: Disaster and disaster risk management • Definition of key terms and concepts in CBDMR • Assignment Module 2: Gender Perspective in CBDRM • Introduction • Gender and disaster • Why it is important to consider gender issues in CBDRM? • Gender Perspective in CBDRM? • Gender mainstreaming in CBDRM Module 3: Gender-Sensitive Risk Assessment • Introduction • Hazard Assessment • Participatory Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment • What is disaster risk assessment? • The need to make risk assessment gender-sensitive • Assignment Module 4: Gender Sensitive Disaster Early Warning System • Introduction • Understanding early warning • The need for gender-sensitive early warning system • How to build a gender-sensitive early warning system • Assignment Module 5: Gender Sensitive Indicators for Disaster Risk Reduction • Introduction • What are indicators? • Why are indicators important? • What are gender-sensitive indicators? • How to build good gender-sensitive indicators • How to use indicators during the programme cycle of a disaster risk reduction intervention • Assignment Module 6: Conclusion and Final Examination • Final Examination • Participants Evaluation of Course/Feedback • Conclusion COURSE REQUIREMENTS: This is an online course, so you'll need to have a computer with an Internet connection, and you'll need a web-browser (you can use IE or FireFox). All the course materials you'll need to complete this course are provided in the course modules. You will not need to purchase any additional materials, resources, or books. You will also have the opportunity of experiencing the best online training platform. ADDITIONAL FEATURES: • Online, interactive, self-paced and self-learning modules. • Assignments to test your knowledge and understanding before and after the course. • Opportunity to post comments, assignment answers, live chat and blogging etc. TARGET AUDIENCE: This course aims at project staff, advisers, volunteers, women activist, humanitarian workers, disaster risk managers, gender desk officers and consultants, involved in facilitating integration of non discriminatory behaviour and equality between men and women. Candidates should have a good written command of English language and good competence and comfort with computer and internet use. Award of the Certificates: Statistics from previous courses showed that submission of assignments and receiving online tutoring helped participants to integrate gender in their various activities. Certificates can be awarded only to those students who: 1) Completed all assignments and Final Exam 2) Obtain a combined final mark of 50% or more for the assignments and Final Exam. Successful students will receive the GHRLTI Certificate of Participation.  

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Event fee

US$300. There is a limited amount of partial scholarships available for this course for applicants from developing countries, based on financial need.

How to register

The deadline for application is 31st March 2014, while full tuition payment is due on 1st April 2014. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. However, applications will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis. To download the application form from this page. Register early for this wonderful learning opportunity! Further inquiries about the course may be sent to:


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