Online Certificate Course in Mainstreaming Gender into Community-based Disaster Risk Management

Training Course
Human Rights and Justice Group International (HRJGI)
19 Oct - 18 Nov 2017 (tentative)

Course description

Owing to different life experiences, women and men differ in how they experience, respond to, and recover from disasters. When disaster strikes, men and women have different abilities and ways of responding, and, in the end, the impacts are different. Gender-based social, economic, religious and cultural construct marginalize women across all communities and groups, irrespective of class, caste, economic standing, status, ethnicity or age. Therefore, a disaster response must meet the disaster-related needs of women, men, and all marginalized groups, and those stakeholders should participate in disaster preparedness, mitigation, recovery and reconstruction.

Based on this premise, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 - 2030, states that, in designing and implementing policies and plans on disaster reduction, the participation of relevant stakeholders such as women and the marginalized groups should be considered. It also emphasizes the need for capacity development measures for women to participate effectively in each and every steps of disaster preparedness, emergency response, recovery and reconstruction. The course seeks to fill the gaps in practical guidance in gender mainstreaming in disaster risk management at the local and community level.

This course will strengthen the participants’ knowledge and skills in integrating gender in the concepts and practices of community-based disaster risk management (CBDRM) for the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

General course objectives

The main course objective is to build the capacity of participants to integrate gender perspective in disaster risk management so as 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. The specific objectives are to:

  • Review the concepts of disasters and Community-Based Disaster Risk Management.

  • Introduce participants to the gender perspective in Community-based disaster risk management.

  • Expose the participants on the process of gender sensitive disaster risk assessment.

  • Introduce the participants to Gender Sensitive Disaster Risk Management for effective disaster risk reduction, response and recovery

  • To identify the gaps and opportunities for mainstreaming gender sensitivity into disaster risk reduction with specific focus on Sendai Framework implementation.

Course outline

This part-time course comprises seven (7) modules. The module outline is included below:

PRE – Training

  • Introductory Course in the Online Training System

  • Course navigation and guide

  • Explanation of course resources

Module 1: Introduction to Community-Based Disaster Risk Management

  • Introduction

  • The concept of community-based disaster risk management

  • The importance of community in CBDRM

  • The Core principles of CBDRM

  • Basic concepts: Disaster and disaster risk management

  • Definition of key terms and concepts in CBDRM

  • Assignment

Module 2: Gender Perspective in Community-Based Disaster Risk Management

  • Introduction

  • Gender and disaster

  • Why it is important to consider gender issues in CBDRM?

  • Gender Perspective in CBDRM?

  • Gender mainstreaming in CBDRM

  • Assignment

Module 3: Gender-Sensitive Risk Assessment

  • Introduction

  • Defining Risk Identification, Risk Analysis, and Risk Evaluation

  • Participatory vulnerability and capacity assessment

  • Understanding disaster risk assessment

  • The need to make risk assessment gender-sensitive

  • How to conduct a gender-sensitive risk assessment

  • 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

  • Challenges to gender-inclusive disaster risk reduction

  • Assignment

Module 5: Gender-Sensitive Indicators for Disaster Risk Reduction

  • Introduction

  • Defining indicators

  • The importance of indicators

  • Understanding 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: Disaster Risk Reduction for Sustainable Development

  • Introduction

  • The Evolution of disaster risk reduction

  • Understanding the concept or disaster risk management

  • Disaster risk reduction for sustainable development

  • Relevance of disaster to sustainable development

  • Examining the Sendai framework for disaster risk reduction 2015 - 2030

  • The Sendai Framework for Disaster Reduction & The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

  • The Sendai Framework and Post-2015 disaster risk challenge.

  • Assignment

Module 7: Final Examination

  • Final Examination

  • Participants Evaluation of Course/Feedback

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 United Nations staff, humanitarian workers, social workers, law enforcement officials, development actors, women activists, research officers, disaster risk managers, gender desk officers and consultants, involved in facilitating integration of non discriminatory behaviour and equality between men and women. 

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:

  • Completed all assignments and Final Exam

  • Obtain a combined final mark of 50% or more for the assignments and Final Exam.

Successful students will receive the GHRLTI Certification in Mainstreaming Gender into CBDRM.

Course fee

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

Application procedure

The deadline for application is 27th June 2017, while full tuition payment is due on 30th June 2017. 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: OR

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