Human Dignity
Online Certificate Course in Mainstreaming Gender into Community-Based Disaster Risk Management

20th January - 18th February 2017
Deadline for applications:  16th January 2017
Fee: US$300.- due by 18th January 2017

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The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the global roadmap for disaster risk reduction from 2015 – 2030 recognizes the importance of gender-dimensions in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and calls for inclusiveness and engagement of all society. Sendai Framework called for:

a gender, age, disability and cultural perspective  in all policies and practices; and the promotion of women and youth leadership; in this context, special attention should be paid to the improvement of organized voluntary work of citizens.

Furthermore, Sendai Framework emphasized that "women and their participation are critical to effectively managing disaster risk and designing, resourcing and implementing gender-sensitive disaster risk reduction policies, plans and programmes; and adequate capacity building measures need to be taken to empower women for preparedness as well as build their capacity for alternate livelihood means in post-disaster situations."  This course seeks to fill gaps in practical guidance in gender mainstreaming in disaster risk management at the local and community level.

It also 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 Community-based disaster risk management (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 to Gender Sensitive Disaster Risk Management for effective disaster risk reduction, response and recovery.


This 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

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.


•    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.

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. 

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 Certification in Gender Perspective in CBDRM.

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.

LOCATION: Online [Web-based]

The deadline for application is 16th January 2017, while full tuition payment is due on 18th January 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!

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