MOOC on Gender-Based Violence in the Context of Migration

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June 10, 2019 to July 21, 2019
Subject Fields: 
Anthropology, Human Rights, Immigration & Migration History / Studies, Social Sciences, Women's & Gender History / Studies

All the way through cross-border movements of people, gender is an important factor: it might determine causes and consequences of migration, impact on asylum procedures, and be a key element in human rights violations. For refugees and migrants, especially women and girls, moving and crossing borders often comes with heightened risks such as physical harm, sexual and gender-based violence (GBV), psychosocial trauma and exploitation, including trafficking. Addressing the root causes of forced and economic migration and ensuring that human rights are protected throughout the whole process are essential steps towards a stronger recognition of equal dignity for all.
This MOOC provides participants with knowledge, multiple perspectives and examples of practices that can help them develop and reinforce their critical understanding and effective action in a field that is at the crossroads of gender, migration and human rights studies.

The programme is structured in three modules. Module 1 starts with a discussion on real-life examples of violations of the human rights of migrant and refugee women and girls and then goes on to introduce key concepts, definitions and elements of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) with attention to the development of the international discourse and related human rights instruments on the topic. Module 2 is dedicated to the interplay of migration, gender and violence analysed through a human rights lens and examples from different regions of the world. Module 3 concludes the course with a look at practical implications, challenges but also positive examples and opportunities for change.

The MOOC is led by a team of three Global Campus Professors from the EMA and APMA Regional Masters in Human Rights and Democratisation: Teresa Pizarro Beleza, of NOVA New University of Lisbon, Kalliope Agapiou-Josephides, of the University of Cyprus and Nicola Piper, of Queen Mary University of London and formerly with the University of Sidney. They are joined in the teaching by an international faculty of academics, experts and practitioners, including: Pablo Ceriani Cernadas, former Vice-Chairperson of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Migrant Workers and Their Families (CMW); François Crépeau, former United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants; Ryszard Cholewinski, Senior Migration Specialist in ILO’s Regional Office for Arab States in Beirut.

Course dates: 10 June – 21 July 2019
Free enrolment until: 30 June 2019

The MOOC is free and open to participants (students, practitioners, social workers…) from all over the world who are actively interested and engaged in gender, migration and human rights studies and wish to deepen their knowledge about their interplay at different levels.
The MOOC is funded by the European Commission and is offered in cooperation with Open EdX, one of the leading providers of open online learning for everyone everywhere.
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