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General gender discrimination and the resultant weaker position of many women in most societies are often the root cause for women migrants’ greater vulnerability at all stages of the migration process.

— Nicola Piper, University of Sydney, 2005

Forced marriage and domestic abuse can be a driver of migration for women and girls. Being subject to violence is also a major risk along migration routes, where sexual violence is a grave concern. In the destination country, various obstacles can place migrant women and girls more at risk of violence and exploitation, especially those who are undocumented. Addressing the root causes of forced and economic migration and ensuring that the human rights of women and girls are protected throughout the migration process (across countries of origin, transit and destination) are essential steps towards a stronger recognition of their equal dignity and of their roles in fostering a more equitable, inclusive and sustainable human development. The international community has developed over time a set of international and regional instruments that protect women and girls from violence and breaches of their human rights. To what extent do these instruments apply in the context of migration? What are the main challenges and obstacles in this area? And where can we find opportunities for improvements? By answering these questions, this MOOC provides participants with solid knowledge, multiple perspectives and examples of practices applied to a field that is at the crossroads of gender, migration and human rights studies.


Learning objectives

On completion of the course, participants will be able to gain:

  • Insights on international developments concerning GBV and migration and associated key challenges.
  • Knowledge of international legal instruments to prevent, combat and eradicate GBV.
  • Knowledge about the GBV challenges associated with the gender-related dimensions of refugee status, asylum, nationality and statelessness at each stage of the displacement cycle.
  • Knowledge about the role of key actors, and the challenges they are facing in enforcing and promoting a violence- and fear-free world.



The course encompasses an 8-week period. Participants are expected to engage in approximately 40 hours of active learning through readings, videos, podcasts, discussions, webinars and quizzes. The course is based on a participatory approach aimed at developing and reinforcing personal critical reflection and peer-to-peer learning. Case studies will be used to identify cross-regional and cross-cutting issues and enable a multidimensional understanding of practical application.



This MOOC is divided 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 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.


Certificate of participation

The course is self-paced so participants can study in their own time. However, to enhance peer learning, interactive participation and self-assessment, weekly discussions, module quizzes and webinars are proposed at set dates. To successfully complete the course and receive a certificate of participation, students must take part in six weekly discussions and pass two quizzes.


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