Aim. This four-week online course brings together existing expertise on the relationship between gender and conflict transformation. The aim of the course is to empower women to become key agents in conflict transformation. The course will use a variety of interactive methods that illicit thinking and exchange.
Specifics aims of the course are to:
Develop strategies to overcome gender specific barriers in conflict transformation;
Provide inspiring examples;
Address gender relations;
Connect the local and international level;
Create a network of gender and conflict experts.
Students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Completion
What it is about.
Week 1. Experiencing: ‘My conflict'.
Articulation of participants’ experiences with conflict is the starting point for discussing basic conflict dynamics and tools for resolution. Participants describe their own point of view in a conflict situation of their choice. In a role-play participants experiment with mediation as a tool for conflict resolution.
Week 2. Understanding: ‘Rethinking conflict from a gender perspective’.
Following a practical and a theoretical track, participants will look into the question why gender matters in understanding conflict. Both paths will arrive at a discussion about the different roles women and men play in conflict. Can the explanation for this difference be found in nature or nurture?
Week 3. Strategising: ‘Women as agents of change and transformation’.
This week’s focus will be on women’s active roles in conflict transformation. A number of local and global strategies will be discussed, representative of the writers’ experiences. Participants will share their own strategies with the group and will collaboratively build a collection of strategies that inspire for action.
Week 4. Acting: ‘Building a constructive alternative’.
After having understood some of the dynamics in a conflict situation, and getting to know some strategies addressing those, participants prepare for concrete action. Each participant designs and reviews an action plan. Suggestions for improvement to two of the action plans are central to this week’s discussion.
For whom. Individuals within civil society organisations, working in conflict situations and operating at a regional and national level. They can be part of women's organisations, NGO's, local authorities, trade unions or can be religious leaders.
The course is developed for people that:
are active in a conflict area;
are in command of the English language;
are able to spend a minimum of 5 hours per week on
have access to ICT and have basic computer skills.
The course fee is €300. A limited amount of partial scholarships is available for participants who cannot afford the full fee. Please note that TNU does not provide full scholarships.