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Gender-based violence in the context of migration

For refugees and migrants, crossing borders often comes with heightened risks such as physical harm, sexual and gender-based violence, 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.

Course Outline

The programme of the 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.

Lecturers and Experts

Reflecting the international spirit and multidimensional approach of the Global Campus of Human Rights, the course is taught by academics and experts drawn from all regions of the world and a cross-section of constituencies, enabling participants to benefit from rich and varied competences, experiences and knowledge.The MOOC has been developed under the leadership of the European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation (EMA) managed by the European Inter-University Centre in Venice, Italy and the Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratization in Asia Pacific (APMA) coordinated by the University of Mahidol in Bangkok, Thailand.


Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course participants will have acquired:

  • Knowledge of international developments, legal instruments and practices to prevent, combat and eradicate GBV.
  • Knowledge about GBV concerns associated with the gender-related dimensions of forced and economic migration.
  • Insights on the role of key actors, and the challenges they are facing in enforcing and promoting a violence- and fear-free world.

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