Course Description

Gender mainstreaming is a strategy to achieve gender equality. This strategy aims at making visible the different impacts on or impact of women and men in a given context. It involves the recognition that the gender division of labor and its associated norms, values and ideologies are defined by a complex of power relations which tend to accord to women lesser political voice, social/cultural value, and access to and control over economic resources. This course aims to improve participants’ ability to deal with special interventions for gender equality and mainstreaming of gender equality when designing, implementing and monitoring development interventions.

The course covers practical strategies and skills for mainstreaming gender – including the use of gender planning frameworks; addressing gender issues in logical frameworks and developing gender policies. Critical analysis of current theory and practice is encouraged throughout the course.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the key gender concepts, themes and gender mainstreaming processes;
  • Understand gender mainstreaming as a strategy to achieve gender equality;
  • Develop awareness of the challenges to gender mainstreaming and build competency to address these challenges;
  • Explain and differentiate the various frameworks for gender analysis as means of gender mainstreaming;
  • Strengthen the capacity of relevant actors to apply gender mainstreaming effectively in their organizations or institutions

Course Benefits

After completion of this course, participants should have acquired the skills to contribute towards the implementation of gender mainstreaming in their organisations, workplace and communities.

Additional Features:

  • Online, interactive, self-paced and self-learning modules.
  • Assignments to test your knowledge and understanding before and after the test.
  • Opportunity to post comments, assignment answers, live chat etc.

Target Audience:

This course is designed for women and men in governments, donor agencies and NGOs, non-profits, students, as well as individual consultants and trainers, who have the responsibility of mainstreaming gender in development organisations and in national policy processes. Also, not left out is managers, executives, and other staff working on gender issues.

Entry Requirement:

Participants must have a current e-mail account, regular access to and general familiarity with the internet and mobile phones.

Course Delivery:

Interaction with participants will be via the Global Human Rights Leadership Training platform and all course notes and guidelines for study will be delivered and accessible to participants on this platform. The course modules are made available to the participants at the beginning of the course. At the end of each module, an assignment is completed by the participants and automatically marked by graded by the system. Assignments are in the form of objective questions.

Award of Certificates:

Certificates can be awarded only to those participants who:

  • Completed at least 70% of all assignments and final assessment;
  • Obtain a combined final mark of 50% or more for the assignments and final assessment.

Successful participants will receive the GHRLTI specialized Certificate on Gender Mainstreaming (GM) to validate their skills and knowledge.

Course Location: Online [web-based]

Time Commitment

While learning styles can vary considerably and any particular participant will take more or less time to learn or read, we estimate that the “average” participant will take 84 hours to complete this course. It’s a good idea to also schedule your study time in advance and try as best as you can to stick to that schedule.

Course Curriculum


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