Owing to different life experiences, women and men differ in how they experience, respond to, and recover from disasters. When disaster strikes, men and women have different abilities and ways of responding, and, in the end, the impacts are different. Gender-based social, economic, religious and cultural construct marginalize women across all communities and groups, irrespective of class, caste, economic standing, status, ethnicity or age. Therefore, a disaster response must meet the disaster-related needs of women, men, and all marginalized groups, and those stakeholders should participate in disaster preparedness, mitigation, recovery and reconstruction.

Based on this premise, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 – 2030, states that, in designing and implementing policies and plans on disaster reduction, the participation of relevant stakeholders such as women and the marginalized groups should be considered. It also emphasizes the need for capacity development measures for women to participate effectively in each and every steps of disaster preparedness, emergency response, recovery and reconstruction. The course seeks to fill the gaps in practical guidance in gender mainstreaming in disaster risk management at the local and community level.

This course will strengthen the participants’ knowledge and skills in integrating gender in the concepts and practices of community-based disaster risk management (CBDRM) for the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

General Course Objectives

The main course objective is to build the capacity of participants to integrate gender perspective in disaster risk management so as to ensure that both women and men have the necessary capacities in addressing their respective vulnerabilities to enable them to protect themselves, their families and their immediate communities. The specific objectives are to:

  1. Review the concepts of disasters and Community-Based Disaster Risk Management.
  2. Introduce participants to the gender perspective in Community-based disaster risk management.
  3. Expose the participants on the process of gender sensitive disaster risk assessment.
  4. Introduce the participants to Gender Sensitive Disaster Risk Management for effective disaster risk reduction, response and recovery
  5. To identify the gaps and opportunities for mainstreaming gender sensitivity into disaster risk reduction with specific focus on Sendai Framework implementation.


This is an online course, so you’ll need to have a computer with an Internet connection, and you’ll need a web-browser (you can use IE or FireFox). All the course materials you’ll need to complete this course are provided in the course modules. You will not need to purchase any additional materials, resources, or books. You will also have the opportunity of experiencing the best online training platform.


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

This course aims at United Nations staff, humanitarian workers, social workers, law enforcement officials, development actors, women activists, research officers, disaster risk managers, gender desk officers and consultants, involved in facilitating integration of non discriminatory behaviour and equality between men and women.

Award of the Certificates:

Statistics from previous courses showed that submission of assignments and receiving online tutoring helped participants to integrate gender in their various activities. Certificates can be awarded only to those students who:

  1. Completed all assignments and Final Exam
  2. Obtain a combined final mark of 50% or more for the assignments and Final Exam.

Successful students will receive the GHRLTI Certification in Gender Perspective in CBDRM.

The course tuition fee is US$300. There is a limited amount of partial scholarships available for this course for applicants from developing countries, based on financial need.

LOCATION: Online [Web-based]

Time Commitment
While learning styles can vary considerably and any particular student will take more or less time to learn or read, we estimate that the “average” student 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.


The deadline for application is 30th October 2022, while full tuition payment is due on 31st October 2022. However, applications will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis. To submit application form online visit Register early for this wonderful learning opportunity!

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