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Gender-Based Violence in the Context of Migration is a Course

Gender-Based Violence in the Context of Migration

Ended Jul 10, 2017

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Full course description

Course Date:

May 15 - Jul 10, 2017


8 weeks


5 hrs/week


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Course Type:



Certificate (free)


Women and girls make up around half of the 244 million migrants and 21.3 million refugees in the world. For them cross-border movement often comes with heightened risks than for men. 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 are essential steps towards a stronger recognition of their equal dignity.

Drawing from expertise and examples at the global and regional level, this MOOC provides participants with multiple perspectives and examples of practices in a field that is at the crossroads of gender, migration and human rights studies.

The course is divided into three modules:

Module 1 Gender-based violence

  • Week 1: GBV as a global challenge (focus on migration)
  • Week 2: Conceptual and empirical approaches on GBV
  • Week 3: GBV treaties and regional comparison

Module 2 Migration, gender and violence

  • Week 4: Migration and gender
  • Week 5: Migration, GBV and human trafficking: global and regional perspectives
  • Week 6: Violence against migrant and asylum seeking girls

Module 3 From theory to practice

  • Week 7: Policy and practice implications
  • Week 8: The way forward: concrete proposals for good practices

To earn the certificate, participation in 6 weekly discussions and completion of 2 quizzes is required.


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.
  • Understanding about the GBV challenges associated with the gender-related dimensions of refugee status, asylum, nationality and statelessness at each stage of the displacement cycle.
  • Awareness about the role of key actors, and the challenges they are facing in enforcing and promoting a violence- and fear-free world.

Prerequisite: Previous knowledge of gender studies, international law and human rights may facilitate the learning.

Target Audience: We designed this course for ‘leaders of the future’ who envision a world where cross-border movement is free from GBV: upper year undergraduates; postgraduates; NGO activists and practitioners interested in interdisciplinary human rights, gender equality, women empowerment, migration; young lawyers and social scientists; active and motivated citizens from around the world.

Course is funded by the European Commission and offered by the Global Campus of Human Rights coordinated by the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC).

Course Instructors

Teresa Pizarro Beleza

Teresa Pizarro Beleza


Teresa Pizarro Beleza is Full Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Law at the new School of Law of NOVA (New University of Lisbon). She graduated in Law from the University of Coimbra and went on to Cambridge University for an M.Phil in Criminology. Her PhD in Law was awarded by the University of Lisbon, where she has taught for many years before moving to NOVA in 1998. Her main fields of interest are Criminal Law and Procedure, Gender, Equality and Discrimination, Human Rights.

Kalliope Agapiou-Josephides

Kalliope Agapiou-Josephides

Assistant Professor

Kalliope Agapiou-Josephides is Assistant Professor at the Department of Social and Political Sciences, University of Cyprus. In 2001 she was awarded a Jean Monnet Chair in European Political Integration. Read More.

She holds a PhD in Political Science from Sorbonne University, PARIS I Panthéon-Sorbonne. Her current research interests and publications include: European Political Integration, Human Rights and Democratisation, Women and Politics.

Nicola Piper

Nicola Piper


Nicola Piper is Professor of International Migration at the University of Sidney and Director of the Sydney Asia Pacific Migration Centre (SAPMiC). Read More.

As a political sociologist and migration scholar, her broad areas of interest cover migrants’ rights, transnational political organising, multi-layered governance of migration and gendered migration. Nicola’s empirical focus is on the Asia-Pacific region but she has conducted fieldwork in Latin America, Europe and Oceania also.