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:
Students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Completion
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.
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:
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