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Course E053: Monitoring Women's Rights

29 October-9 December 2014 (E05314) | Register for this course (page opens in new window)
Instructor: Edna Aquino

This e-learning course is an introduction to documenting and monitoring women's human rights and gender equality, including sexual and gender based violence, women in situations of armed conflict, education, political rights and freedoms, and special protection measures. It will critically look at the gendered dimension to women's human rights violations and the challenges in implementing and monitoring these rights in an analytical framework. The course will address the cycle of monitoring, including tool development; methodologies for carrying out documentation; and the application of results for improving the respect, protection, prevention and realisation of women's human rights.

This certificate course involves approximately 30 hours of reading, on-line working groups, assignments, and interaction among students and the instructor, and is offered over a 6-week period. The course will integrate active and participatory learning approaches within activities and assignments, with an emphasis on reflective and collaborative learning. Participants will do the required reading, prepare interim and final project assignments, including case studies, and participate in group discussions, chat sessions and webinars.

The maximum number of course participants is 25. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Participation. It is also possible to audit the course.

Course outline

Week 1: Human Rights Monitoring: What and Why Monitor?
Week 2: En-gendering Human Rights Monitoring
Week 3: Challenges of Monitoring Women’s Rights
Week 4: A Gender-Sensitive Analysis
Week 5: Human Rights Reporting
Week 6: Human Rights Monitoring and Agenda for Change

About the instructor

Edna Aquino has over twenty years of experience and expertise in monitoring and documenting human rights violations of women's rights, child rights, and migrants' rights. At Amnesty International, where she worked from 2000-2006, she was one of the pioneers of AI's work on violence against women, women's human rights and LGBT rights. She has collaborated in a number of groundbreaking tools on communication and advocacy for women's rights with various organisations, including UN Women, IWRAW Asia-Pacific and Women Living Under Muslim Laws and the Global Campaign to Stop Killing and Stoning Women!. Ms. Aquino established the first comprehensive financial education and economic empowerment of women migrant workers in Hong Kong. She is currently involved in capacity-building of women's organisations and supporting advocacy initiatives in countries where the use of cultural and religious justifications on gender-based violence is pervasive. Ms. Aquino holds a BA in Social Sciences and Politics (University of the Philippines) and an MSc, Voluntary Sector management and Social Policy (London School of Economics and Political Science).

Who should apply

The course is intended for human rights/women's rights staff of NGOs, intergovernmental and government agencies, women's advocates and related professionals. Participants should have a good written command of English -- the working language of the course -- and have high competence and comfort with computer and Internet use. HREA aims to ensure equal gender and geographical distribution across the selected participants. The maximum number of course participants is 25. A Certificate of Participation will be awarded upon successful completion of the course. It also possible to audit the course.


Tuition fee for participants: US$ 575; tuition for auditors: US$ 215. There are no scholarships or discounted tuition rates available for this course.

Payments can be made online with major credit cards (Discover, MasterCard, Visa), PayPal, bank transfer and wire transfer (Western Union, MoneyGram). Bulk rates are available.


Register for this course (page opens in new window). Registrations are accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. There is no registration deadline, but please be aware that courses generally fill up quickly!

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