Online certificate course on mainstreaming gender into community based disaster risk management

Event Organisers: 

Human Rights and Justice Group International (HRJGI)


02/04/2014 to 23/05/2014

Registration Deadline: 

Monday, March 31, 2014

Language of event: 



The Hyogo Framework for Action, the global roadmap for disaster risk reduction from 2005 – 2015 recognizes both community participation and gender-sensitive disaster risk management. Gender perspective is a cross-cutting principle of the Hyogo Framework for Action 2000 – 2015: on Building Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disaster, which states that:

“A gender perspective should be integrated into all disaster risk management policies, plans and decision making processes, including those related to risk assessment, early warning, information management and education and training.”

The international community is coming up with policy and practical guidelines on how to mainstream gender in disaster risk management for national governments. This course seeks to fill gaps in practical guidance in gender mainstreaming in disaster risk management at the local and community level.

It is imperative that capacities of both women and men must be harnessed so they can address vulnerable conditions and protect themselves, their families and communities against hazards. And this course will strengthen the participants’ knowledge and skills in integrating gender in the concepts and practices of CBDRM.

General Course Objectives

In general, the course aims to integrate gender perspective in disaster risk management 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.

Specifically, the course aims to:
1. Review the concepts of disasters and Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM)
2. Introduce participants to the gender perspective in CBDRM and the process of gender integration in CBDRM
3. Expose the participants on the process of gender sensitive risk assessment
4. Introduce the participants on Gender Sensitive Disaster Risk Management for effective DRR, response and recovery; and


This six (5) - weeks part-time course comprises 6 modules. The module outline is included below:

PRE – Training
• Introductory Course in the Online Training System
• Course navigation and guide
• Explanation of course resources

Module1:Understanding Disasters & Community Based Disaster Risk Management
• Introduction
• The concept of community-based disaster risk management
• The importance of community in CBDRM
• Core principles of CBDRM
• Basic concepts: Disaster and disaster risk management
• Definition of key terms and concepts in CBDMR
• Assignment

Module 2: Gender Perspective in CBDRM
• Introduction
• Gender and disaster
• Why it is important to consider gender issues in CBDRM?
• Gender Perspective in CBDRM?
• Gender mainstreaming in CBDRM

Module 3: Gender-Sensitive Risk Assessment
• Introduction
Hazard Assessment
• Participatory and Capacity Assessment
• What is disaster risk assessment?
• The need to make risk assessment gender-sensitive
• Assignment

Module 4: Gender Sensitive Disaster Early Warning System
• Introduction
• Understanding early warning
• The need for gender-sensitive early warning system
• How to build a gender-sensitive early warning system
• Assignment

Module 5: Gender Sensitive Indicators for Disaster Risk Reduction
• Introduction
• What are indicators?
• Why are indicators important?
• What are gender-sensitive indicators?
• How to build good gender-sensitive indicators
• How to use indicators during the programme cycle of a disaster risk reduction intervention
• Assignment

Module 6: Conclusion and Final Examination
• Final Examination
• Participants Evaluation of Course/Feedback
• Conclusion

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