This course is provided by UNITAR for FREE.

Duration: 2 days, 18-19 March 2015

Course Objective

This workshop aims to 1) promote the participation of women in the sphere of negotiation, peace, and development; 2) to recap the developments since the Beijing Declaration and the Platform for Action and identify the current state; 3) promote career development of women through the enhancement of their negotiation skills; and 4) provide participants with insights and experiences from other women diplomats.               

Through this workshop, participants will:

  • Learn about negotiation styles;
  • Analyze the developments in terms of empowering women since 1995 Beijing events;
  • Understand the strategies and techniques for producing good negotiated outcomes and developing sustainable peace;
  • Learn about gender specificities and gender differences in negotiation, leadership, and communication styles;
  • Enhanced relevant skills to assume leadership positions and active roles in the negotiation of peace agreements. 

This course is provided by ITC-ILO for a FEE (partial fellowship available). 

Duration: 23-27 March 2015

Course Objective

The workshop proposes to look at how organizations have embraced gender mainstreaming, the success and barriers, but goes much further by looking at gender as part of an organizational change management strategy rather than a “stand alone” agenda item. In this workshop we will not only review the benefi ts and drawbacks of targeted measures to achieve equality but we will also look at other strategies at the organizational level to take into account gender issues and women’s rights. In this workshop participants will explore ways of mainstreaming gender in organizational change and apply change management approaches and tools to support and promote gender equality in organizations. Through the integration of the two approaches (change management and gender mainstreaming) we will discuss successful strategies for change and assess the most successful elements conducive for gender equality.

This is an online course provided by the UN System Staff College (UNSSC) for a FEE. 

Duration: 9-20 February 2015

Course Objective

The more connected the world becomes, the more urgent the need to manage diversity effectively and build an inclusive culture. "Global Diversity" provides a sound understanding of the importance of diversity and inclusion and the impact it has on teamwork, motivation, productivity, quality improvement, etc.

The online course starts with a self-assessment - The Global Diversity Survey – which helps highlight specific areas for professional development. The course then covers the meaning of diversity, culture and inclusion, the business case for diversity, and the connection to leadership and values. 

This online course is provided by University of Padova through iversity for FREE. 

Duration: starts on 30 January 2015

Course Objective

Human rights are a complex issue. Their protection and promotion involve a number of actors: from international organisations to local communities, from governments to civil society. Human rights affect all aspects of our life, as individuals (as women, men, children, refugees, workers…) and as members of a community. This MOOC provides students with critical knowledge concerning the norms, institutions and procedures tasked to promote and protect human rights. Students will acquire the knowledge needed to actively join the global debate on fundamental rights and to avail themselves of the existing legal and institutional tools set up for their implementation. The MOOC introduces to the human rights legal framework in a multi-disciplinary and multi-level perspective, helping students to approach real-life scenarios with competence and cultural and ethical awareness.

This online course is provided by UNITAR for a FEE.

Duration: 5 weeks, 24 Sep to 29 Oct 2014

Course Objective

At the end of the course participants should be able to:

  • Reflect on gender as a lens for better understanding of human experience;
  • Apply a gender lens to conflict and peace processes;
  • Examine peacebuilding models and their contribution to gender inclusion strategies;
  • Analyze leadership models for maximizing the inclusion of women in leadership.

This online course is provided by Stanford University for FREE. 

Duration: 10 July to 5 September 2014

Course Objective

This course provides an overview of women's health and human rights issues, beginning in infancy and childhood, then moving through adolescence, reproductive years and aging. We will consider economic, social, political and human rights factors, and the challenges women face in maintaining health and managing their lives in the face of societal pressures and obstacles.

The course focuses on "critical issues," namely those that may mean life or death to a woman, depending on whether she can exercise her human rights. These critical issues include poverty; discrimination against women; unequal access to education, food, paid work and health care; forms of violence, in the home and in war and refugee circumstances; maternal health; and sex trafficking of women.

Our MOOC will have a special focus on creating a network of engaged participants to share experiences and to take part in interactive discussions and cooperative exercises. We ask participants to engage with the communities they live in, in order to deepen their understanding of the issues and tie academic ideas to real-life circumstances.

This online course is provided by Harvard University through eDx for FREE. 

Duration: 12 weeks, course has ended but course archive available at eDx

Course Objective

Justice is a critical analysis of classical and contemporary theories of justice, including discussion of present-day applications. Topics include affirmative action, income distribution, same-sex marriage, the role of markets, debates about rights (human rights and property rights), arguments for and against equality, dilemmas of loyalty in public and private life. The course invites students to subject their own views on these controversies to critical examination.

The principal readings for the course are texts by Aristotle, John Locke, Immanuel Kant, John Stuart Mill, and John Rawls. Other assigned readings include writings by contemporary philosophers, court cases, and articles about political controversies that raise philosophical questions.

Closed Captioning is available in Chinese, German, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Before your course starts, try the new edX Demo where you can explore the fun, interactive learning environment and virtual labs.

This course is provided by UNITAR for a FEE. 

Duration: 01 Sep - 02 Sep 2014

Course Objective

At the end of this orientation programme, participants will be able to: 
  • Describe and distinguish the core institutions and mechanisms of the international human rights protection system;
  • Actively participate in human-rights related negotiations at United Nations Headquarters.
  • The two-day programme will cover discussion topics including:

    • Historical overview of the international human rights normative framework;
    • OHCHR’s mandate, working methods, thematic and country-related work;
    • Human Rights Council: structure, functioning and programme of work;
    • Human Rights Council mechanisms: the Universal Periodic Review and special procedures;
    • Human rights treaty bodies;
    • Mainstreaming human rights in development, humanitarian action and peace operations.

This course is offered by ITC-ILO for a FEE.

Duration: Nov 10, 2014 to Nov 21, 2014

Course Objective

Discuss gender approaches and tools to bring gender equality into the mainstream of labour-related development activities. Use the regulatory framework, gender analysis and planning tools.

This course is provided by ITC-ILO for a FEE. 

Duration: Sep 22, 2014 to Oct 31, 2014

Course Objective

Participants will explore innovative new tools that complement the classic participatory gender auditing (PGA) tools for gender audits in large organizations. The focus is on surveys, knowledge-sharing and report-writing.

This course is provided by the UN System Staff College (UNSSC) for a FEE. 

Duration: 5 days, dates for 2015 to be announced soon

Course Objective

The UN System Staff College, in close collaboration with OHCHR and other UN Agencies, offers its services to the leadership of UN Country Teams and programme staff alike with a view to build capacity to integrate human rights into all policy and programming processes. UNSSC led the update of the HRBA Common Learning Package in 2011 which ensured the inclusion of results-based management (RBM) elements and programmatically relevant information on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process, and has conducted several train-the-trainer workshops on the Common Learning Package (  through which a critical mass of resource persons from various UN Agencies was built) and is developing a number of e-learning tools.