Free online courses on women rights and development

Free Online Courses on Women’s Rights, Development and more

By: Staff Reporter
Education Gender Justice

Free online courses are a resource unlike any other, which can help you gain access to knowledge in highly specialised areas. We present to you a few courses on gender, women’s rights and development, to help you gain new insights.

Course 1

Name of the course: Confronting Gender Based Violence: Global Lessons for Healthcare Workers

Presented by: Johns Hopkins University

Course duration: 4 weeks

Course cost: USD 29

Course description: This course introduces key concepts of Gender-based Violence (GBV) from a global perspective with an emphasis on ensuring a strong health sector response to GBV and teaching key competencies to social workers, physicians, nurses, community health workers and other healthcare workers. By the end of this course learners will be able to identify the causality between GBV and poor health, articulate challenges of and strategies to challenge GBV and understand the psychosocial support required for a GBV survivor.


Course 2

Name of the course: Women in Leadership: Inspiring Positive Change

Presented by: Case Western Reserve University

Course duration: 5 weeks

Course cost: USD 29

Course description: This course aims to raise questions pertaining to the relationship between women and workplace, such as: How does the gendered nature of organisations impact women? How can women integrate multiple family and work life comments? What can organisations do to provide women with opportunities to excel? What opportunities could the global economy harness by advancing women to leadership? It will examine challenges, trade-offs and organisational dynamics experienced by women in work organisations. By offering nuanced explanations of issues related to women and work, the course will help learners increase their self-awareness and knowledge about their own values and vision, as well as enhance their capabilities as leaders.


Course 3

Name of the course: Understanding Violence against Women: Myths and Realities

Presented by: University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

Course duration: 6 weeks

Course cost: Free course with USD 74 certification fee

Course description:  Expounding key concepts related to gender, power and violence, defining violence against women, studying media and cultural representations of violence and discussing national and international approaches to preventing violence against women are the focus areas of this course.  Learners will gain insights into origins and concepts of violence against women in private and public life as currently defined, understand critical approaches to societal views, attitudes and responses to violence and develop an awareness about the impact of violence against women on individuals, families and communities.


Course 4

Name of the course: Gender and Development

Presented by: Deakin University

Course duration: 2 weeks

Course cost: Free course with USD 74 certification fee

Course description: This online course explores why gender matters in contemporary international and community development, what brings gender and development together and the history of women in international development. Learners will understand the concept of gender and how it is considered an integral part of development, investigate the ways in which bringing gender in development can contribute to positive change and assess the complex circumstances in which gender and development work occurs.


Course 5

Name of the course: Psychology of Political Activism: Women Changing the World

Presented by: Smith College

Course duration: 7 weeks

Course cost: Free course with USD 49 certification fee

Course description:  Activism and psychological theories that were developed to understand what pushes individuals to participate in collective action and work towards social change are the fundamental areas covered by this course. Over a period of 7 weeks, learners will look at case studies of nine prominent women activists who were engaged in efforts such as the Civil Rights Movement. In addition to the lectures, the course modules include video excerpts of and interactive sessions with prominent women activists.


Course 6

Name of the course: Improving the Health of Women, Children and Adolescents: from Evidence to Action

Presented by: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Course duration: 6 weeks

Course cost: Free course with USD 59 certification fee

Course description:  By considering the latest data, priorities and debates about the health of mothers, children and adolescents, this course aims to inculcate among learners an understanding of reproductive health, the global health agenda on newborns and stillbirths and approaches for reduction in infant mortality rate. On completion, learners will be able to evaluate poor health outcomes and how to prevent them and understand how different stages of lifecycle affect each other.


 Course 7

Name of the course: Beyond the Ballot: Women’s Rights and Suffrage from 1866 to Today

Presented by: Royal Holloway, University of London

Course duration: 3 weeks

Course cost:  Free course with USD 59 certification fee

Course description:  This course explores the structures that prevented the extension of voting rights to women, the campaign for women’s rights to vote in the nineteenth century and its impact on legal, social and economic frameworks around the world. It is intended for anyone with an interest in nineteenth and twentieth century history, specifically the history of women’s right to vote and how the suffrage movements in Europe shaped the course of women’s rights movements across the globe.


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