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Offer: Online Course: Measurement of VAW through statistical surveys

The e-course on Measurement of violence against women through statistical surveys will be delivered by the Division for Gender Affairs and the Latin American Institute of Economic and Social Planning (ILPES) of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) from 3 October 2011 to 26 November. Deadline to register: September 15 2011.

Course Objective

To install sustainable technical capacities at country level to measure violence against women in line with the indicators recommended by the United Nations Statistical Commission with a view to monitor and evaluate the effect of policies, legislations, plans and programmes to eradicate this kind of violence.

Learning Objectives

The e-course concentrates on the topic of measuring Violence against women through statistical surveys and how this type of survey is different from other surveys. It is thus not meant to give in-depth knowledge of general principles of doing a survey, such as sampling, calculations of sampling weights, data analysis, etc. At the end of this course the student will reliably demonstrate the following knowledge and skills:

Conceptual understanding of pervasiveness of violence against women, its characteristics, causes and impact on women, children and society.
Understanding of the role of international mandates on VAW.
Understanding of use and limitations of different sources of statistics on VAW and the specific roles of statistical surveys.
Understanding of the UN core indicators for VAW and their components.
Understanding of the role and features of the UNECE module to measure VAW in the estimation of the UN indicators.
Understanding that a dedicated survey on VAW is the gold standard to collect data on VAW, when conducted with full consideration of ethical and safety recommendations.
Understanding of the importance and use of the World Health Organization (WHO) ethical and safety recommendations in survey planning and implementation.
Understanding of specific activities needed in organization and implementation of a VAW survey.
Understanding of the way to compute the UN VAW indicators from the data collected with the UNECE module.
Understanding of the importance of institutional actors and other stakeholders that should be involved in the planning of the survey, interpretation, dissemination and use of the results.

Delivery methodology

The regional courses will be carried out in the modality of e-learning through the online Moodle platform ( The students will have to follow a series of lessons, participate in online forums and carry out one or more exercises related to each thematic module. At the end of each module, they will be required to either complete a quiz or an assignment, in addition to carry out a final project. Some activities will offer participants the opportunity to study the situation of their own country.


Five regional e-learning courses are organized by the Division for Gender Affairs and the Latin American Institute of Economic and Social Planning of ECLAC and have been prepared in collaboration with the five United Nations Regional Commissions in the framework of the interregional project "Enhancing capacities to eradicate violence against women through networking of local knowledge communities". They will be carried out in the same period of time in the regions of Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean and West Asia from 3 October to 26 November 2011

Deadline for application and financing

All persons interested in applying should complete the application form which is available at SIGCA, the integrated system of management and training of ILPES (SIGCA). Applicants will first need to register on SIGCA and then apply for the course: “Measurement of violence against women through statistical surveys” Applications will be accepted until c.o.b on Thursday, 15 September 2011. Applications received after that date will not be considered in the selection process.Those who pass the course will receive a Certificate of Achievement issued by ECLAC/ILPES. The cost of the course is US$ 300 (three hundred US Dollars) per student. Payment should be made prior to the start of the course through a bank transfer or by credit card.

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