Sexual Violence in Conflict Settings and Emergencies – 2018 courses


Mogi Wokorach, Refugee Law Project

I’m pleased to share the 2018 dates for Geneva Center for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action (CERAH)’s much-in-demand short courses on sexual violence in conflicts and emergencies. I coordinate the courses, with speakers from the Red Cross, Médécins Sans Frontières, UN and more.

Combining cutting-edge research and practical experience from experts in the field, the course is tailored to emergency program managers, and one of the few courses to address male and female survivors of sexual violence. Participants in the Uganda session meet with activists from the Refugee Law Project to hear about their experiences first-hand.

  • March 19-23, 2018, in Geneva
  • September 10-14, in Geneva
  • November 25-30, in Uganda

About the course:  Sexual violence is widespread in conflicts and emergencies, and can do lasting harm to men, women, children, LGBT people, persons with disabilities, and other vulnerable groups. Developed with expert input from ICRC, MSF, UNHCR, UNFPA, Physicians for Human Rights and Handicap International, CERAH’s intensive one-week course gives emergency program managers the critical analysis and practical tools they need to design, implement and evaluate multidisciplinary programs to prevent and respond to sexual violence. Once a year, the course is offered in Uganda, where course participants meet and hear from community groups about their needs.


Topics covered include:

  • The survivor-centered approach
  • Situation analysis: ethics and methods of data-gathering
  • Sexual violence against men and boys
  • Medical care
  • Policy and practice: pregnancy as a result of rape
  • Mental health care and psychosocial support
  • Access to justice
  • Community engagement
  • Prevention: How do we know what works?
  • Monitoring and evaluation
fullsizeoutput_bf0Academic credits 2 ECTS, recognized by the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute (IHEID).

Registration: Registration fee is 1,500 CHF, payable upon registration. For the Uganda session, all-inclusive accommodation and meals for five nights are 400 CHF (single room) or 300 CHF (shared room).

Participants: Mid-level and senior-level managers with experience or plans to work in conflict and emergency settings. Prerequisites for the course are a university bachelor’s degree (or equivalent), and at least 3 years of professional experience.

For more information or to apply: Please enroll online here, or contact
About CERAH – CERAH is a joint Centre of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) and the University of Geneva (UNIGE) – a unique and innovative academic platform for humanitarian action.

CERAH offers post-graduate dual degrees through IHEID- UNIGE (Master, Diploma and Certificate of Advanced Studies) for humanitarian professionals, as well as short thematic courses. CERAH’s programmes are tailored for humanitarian professionals. They focus on providing professionals with in-depth understanding of both conceptual and operational questions in humanitarian action: a rich community of students, mainly from countries affected by humanitarian crises.

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