Free Online Courses on Gender-Based Violence

In 2022, fighting gender-based violence (GBV) became one of the IGC's priorities. A new Pledge was launched to stand up for zero tolerance of GBV, sexist attitudes and behaviour, as a network-wide commitment for Champions to tackle one of the biggest obstacles to the realisation of equal rights for women and girls.

To help you understand and address GBV in all of its forms, the IGC Secretariat has listed for you almost 30 free self-paced online courses related to GBV. Expand your knowledge of different types of violence, sectors and levels, and discover levers of action.

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Domestic Violence, Justice and Law

The Council of Europe Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP) programme and the Council of Europe Violence against Women Division developed this free online course on "Violence against Women and Domestic Violence" for legal professionals, law enforcement, CSOs, media and other professionals working in the field of GBV.

This course takes approximately 12 hours to complete and is available in multiple languages.

Domestic Violence, Justice and Law

Le programme européen de formation aux droits de l’homme pour les professionnels du droit (HELP) ainsi que la Division de la Violence contre les femmes du Conseil de l'Europe ont créé ce cours en ligne gratuit sur la "Violence à l'égard des femmes et la violence domestique" destiné aux professionnels du droit, aux forces de l'ordre, aux organisations de la société civile, aux médias et aux autres professionnels travaillant dans le domaine des violences à l'égard des femmes.

Il vous faudra environ 12 heures pour compléter ce cours.

GBV, Gender equality

UN Women created this free online course "I Know Gender", a series of 15 modules introducing the concepts, framework, and methods for working towards gender equality and women's empowerment and developing links between gender and specific thematic areas.

Each module takes approximately 50 minutes to complete and the course is available in English, French, and Spanish.

GBV, Gender equality, Policy

Developed by UN Women, this online course on "Understanding Violence Against Women and Girls" provides you with knowledge of the drivers, extent and impact of gender-based violence. It also provides evidence-based guidance for policy-makers and stakeholders to better understand how to prevent it from occurring and how to respond to it.

This course takes approximately 50 minutes to complete.

GBV, Policymaking, Health, Justice and Law, Social Services

UN Women created this free online training to outline the "Essential Services Package for Women and Girls Subject to Violence: Core Elements and Quality Guidelines" launched in 2015 by several UN bodies. These Guidelines aim to support countries as they work to design, implement and review services for survivors of gender-based violence in the health, justice, policing and social sectors.

This course takes approximately 50 minutes to complete.

GBV, Surviving GBV, Health, Social Services

ABAAD - Resource Center for Gender Equality developed this free online training on gender equality and comprehensive care for survivors of gender-based violence.

The course consists of six modules and is open to social workers, rights activists, and anybody seeking to advance gender equality and/or provide support or referral to survivors of GBV.

GBV, Health

This free online course was developed by Johns Hopkins University to provide knowledge about how the World Health Organization is tackling gender-based violence. This training is intended for healthcare professionals and provides them with an introduction to the global epidemiology of GBV, health outcomes, seminal research, and clinical best practices for GBV prevention, support, and management.

This course is divided into four weeks and takes approximately 22 hours to complete. Subtitles are available in French, Portuguese, Russian, English and Spanish.

Forced Marriages, Health, Education, Social Services, Law and Justice

This safeguarding course has been designed by the Forced Marriage Unit of the UK Foreign Office and seeks to raise awareness, challenge perceptions and inform professionals of the right actions to take should they suspect someone is at risk.

This training takes between 2 and 3 hours to complete and is intended for child protection services, health professionals, education professionals, law enforcement, social workers and housing authorities.

FGM, Health, Law Enforcement, Social Services, Migration

The UK Home Office initiated this safeguarding course to help frontline staff in healthcare, law enforcement, border force and social workers identify and assist girls at risk of FGM.

This course takes between 1 and 2 hours to complete.

Domestic Violence, Law Enforcement, Social Services, Law and Justice, GBV at Work

This course developed by the University of Glasgow is for anyone seeking to know more about intimate partner violence and abuse (IPVA) or impacted by it, such as law enforcement, support workers, legal professionals and human resources. Topics covered include IPVA's pervasiveness, its drivers, how to recognise it and how to support victims.

Access to the course is limited to 4 weeks and it takes about 4 hours per week to complete.

GBV, Norms

The University of Strathclyde Glasgow created this online course to share how to challenge attitudes that lead to gender-based violence and develop knowledge of this critical issue.

This course is for anyone interested in the topic lasts 6 weeks and takes about 2 hours per week to complete.

GBV, Migration, Health, Social Services

This online course by Terre des Hommes was designed within the framework of the BRIDGE project, for professionals who encounter young migrants and refugees.

The course takes about 1 hour to complete and seeks to build knowledge and capacity to prevent, identify and respond to GBV.

Domestic Violence, Social Services, Health, Education, Law and Justice

This course was developed by the Swedish National Centre for Knowledge on Men's Violence Against Women. It is cross-disciplinary and provides an introduction to men's violence against women and violence in close relationships.

The training takes 2-3 hours to complete and targets staff working in social care, healthcare, education or law.

GBV at Work

UNICEF developed this online training to provide guidance on the United Nations' policy and procedures related to harassment in the working environment.

In approximately 2 hours, participants will learn how to identify, prevent, and manage problems of harassment and abuse of authority in the workplace and how to build the appropriate communication skills and strategies to achieve that goal.

FGM, Norms, NGOs

UNICEF's course on "Gender-Transformative Approaches to Eliminate Female Genital Mutilation" aims to provide training on gender-transformative knowledge, strategies, and programming to eliminate FGM, raise awareness of harmful gender norms and share information about the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme to Eliminate FGM.

This training takes 30 minutes to complete and is unlocked once these 2 courses are done:

GBV, Health, Domestic Violence, Migration, War, GBV at Work

This course by the Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences provides an overview of women's health and human rights and focuses on critical issues that include violence in the home, in war and refugee circumstances, harassment, discrimination, sex trafficking or reproductive health.

The course lasts 10 weeks and takes 1 to 5 hours per week to complete.

GBV, Surviving GBV, Health

Designed for healthcare professionals who already have some training and experience in GBV management, this online class by the International Rescue Committee provides guidance on understanding the factors and consequences of sexual violence, and how to help survivors with follow-up care.

It takes about 10 minutes to complete.

GBV, Surviving GBV, Migration, NGOs, Procedures

This online class developed by the International Organization for Migration seeks to train humanitarian professionals, field staff, and programme managers who are in direct contact with populations in emergency settings on how to respond safely and ethically to gender-based violence disclosures.

The course can be completed in 10 minutes.

GBV, GBV at Work, NGOs, Procedures

Mercy Corps developed this online training for anyone providing safeguarding training and talking about appropriate behaviour in humanitarian and development settings with internal staff and external partners. This course provides guidance on using communication tactics to encourage understanding, reinforce a zero-tolerance approach to sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment and create a safe space for dialogue.

It takes an hour to complete.

GBV, Surviving GBV, GBV at Work, NGOs, Procedures, Policy

This course provides guidance for humanitarian organisations to establish policies and procedures to effectively manage and respond to incidents of sexual violence involving staff.

It takes 10 minutes to complete this training.

GBV, GBV at Work, NGOs, Procedures

This course has been designed by UNHCR. It seeks to help UN partners and other partners engaged in different functions with Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in humanitarian settings, by increasing their knowledge of the investigative process and the applicable standards and principles.

This course can be completed in 5 hours approximately.

GBV, GBV at Work, NGOs, Procedures

This online class by Interaction teaches the steps organisations to take to address Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA). It trains participants on what SEA is, the international standards endorsed by US non-governmental organisations, and the steps agencies take to prevent and respond to incidents of SEA.

This course takes 25 minutes to complete.

GBV, GBV at Work, NGOs, Procedures

InterAction developed this course which covers the core elements - operating standards, frameworks, monitoring and evaluation approaches to policies and procedures - all humanitarian organisations should implement to prevent and respond to the Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) of beneficiaries.

This training can be completed in 35 minutes.

GBV, Surviving GBV, GBV at Work, NGOs, Procedures

This course was designed by Insecurity Insight for staff working for local and international relief and development organisations, aid agencies, or non-profit organisations, who are survivors of sexual violence and abuse or witnesses. The training provides guidance to help these individuals find the help they need, including medical care, psycho-social support, accountability, and legal justice.

This course takes 10 minutes to be completed.

GBV, GBV at Work, Procedures

This online course designed by InterAction will teach participants the benefits of codes of conduct, adequate staff training and supervision, and confidential complaints mechanisms. Participants will learn to create a culture of safety in their organisations and communities and the mechanisms for managing an investigation.

This course can be completed in an hour.

GBV, Norms, FGM, Forced Marriages

UNICEF and the University of Pennsylvania developed this course that tackles social norms and the specific behaviours they create. It teaches how to measure social norms and the expectations that support them and addresses specific harmful situations such as female genital mutilation or forced marriage.

This course lasts approximately 13 hours and has subtitles available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Turkish and Vietnamese.


SDG Academy was created by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. The Academy developed this online training on "Human Rights, Human Wrongs" which explores how we can ensure human rights for everyone, from women to children and indigenous people. Module 7 tackles the question of Gendered Rights and Violence, while module 9 partly addresses the case of Female Genital Mutilations.

In total, this course is spread over 11 weeks and requires 2-4 hours of studying per week.

GBV, Surviving GBV

Ce MOOC développé par l'Université Paris Descartes, le Centre Virchow-Villermé et Aneo dure 8 semaines et aborde la question des violences faites aux femmes.

Il a pour objectif de donner des informations sur les situations, conséquences et modalités de prise en charge des victimes, ainsi que de leur prise en charge. Il donne également des pistes pour prévenir ces violences.