Gender matters / L'importance du genre / Cuestiones de género

Training
from UN Institute for Training and Research
Ongoing course More Information

Gender Matters is a free, self-paced course meant to provide an introduction to the concept of gender.

This course offers various lenses through which you can look at the complex concept of gender and the inequalities that exist in your environment. Topics covered include defining gender as socially embedded descriptions of key gender-related terms, distinguishing between different conceptualizations of gender and identifying sources of gender inequality in their environment.

Objective

The course offers various lenses through which you can look at the complex concept of gender and the inequalities that exist in your environment.

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

  • Define gender as socially embedded;
  • Describe key gender-related terms;
  • Distinguish between different conceptualizations of gender;
  • Identify sources of gender inequality in their environment.

Content and Structure

The course is composed of eight sections:

• Section 1: Defining gender

• Section 2: Gender vs. sex

• Section 3: Gender as a social construct

• Section 4: Gender as order

• Section 5: Gender as power hierarchy

• Section 6: Gender as shared identity

• Section 7: Gender stereotypes

• Section 8: Masculinities

• Section 9: The UN approach to gender

The average work time is estimated at 2 hours.

Target audience

Primary audience: The course is designed for anyone who has an interest in the concept of gender and gender equality.

Secondary audience: The course is geared towards anyone who wishes to garner a baggage of basic knowledge to then pursue more advanced courses in conflictology, notably UNITAR’s master degree in Conflictology.