International Summer School on Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies Announced at University College Dublin

Dublin, Ireland 8 March 2018, On International Women’s Day 2018 University College Dublin’s (UCD) Centre for Humanitarian Action has announced that the inaugural International Summer School on Gender-based Violence in Emergencies (GBViE) will be held at the University in June 2018.

The Summer School, which is supported by Irish Aid and which will commence in June, will be an intensive and blended 4-week learning course taking place online (2 weeks) and in-person (2 weeks). The aim of the Summer School is to deepen the capacity and to develop the skills, confidence, and know-how of participants to support their work in the area of GBViE prevention, mitigation and response.

Hannah Collins, Research Co-ordinator, UCD Centre for Humanitarian Action and Manager of the Summer School said, “Gender-based violence (GBV) is a universal and wide-spread problem and vulnerability to GBV increases in humanitarian settings. It is estimated that 35 per cent of women worldwide have experienced intimate partner violence or sexual violence by a non-partner in the course of their lifetime and elimination of all forms of violence against all women and girls is a key goal of the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) agenda.

She added, “There is growing understanding that GBV response and prevention is lifesaving and all humanitarian actors are responsible and obligated to act to prevent and mitigate GBV. However, even where there is willingness to work on addressing GBV in emergencies there is frequently a lack of capacity at international and national level.

Dominic MacSorley, Chairperson of the Irish Consortium on Gender Based Violence said, "On International Women's Day we celebrate the undeniable progress that has been made in recent decades in advancing the struggle for gender equality. However, gender based violence remains a uniquely global scourge present in all corners of the world."

"Populations affected by conflict, humanitarian emergencies and displacement are particularly at risk. Therefore, it is essential that front line humanitarian workers are equipped with the knowledge, skills and confidence to prevent and respond to gender based violence. This is the aim of the inaugural International Summer School at UCD, that is being rolled out in partnership with ICGBV and supported by Irish Aid."

The International Summer School on Gender-based Violence in Emergencies is guided by a Programme Board, co-chaired by the UCD Centre for Humanitarian Action and the Irish Consortium on Gender-Based Violence. The Board also includes representatives from the Gender-based Violence Area of Responsibility, the Institute of Anthropology, Gender and African Studies, University of Nairobi, the International Rescue Committee, Raising Voices, and the Secretariat of the Network on Humanitarian Action.

Registration for the Summer School will be open in late March and further information will be available via the UCD Centre for Humanitarian Action website


Related links

The Irish Consortium on Gender Based Violence

Irish Aid