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

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.

The Summer School, which is supported by Irish Aid, will be an intensive and blended 4-week course and will take place online (2 weeks) and in-person at UCD (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.

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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, Irish Consortium on Gender-Based Violence (ICGBV) 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.”

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The International Summer School on Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies is a collaborative project, 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 later this month and further information will be available via


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For further information contact Micéal Whelan, Public Affairs Manager, UCD Research and Innovation, e:, t: +353 1 716 4003 or Hannah Collins, UCD Centre for Humanitarian Action, e:

Editors Notes

International Summer School on Gender-based Violence in Emergencies (GBViE) is being supported by funding from Irish Aid, the Irish Government’s programme for overseas development.

The University College Dublin Centre for Humanitarian Action (CHA) is a multi-disciplinary research and teaching platform focused on international humanitarian action: actions aimed at saving and preserving life, preventing and alleviating human suffering, and supporting life with dignity for those affected by man-made and natural disasters.  

The Irish Consortium on Gender Based Violence was established in 2005 and is an Irish based alliance of International human rights, humanitarian and development organisations, including International NGO’s, Irish Aid and The Irish Defence Forces, working together to increase knowledge and understanding of violence against women and girls, and to ensure high quality programming and policy responses, in Humanitarian and Development settings and to build leadership to support a shared vision of a world free from gender based violence.