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Sexual Violence in Conflict Settings and Emergencies

Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies
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The overall objective of this executive short course is to provide humanitarian mid-level and senior managers the knowledge, competencies and skills required to conceive and operationalise a multidisciplinary approach to prevention and response of sexual violence in conflict and emergency settings. The course is delivered in partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Médecins sans Frontières (MSF), Refugee Law Project, UNHCR, and independent human rights experts.

Objectives of the course

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:
• Understand the key concepts and basic issues underpinning all forms of sexual violence in conflict and emergency settings
• Conceive an intervention centred on sexual violence victims/survivors’ rights, needs and wishes
• Design activities contributing to sexual violence prevention and risk mitigation.


Around 50 hours of work for the whole course, including:

• Approximately 20 hours of face-to-face teaching (lectures, debate, group work)
• Approximately 30 hours of self-study time (pre-readings, reflexive analysis, case study)

A 3-5-page essay for the participants who would like to earn the 2 credits ECTS

Structure of the course

  • Core concepts and introduction to a Survivor-Centered Approach

  • Ethics and Methods of Data Gathering

  • Sexual Violence Against Men and Boys

  • Medical Care

  • Mental Health and Psychosocial Support

  • Access to Justice

  • Prevention and Risk Mitigation

Fee information

Course fees are 1,500 CHF. This does not cover living or travel costs.

How to Register

Information on how to enroll can be found at