Online course

Understanding Violence Against Women: Myths and Realities

Learn how to challenge attitudes that lead to violence against women and develop your knowledge of this human rights issue.

Understanding Violence Against Women: Myths and Realities

Be part of a movement to end violence against women

The United Nations considers violence against women to be a grave violation of human rights of epidemic proportions.

Such violence has profoundly negative consequences for individuals, communities and entire societies. This is why violence against women is a priority issue for governments and societies around the world.

On this course you will learn about the roots of violence against women, the principles of gender inequality at its centre and most importantly, how to challenge entrenched attitudes that impact women the world over.

Join the movement to end violence against women today.

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Skip to 1 minute and 38 secondsOn this course, you will learn how to challenge the values and attitudes which underpin violence against women and human rights abuses that women face every day simply because they are women.

What topics will you cover?

  • Key concepts – Gender, Power and Violence
  • Defining and explaining Violence Against Women
  • Impact of Violence Against Women from a range of perspectives
  • Media and Cultural representations of Violence Against Women
  • Public and Professional responses to Violence Against Women
  • Preventing Violence Against Women – national and international approaches

When would you like to start?

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  • Available now
    This course started 4 February 2019

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • A deeper understanding of the origins and concepts of Violence Against Women in private and public life as currently defined
  • A developed awareness of the nature and extent of Violence Against Women in private and public life
  • A critical approach to societal views, attitudes and responses to Violence Against Women
  • An informed understanding of the impact of Violence Against Women on individuals, families and communities
  • An awareness of examples of good practice and strategies for preventing Violence Against Women

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone interested in challenging violence against women, you don’t need any prior experience of the topic.

Who will you learn with?

Anni Donaldson

I am a Knowledge Exchange Fellow at the University of Strathclyde focussing on domestic abuse and violence against women research, teaching and practice development. I am also a writer and journalist

Roisin McGoldrick

I'm a teaching fellow at Strathclyde University and also a registered social worker.

Who developed the course?

The University of Strathclyde is a leading international technological university located in Glasgow, Scotland’s biggest city, commited to useful learning.

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