Gender and Research

Welcome to the UNU eLearning Campus!

The UNU eLearning Campus is a global and innovative online platform for training for gender equality. It is open to everybody interested in using training or learning as a means to advance gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s rights.

Via this platform, we seek to create a productive and accessible learning environment on gender equality and women’s empowerment for all users. The overall learning, teaching and knowledge sharing is enriched among learners, facilitators, and wider institutional stakeholders through the use of technology, diverse e-learning modalities, and innovative pedagogical techniques. The Campus offers a flexible learning experience that meets the demand of a diverse and global audience and allows for continuous acquirement of skills and knowledge.

We are committed to delivering high quality training for gender equality by offering a diverse range of self-paced, moderated, blended and face-to-face courses, tools and services.

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About this Course


This course provides an introduction to the concepts, international framework, and methods for working toward gender equality and women’s empowerment. It also offers users the opportunity to make links between gender and specific thematic areas such as work; education; political participation; emergencies; peace and security; sexual and reproductive health; sexual and gender diversity and human rights; and violence against women.



The course consists of two introductory and two core modules.

Two introductory modules provide a common denominator for all UNU system staff by enabling them to get acquainted with:  

  • Gender concepts to get started;
  • International frameworks for gender equality; and
  • Promoting gender equality throughout the system. This module includes an introduction to the UN gender architecture and strategies to address the challenges to advancing gender equality and the empowerment of women.

The third and fourth core modules aim to improve individual and institutional competences to mainstream gender into the different sectoral areas and throughout the different stages of the development of any policy/programme/project. Understanding how to design, plan, implement, monitor and evaluate policies from a gender perspective will strengthen UNU policies, increasing their societal relevance and responsiveness.



Approximately 1 hours for the 2 introductory modules and 1 hour for 2 core modules required to receive the course certificate. Users may move through the optional thematic modules at their own pace.


All UNY System staff and others who are interested to learn about gender issues


Partner agencies which contributed optional thematic modules for the course include: ITC-ILO, OHCHR, UNAIDS, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNV, WFP. Additionally, the following agencies participated in the peer review where consensus was reached on core modules and content: ESCWA, FAO, IAEA, IFAD, IOM, ITC-ILO, OHCHR, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNICEF.

IT Requirement

A Portable Document Format (PDF) viewer and Flash software is needed in order to view the course. Please note that the course will open in a separate pop-up window, therefore please ensure that pop-up blockers are de-activated. The participant will need a set of headphones or speakers as the course includes audio throughout the entire course.

Module 1: Gender Concepts to get Started

Module content

Module 2: International Frameworks of Gender Equality

Module content

Module 3: Promoting Gender Equality throughout the UNU system

Module content

Module 4: integrating Gender Mainstreaming into Policy Research and Programming Work

Gender Equality in Academia and Research

Gender Mainstreaming in Programming Work