2nd Online Course on Integrating Gender perspectives into International Operations, Armed Conflicts and other Crisis Scenarios

Online, 23 October – 17 November 2023

Proficiency in English is required to attend the course. Simultaneous translation will not be provided.


The increasing number of gender-related crimes committed against vulnerable categories of people, particularly women, boys and girls, during armed conflicts and other humanitarian crises certainly underlines the need for a deeper dissemination and understanding of the existing IHL and international human rights law provisions which regulates such scenarios.

Those figures, moreover, do not refer exclusively to unlawful acts perpetrated by members of armed groups in armed conflict or other non-state actors but, on the contrary, report also about violations by personnel of regular armed forces, law enforcement, and other international actors. In order to provide victims with an adequate level of protection, both in terms of prevention of gender-based violence (GBV) and accountability/prosecution of the perpetrators, it is fundamental to raise awareness on the relevant international rules among different practitioners and stakeholders.

Structure of the course

The Special Projects Department of the Institute organises this course in collaboration with the OSCE, Gender Issues Programme, in the office of the OSCE Secretary-General.

The course is designed to address the most topical gender-related issues currently affecting humanitarian crises worldwide, such as the importance of Gender MainstreamingSexual Exploitation and Abuse; Conflict-related Sexual ViolenceTrafficking in Human Beings, Smuggling of Migrants and Gender Perspective; Gender and Terrorism; Gender-related Risks of Detention; and Women’s Engagement in Peace Processes.

Overall objective and methodology

The main objective of the course is to provide participants with the legal knowledge and key analytical tools necessary to comply with and apply the existing international rules governing international operations and other complex scenarios. The course also aims at promoting the use of the “Sanremo Handbook on Gender” as a reference manual for military, civilian and humanitarian practitioners deployed in the field.

The programme will integrate both synchronous and asynchronous activities, with self-evaluation contents and practical case studies to be addressed by the participants. Attendees will have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the subject through self-paced sub-curricula and live interactions with high-level facilitators, accurately selected by the Institute.

Exercises and case studies will be mainly focused on the real-life application of the existing international provisions, also offering the opportunity to study the best practices implemented on the ground by the most relevant international organisations, NGOs and other actors.

Considering the specialised nature of this training programme, participants are invited to download and review the Handbook on integrating gender perspectives into international operations before the beginning of the course, by visiting the “Publications” section on the IIHL website.

Target audience

The course is mainly addressed to military personnel and civilian legal advisors, law enforcement officers and UN professionals active in the field and within international operations. Other practitioners engaged in such operations on behalf of international and non-international organisations are invited to attend.

Administrative information

Participation fee is €750.

It must be remitted before the start of the Course by bank transfer. Visa and/or Mastercard are also accepted on the website of the Institute.

Queries on the Course registration and administrative questions should be directed to edoardo.gimigliano@iihl.org.

Registration deadline: 15th October 2023