Course on I Know Gender 1-2-3: Gender Concepts to get Started; International Frameworks for Gender Equality; & Promoting Gender Equality
UN Women Training Centre


I Know Gender 1-2-3: Gender Concepts to get Started; International Frameworks for Gender Equality; and Promoting Gender Equality throughout the UN System

About the Organization:

Training for gender equality is an essential component for UN Women’s commitment to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment. Their vision is to become the leading UN centre that contributes, through training for gender equality, to building a society that respects and promotes human rights for all women and men. The Training Centre is dedicated to supporting the UN and other stakeholders to realize commitments to gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s rights through transformative training and learning.


This course aims to develop and/or strengthen awareness and understanding of gender equality and women’s empowerment as a first step towards behavioral change and the integration of a gender perspective into everyday work for all UN staff at headquarters, regional and country levels. It 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.


Three core modules provide a common denominator for all UN system staff:

  • 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. Optional thematic modules can be accessed after the user completes the core modules. Some of these were developed in collaboration with partner agencies as identified below:

  • Women´s economic empowerment (UN Women)

  • Women’s leadership and decision-making (UN Women)

  • Violence against women and girls (UN Women)

  • Gender equality in the world of work (ILO)

  • Gender equality and education (UNESCO)

  • Sexual and reproductive health and rights (UNFPA)

  • Gender equality in emergencies (WFP)

  • Women, peace and security (UN Women)

  • Sexual and gender diversity and human rights (OHCHR and UNAIDS)

  • Trade and Gender Equality

Upcoming thematic modules include:

  • Gender Equality and Volunteerism (UNV)

  • Gender Equality and Migration (OIM)

  • Gender and Sustainable Industrial Development (UNIDO)

To ensure knowledge on gender issues is translated from theory to practice, I Know Gender: How-To Series has been developed. The series includes the following modules:

  • Gender Equality Markers (UN Women)

  • Gender Equality and Sustainable Project Management (UNOPS)

IT Requirements: The latest pdf adobe version and flash version 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 set of headphones or speakers as the course includes audio throughout the entire course.

Audience: All UN System staff and others who are interested to learn about gender issues

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