Health & Sexual Violence in Humanitarian Settings


Thematic Seminar: Sexual Violence in Conflict Settings and Emergencies
Bukavu, Panzi hospital. Women victims of sexual violence await consultation with a psychologist © CICR / LEMBRYK, Wojtek

Next sessions:

November 25- 29, 2019, ENTEBBE, UGANDA

March 16-20, 2020, GENEVA

We are pleased to announce the 2019 dates for CERAH's much in demand short course on sexual violence in conflicts and emergencies. Combining cutting-edge research and practical experience from experts in the field, the course is tailored to emergency program managers, and one of the few courses to address male and female survivors of sexual violence. Participants in the Uganda session meet with activists from the Refugee Law Project to hear about their experiences first-hand. 

Course Objectives

Sexual violence is widespread in conflicts and emergencies, and can do lasting harm to men, women, children, LGBT people, persons with disabilities, and other vulnerable groups. Developed with expert input from ICRC, MSF, UNHCR, UNFPA, Physicians for Human Rights and Handicap International, CERAH's intensive one-week course gives emergency program managers the critical analysis and practical tools they need to design, implement and evaluate multidisciplinary programs to prevent and respond to sexual violence. Once a year, the course is offered in Uganda, where course participants meet and hear from community groups about their needs. 

Topics covered include:

  • The survivor-centered approach
  • Situation analysis: ethics and methods of data-gathering
  • Sexual violence against men and boys
  • Medical care
  • Policy and practice: pregnancy as a result of rape
  • Mental health care and psychosocial support
  • Access to justice
  • Community engagement
  • Prevention: How do we know what works?
  • Monitoring and evaluation


2 ECTS recognized by the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID).


Mid-level and senior-level managers with experience or plans to work in conflict and emergency settings. Prerequisites for the course are a university bachelor's degree (or equivalent), and at least 3 years of professional experience.