Advancing Women’s Leadership in Conflict Transformation, Peacebuilding and Community Development

Advancing Women’s Leadership in Conflict Transformation, Peacebuilding and Community Development

January 13 – March 1, 2020

Application Closed

This online course, for women, is designed to advance understandings of conflict, security and peace for women’s leadership in community and societal change. Explicit emphasis is put on women’s experiences, roles, knowledge, opportunities, and barriers in security, conflict transformation and peace building, particularly in community and organizational spaces. Using a gender analysis framework this course focuses on the questions: how do gender stereotypes inform approaches to conflict, security and peace work; what do conflict, security and peace mean for women; and, how can women advance their agendas for peace?  Drawing from key theories and real-life examples, participants will engage in reflective peace and conflict practice and analysis.  Participants will have opportunities to engage in conflict transformation and peace practices, such as nonviolent communication, mediation, and facilitation, as well as conflict and peace mapping and strategizing. Attention will be given to conflict, security, conflict transformation and peace as contextual, individual, collective and historical experiences and relevant possibilities for community development and cultures of peace.

Personal Benefits

By the end of course, participants can expect:

  • Greater self-awareness regarding beliefs and behaviours regarding conflict, conflict transformation and peace;
  • Strengthened understanding of theories of knowledge of conflict, peace, and women’s peacebuilding from complimentary and diverse fields/contexts;
  • Increased understanding of women’s experiences, knowledge, practices and possibilities in conflict transformation and peace building;
  • Identify and implement strategies for conflict and peace mapping; and,
  • Network with peers/women keen to engage in constructive conflict transformation

Learning Objectives of the Course:

  • Examine individual and societal beliefs about conflict and peace;
  • Explore current theories in conflict transformation, peacebuilding, and women, peace and security;
  • Examine women’s leadership opportunities and challenges in conflict and peace work;
  • Build practical analytical knowledge for fostering and building peace in organizations and community for women leaders; and,
  • Develop skills to constructively address conflict and foster peace building.

Time requirement

8 hours per week, approximately, over 7 weeks.

Technology requirements

Reliable internet access (high speed is best), speakers and microphone.

What is the online learning experience

As a blended model of delivery, participants will have the opportunity to engage in learning activities mainly through asynchronous discussion forums via Moodle and also through live discussion via Blackboard Collaborate. Each week, participants will engage online in small and whole group forums when it best fits their schedules. Once a week, there will be a one-hour session in Blackboard Collaborate where participants will gather for a real-time, facilitated discussion with peers and the course facilitator. If unable to attend the live session, participants will be expected to download the recording and to engage in follow-up conversation on the session topic in the asynchronous forum before the end of the week. Course readings can also be downloaded to read offline. Participants are expected to engage with their peers in the online space at least two or three times a week and to complete course assignments on time.

Please note that Coady International Institute does not accept third party applications. Individuals need to submit their application via Coady’s website and should use caution when approached by those offering services to complete the application and admissions process.



This is an online course. You will need a computer, reliable internet access (high speed is best), speakers and microphone.