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“Understanding Masculinities – Engaging Men and Boys towards Gender Equality: An Online Training” is a four-week online course being implemented from April 15 to May 15, 2017.

Training Objectives: The following are the overall training objectives, thus –

  1. to create a deeper understanding and engagement with issues of men and masculinities;
  2. to increase critical understanding of tools, methods and theories to formulate violence prevention programs; and,
  3. to provide expert knowledge on masculinities, violence and gender through historical, economic and social processes.

Modules: This training consists of four(4) modules, namely:

  1. Understanding Masculinities
  2. Sexualities and Masculinities
  3. Violence and Masculinities
  4. Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights(SRHR) and Masculinities.

The modules have been developed by Resource Persons, namely: Dr Abhijit Das (Module 1: Understanding Masculinities and Module 4: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights(SRHR) and Masculinities), Shannon Philip (Module 2: Sexualities and Masculinities) and Josefina YF Oraa (Module 3: Violence and Masculinities). with inputs from Satish Kumar Singh, Additional Director – CHSJ and Aapurv Jain, Research Assistant. The draft modules were peer reviewed by the Mentors and their inputs incorporated in the final course materials.As a disclaimer, the treatment of the subject, examples and analyses provided in the modules are entirely the ideas of the Resource Persons and not necessarily representative of CHSJ’s.

Each module will introduce concepts, provide discussions and analyses on issues and look into the application of concepts to varied contexts across South Asia. Exercises and reflective sessions will be provided to help participants introspect on issues, locate themselves in given situations, and address their concerns. Issues will be presented through discussions, testimonials, videos, articles from various sources, etc. Every module will also include assignments that participants have to complete and submit for review by the Mentors.

Other Training Contents: Resources in the form of reading materials, videos and films have been put together in a Resource Bank for additional learning and reference by the Participants. A compilation of Concepts is likewise available and maybe downloaded in PDF format to allow easy reference by Participants. Links to international instruments are also available for reference purposes.

Mentors: Mentorship is a special feature that this training provides. Every Participant will be assigned a Mentor for the duration of the course (please see the chart of Mentors and Participants). Mentors have been drawn from the academia and the development sector, and are considered experts in their own rights.

Mentors shall monitor the progress and assignment submissions of their assigned Participants. They will review their assigned Participants’ completed assignments and Participants will receive the Mentor’s feedback on their assignments by way of email. As a disclaimer, the opinions and ideas provided by the Mentors are entirely theirs and in no way reflect and represent those of CHSJ’s.

Timeline: The training will provide one(1) module a week over four(4) weeks as well as  other relevant resources for use and ready reference by the Participants between April 15 to May 15, 2017. An extension of 15 days maximum, on request, may be given to a Participant to compensate for delay and facilitate completion of the course.

The modules will be given in chronological order, with successive modules building on the earlier one/s. Participants have to complete each topic in the order given in the module, and finish the module assigned for the week before being able to proceed to the next module. Participants, however, can revisit earlier topics and modules as they may require. Yet, assignments may only be completed once.

The training requires approximately twenty-four(24) hours to complete over four(4) weeks at approximately six(6) hours per module/per week from each Participants. Indicative dates for various tasks are shown below although dates for the modules are fixed. Adjustments in the dates, if any, in the course of the training shall be accordingly announced.

As Participants are spread across locations, CHSJ is cognizant of the different time zones that Participants are in. For practical purposes, India time will be used as the reference point for this online training.


Training Requirements and Coursework


Start of Training and Registration, Familiarisation with the Platform, Background and Overview

April 15, 2017

Module 1: Understanding Masculinities

April 16 – 22, 2017

Module 2: Sexualities and Masculinities

April 23 – 29, 2017

Module 3: Violence and Masculinities

April 30 – May 6, 2017

Module 4: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights(SRHR) and Masculinities

May 7 – 13, 2017

Additional Resources, Evaluation and Close of Training

May 14 – 15, 2017

Certificate of Participation: At the end of this four-week online training, a Certificate of Participation shall be awarded to the Participants who have completed all the tasks and requirements of all the modules.

Online Support: A separate note/User Guide from CHSJ’s IT Team is available to help Participants navigate the online training platform. In case of any technical problem or training-related query, Participants can send email to  onlinecourse@chsj.org  for assistance. An online Administrator shall be on standby to provide support