GCED by ThemesOngoingInstructor-led

You Can Eliminate Discrimination Against Women!

Application 02-14-2024 ~ 03-06-2024
Learning 03-12-2024 ~ 04-25-2024(6 Weeks)
Course ID 2024_80_CL002_1_0_
  • Fixed Deadlines

  • Application & Selection Process

  • 1:1 Interaction with the Instructor

  • Downloadable Certificate
    Earn a certificate upon the completion

  • 100% Free

About the Course

It is a reality that women and girls still experience discriminatory laws, policies, and practices that curtail their human rights. In fact, The Gender Snapshot 2022 report  ALERTS us that at the current rate of progress, it will take up to 286 years to close gaps in legal protection and remove discriminatory laws related to women.

What can YOU and I do about this situation? Is Gender Equality an elusive goal?

This course will expose you to feminist activist approaches to the elimination of discrimination against women and will include too, the understanding of CEDAW, the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, and Special Procedures. We will discuss the question “Do UN mechanisms work?

In particular, we will learn about Violence against Women (VAW). VAW is both the cause & consequence of gender inequalities.

• Violence against women – particularly intimate partner violence and sexual violence – is a major public health problem and a violation of women's human rights.

• Estimates published by WHO indicate that globally about 1 in 3 (30%) of women worldwide have been subjected to either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime.


This course is exclusively designed for women. Whether you're a student, professional, or homemaker, This course is designed to support you on your unique journey!



Ivy N Josiah is a Malaysian women’s human rights advocate and a gender consultant cum educator. Ivy is the former President and Executive Director of Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO- www.wao.org.my ), where over 20 years she developed WAO’s shelter services and advocacy strategies for law and policy reform. WAO opened Malaysia’s first shelter for survivors of domestic violence in 1982.

She has a strong background in women’s human rights addressing multiple forms of discrimination against women and has conducted training in over 15 countries. She currently serves on four international boards on women’s rights and remains active in civil society. Ivy is also a member of Five Arts Centre.

She loves to advocate, dance, cook and create.

Course Reviews

  • Angelica Fortuna
    Professor Ivy's lecture on Eliminating Discrimination Against Women (EDAW) was truly enlightening. Her passion for gender equality and creating inclusive workplaces was palpable throughout the session. She skillfully navigated complex topics, offering practical examples and thought-provoking insights that resonated deeply with the audience. What stood out most was her emphasis on empathy and understanding as catalysts for positive change. Professor Ivy fostered an open and respectful dialogue, encouraging participants to reflect on their own biases and privileges. Her commitment to empowering women and challenging discriminatory practices was inspiring. By the end of the lecture, I felt both informed and motivated to take meaningful action in promoting gender equality and inclusivity in my workplace. Professor Ivy's expertise and compassion created a transformative learning experience that will undoubtedly leave a lasting impact on all who attended.
  • Judith Kawikya Musa
    As a young woman who wants to focus on the role of women in peacebuilding in rural communities in Africa, I feel so encouraged to have done this course because there is so much discrimination against women in many areas. I feel equipped and ready for this. I feel empowered with knowledge of not only the problems, but also the solutions. Thank you very much Teacher Ivy for your energy all along.
    The course was well structured and taught with alot of energy!
    And to my fellow participants, see you as we create change out here.
  • MOKOSE Masehlabaka
    I learned so much from the ladies in this class. i learned to appreciate my country more and be willing to help those that are being descriminated against. I feel like the past six weeks I have grown both emotionally and professionally. I am grateful to have part of the course. The course instructor is very professional and makes it easy for everybody to connect. I would definitely recommend the course.
  • MARICEL Carpio
    I am very thankful that I used to encounter this GCED and be one of the participants in the Course " You Can Eliminate Discrimination Against Women" because true this course I learned a lot of things related to Women and Respect. I learned to value and give more credits to women, with this I am very much opted to be and be one of the advocate against gender equality. Thank you Ms, Ivy and the GCED and APCEIU team for this experienced and learnings.
  • Hanita Hanim Ismail
    Miss Ivy Josiah carried the classes wonderfully lively. I always looked forward to learning more, albeit having attended the course before. It is always something new to learn. With her vast knowledge in the subject matter and her expertise in the industry, her classes are hands-on by experience.
  • Kuenga Choden
    The course was interesting and informative. This course taught me about being a good listener and a woman to other woman. It made me realize how strong women are and what we can do to make this place free from gender discrimination. All the participants from various countries were energetic and interactive as well as the presenter, Ms. Ivy beside being the pool of knowledge with experience, she was full of energy. Every session was important. Thank you.
  • Afsheen Fatima
    I am glad that I have participated in this course. I have learned new concepts pertaining to women rights. This will help me in my teaching profession as I can better teach my students about women issues and their solutions. All the sessions were highly engaging and interactive. The instructor was energetic and highly responsive which made the course all the more interesting.
  • Mangalam Ilangkovan
    In an increasingly interconnected world, gender equality remains a pressing issue that requires collective action. Ms. Ivy's course, "You Can Eliminate Discrimination Against Women," brought together participants from various countries to address this crucial challenge. As someone deeply committed to promoting women's rights, I found this course to be a thought-provoking and empowering experience.

    The course covered a comprehensive range of topics, including the historical roots of gender discrimination, the social and economic impacts of inequality, and the legal and policy frameworks designed to combat discrimination. Ms. Ivy skillfully wove together theoretical concepts with real-world case studies, ensuring that the content remained relevant and applicable to the diverse group of participants.

    One of the course's strengths was its interactive nature. Through group discussions, role playing exercises and panel sessions, participants had the opportunity to share their unique perspectives and learn from one another's experiences. This cross-cultural exchange was invaluable, as it highlighted the need for contextual understanding and tailored approaches when addressing gender discrimination in different societies.

    Ms. Ivy's passion for the subject matter was palpable, and her extensive knowledge and expertise shone through in her engaging delivery. She deftly navigated complex topics, providing clear explanations and encouraging critical thinking among the participants.

    A highlight of the course was the emphasis on practical strategies for eliminating discrimination. Participants were equipped with tools and techniques for advocacy, community mobilization, and policy development. The course also explored the role of education, media, and corporate initiatives in promoting gender equality, offering a holistic approach to addressing this multifaceted issue.

    While the course content was comprehensive, some participants expressed a desire for more in-depth exploration of specific cultural or regional contexts. Additionally, incorporating more interactive multimedia resources or case study simulations could further enhance the learning experience.
  • Huma Nabizada
    This course was incredibly insightful and educational. It was well-organized and skillfully coordinated by Professor Ivy. I was particularly impressed by Professor Ivy's ability to effectively engage students from various countries, allowing each student the opportunity to share their opinions and perspectives.
    I am immensely grateful to Professor Ivy for delivering such a comprehensive course, and I extend my gratitude to GCED Online Campus for providing me with the opportunity to expand my knowledge and skills.
  • Laone Caren Moruisi
    To have been part of this course has been the highlight of my year (having just celebrated 30 years on Monday 15th). I am grateful and honored to have been selected and to have taken part in it to learn and share experiences with the other phenomenal women from across the world. Thank you to the APCEIU team for their prompt feedback, repsonses and assistance in the overall flow of the course. They made the process seamless. A heartfelt thank you to Ms Ivy for availing her time and allowing us into her world. It has really been insightful and I take these lessons into my work as an academic to advocate for and sensitise not only my students and those I work with and the community about women issues.

    I am proud of the women who show up because it is only through them that I also show up also, bold and unapologetic.