GCED by ThemesInstructor-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

  • Firly Ratna Fauzia
    I’m so happy that I can join this wonderful course. I met many great women, having lesson from a great teacher and learning many things that open my horizon.
    Thank you so much for the great opportunities and I really miss my beautiful Wednesday and Thursday with you all, my dear friends.

  • Jaya Sharma Bhattarai
    As a 50-year-old woman from Nepal who has faced significant gender discrimination and has become a wife and mother at a young age due to societal pressures, I found this course extremely empowering. It is designed for women from all walks of life—whether you're a student, a professional, or a homemaker.

    The five-week course focused on eliminating discrimination against women and discussed serious issues like Violence Against Women (VAW), which is both a cause and a result of gender inequality. We explored different feminist approaches to activism and assessed the effectiveness of UN mechanisms such as the CEDAW agreement.

    The classes were online and required active participation, making regular attendance crucial. We had access to a wealth of resources like PowerPoint presentations, case studies, and articles through the GCED Online Campus, which deepened our understanding of the global movement for women's rights.

    We engaged in practical tasks like contributing to an online magazine and designing projects to combat gender discrimination. This hands-on approach helped us understand how to apply our real-life learnings.

    The course attracted women of different ages from around the world, including many young women about the age of my daughter. This diversity enriched our discussions and helped me see different points of view.

    As a counsellor, I found the insights valuable for enhancing my ability to support clients with gender-based issues. The knowledge and tools I've acquired will benefit my practice, allowing me to offer more informed and empathetic guidance.

    I want to thank Ms. Ivy Josiah for her inspiring teaching and Meto and Archita for their help throughout the course. A big thanks also goes to the other team members from APCEIU who supported us.

    This course was not just about learning; it was truly inspiring. It gave me the tools and knowledge to work for gender equality and to challenge old ways of thinking in my community. If you're passionate about making a difference in women's lives, this course is a great place to start.
  • Shafiqa Taraki
    The "Let's Eliminate Discrimination Against Women" course was extremely beneficial and eye-opening. This course had a really diverse group of students from all different backgrounds. The classroom brought together people of different genders, races, cultures, and socioeconomic statuses.

    Having that mix of identities and experiences among my classmates made the discussions incredibly rich. As we learned about gender discrimination issues like workplace inequities, gender norms and roles, and feminist movements, it was valuable to hear the varied perspectives from my peers.

    Whether it was personal stories, unique cultural viewpoints, or insights based on their identities, every student brought something different to our conversations. We created a supportive environment to tackle these heavy topics together.

    I learned a lot from the professor and my fellow students in this course. Hearing my classmates' lived experiences added depth to the concepts we studied.
  • 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.