About The Project


About the MDinGBV project


The project addresses the needs in the three countries through achieving six main objectives:

Creation of new curricula

The first objective is related to the creation of new curricula that will improve the competences, skills, and employability potential of university students in these countries. As very few Master's Degrees exist, this project will fill the gap and meet the countries' needs at a regional, national, and transnational level. The curriculum will be formed in collaboration with academics from LAC and European Universities, who will bring complementary expertise on local environments and research on gender equality and gender-based violence to the project.

Links between universities and labor markets

The second objective of the project is to develop/strengthen the links between universities and the labor markets in three Latin American countries. This objective is related to the employability rate of graduates, especially from social science faculties. To achieve this objective, civil society actors will be actively involved in the design of the courses, providing their experience and addressing the current needs of the market. Furthermore, the project will offer an internship program with at least 30 positions for graduates of the Master's Degree or students who participated in the courses.

International cooperation through O.U.

The third objective is to foster cooperation across different countries in Latin America and Europe through the creation of the Gender-Based Violence Observatory Unit. This Unit will have open access and will be supported not only by academic staff but also by students, and when needed/relevant, by civil society actors and humanitarian professionals. It will provide data, articles, and any type of sources (at least 40 items) related to gender-based violence, in order to promote and support research and monitoring of the issue.

Upgrade of faculty’s digital skills

The fourth objective of the project is to enhance the teaching mechanisms and approaches by improving the digital capacities of academic staff. Academic staff will receive training on the use of digital tools and technology in their pedagogical approach. Their needs will be defined through an assessment, in order to create targeted training accurately. During the running of the Master's/courses, this knowledge will be transferred to the students participating in the courses. Furthermore, at least 10 students will participate in virtual mobility.

Modernization of HEIs by students’ recommendations

The fifth objective is to support the modernization of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) by promoting a reform in terms of governance, with the active participation of students in creating a mechanism to ensure protection related to gender-based violence, promoting security in HEIs, and mitigating the risk of exclusion through a gender-sensitive approach. This will be achieved by a research exercise conducted by at least 10 students at each participating university in the LAC (70 in total). After mapping, observation, and interviews, students will submit their suggestions to the University Council, thereby promoting their participation.

Synergies through dissemination

The last objective is to create synergies among universities, public authorities, and civil society actors to raise awareness of gender-based violence and develop solutions directed towards vulnerable groups in society. This will be achieved by a variety of dissemination activities at local, national, and international levels.