Focus On: Understanding the Rights of Women and Girls

Focus On: Understanding the Rights of Women and Girls


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This three-lesson course addresses the marginalization and unique challenges facing women and girls – from gender discrimination and inequality in education to a lack of opportunity in business to assaults on their safety and dignity from gender-based violence. The course offers practical steps for individuals in business, government, and civil society to take to alleviate these challenges and empower female populations politically, socially, and economically.

Watch, read, or listen to all three lessons in this course. Then pass the quiz to earn a free certificate.

These lessons are available in French on individual lesson pages under the “En Francais” tab.

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Lesson 1: Supporting a Girl’s Right to Learn
Video/Audio Duration: 6:55
When women and girls have equal access to education, societies prosper. This lesson examines the many benefits to individuals, families, and communities when they prioritize girls’ education, how gender discrimination and outdated social constructs are barriers to educational opportunity, and the necessary partnerships required to achieve gender equality in education.

Lesson 2: Paving the Way for Women Entrepreneurs
Video/Audio Duration: 9:02
This lesson features the pivotal role women play in a nation’s economy, how gender bias creates obstacles for women starting new businesses, and strategies and tools to address certain types of gender discrimination including negative gender stereotyping that can keep women from succeeding in business and the workplace.

Lesson 3: Ending Violence Against Women & Girls
Video/Audio Duration: 7:23
Gender-based violence is a global epidemic. It crosses every social and economic class, ethnicity, race, religion, and education level, and transcends international borders. This lesson covers the facts and consequences surrounding violence against women and girls, the responsibility that men have in preventing gender-based violence, and the necessary and practical approaches to ending it.

Meet the Instructors

Cassandra Butts

Cassandra Quin Butts - Supporting a Girl’s Right to Learn

E Diane White

E. Diane WhitePaving the Way for Women Entrepreneurs

Jimmie Briggs

Jimmie BriggsEnding Violence Against Women & Girls