Launch of the joint UN Women/UNIDO online training module

Vienna, 19 June 2017 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and UN Women have launched a new online training module, Gender, Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development, as part of the I Know Gender e-learning course.

Gender equality and the empowerment of women have a significant positive impact on sustained economic growth and inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID), which are drivers of poverty reduction, social integration and environmental sustainability.

UNIDO Director General, LI Yong, said, “UNIDO’s vision of inclusive and sustainable industrial development encourages the full integration of women and the promotion of gender equality in all industrialization policies, programmes and processes. This course will assist UN staff and our partners to understand how gender equality is critical for industrial development and to take action to empower women in the productive sectors.”

On completing the Gender, Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development module, course participants will be able to explain how women and men are differently affected by industrial policies, and they will be able to contribute from a gender perspective to shared prosperity, economic competitiveness, and safeguarding the environment. The course can be completed in one and a half hours.

UNIDO’s Gender Coordinator, Hedda Femundsenden, said, “The great thing about this course and the new module is that anyone with an Internet connection can take advantage of this training. We hope that United Nations staff, as well as a general audience working on industrial development issues, sign up and register for this free course. No specific experience of gender-related work is required.”

To access the module, it is necessary to first complete the three I Know Gender core modules, which explain basic gender concepts and international frameworks for gender equality.

The I Know Gender course develops and/or strengthens awareness and understanding of gender equality and women’s empowerment as a first step towards behavioural change and the integration of a gender perspective into everyday work for all UN staff. It is hosted by the UN Women Training Centre eLearning Campus, and is open to everybody interested in using training or learning as a means to advance gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s rights.

Register for the course here

For more information on I Know Gender watch this video