These model training sessions are intended to illustrate techniques and concepts described in the Guidelines for Developing a Training Program, which introduce advocates to a methodology for conducting training for the general public as well as individuals and organizations involved in addressing violence against women. It is recommended that advocates first familiarize themselves with these Guidelines, which provide the necessary background information for understanding the sample training materials included on this site, which address the issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment and trafficking in women.

The model sessions below provide an example of the structure of a training program, using the topic of gender-based violence. These model sessions can therefore be used by advocates to gain an understanding of the components of a training course, to increase the facilitator’s understanding of gender-based violence or as introductory sessions to training programs on issues such as domestic violence and trafficking in women.

The model sessions in the Problem Identification block and the Researching the Problem block are general and could be used with various groups as an awareness-raising tool. The sessions in the Addressing the Problem block are intended for specific target audiences and introduce concrete tasks or intended outcomes.

The model sessions listed here are intended to illustrate the many training exercises that could be carried out in a training program on gender-based violence and are not meant to be exhaustive.

Sample Acquaintance Exercise (Word | PDF) and Expectations Exercise (Word | PDF)



  • What is Gender-Based Violence? (Word | PDF)
  • Sample Session Plan (Word | PDF)



  • Causes and Effects of Gender-Based Violence (Word | PDF)
  • Myths and Facts about Gender-Based Violence
  • Introduction to the International Law that Addresses
    Gender-Based Violence



  • Strategies for Media Representatives on Covering Gender-Based Violence (Word | PDF)
  • The International Legal System Response to Gender-Based Violence
  • Strategies for Developing Gender-Sensitive Legislation
  • Strategies for Prevention of Gender-Based Violence: Public Education


Sample Closing Exercises (Word | PDF) and Evaluation Forms (Word | PDF)

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