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Register for Empowered Aid’s Free Online Course to Mitigate the Risk of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in Aid Distribution


Informed by Empowered Aid’s evidence-based results, this self-paced course is free and available to all learners interested in mitigating the risk of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) in aid distribution, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), and programming. It is grounded in principles and tools for increasing aid actors’ and researchers’ engagement with diverse women, girls, and other members of crisis-affected communities and applying the expertise they share.

Through interactive learning activities, case studies, and video interviews with the Empowered Aid team, learners will gain knowledge on the Empowered Aid findings, recommendations, and participatory processes so they can better listen to women and girls, turn their knowledge into action, and increase their safety in aid distribution.

The course was co-designed and co-created by all of those who took part in the research, and we are excited to share our experiences and resources through this virtual platform! To access the findings reports, policy briefs, toolkits, training materials, and more, visit the Empowered Aid Resources page.

For learners who would like to engage in peer-to-peer learning and exchange, you can indicate when you have enrolled in the course if you would like to join a live discussion group hosted by Empowered Aid team members, who will support you to apply the principles and tools you learn about in your everyday work.


Enroll in the Course


Steps for Enrollment:

1.  Create an account for the GWI Learning Portal

2. On the homepage, select the Empowered Aid course in the featured courses

3. Click "Enroll me" in the Empowered Aid course page


If you are having any technical difficulties or need further support, reach out to [email protected]. We will help you to resolve your issue!

Through 5 self-paced modules, you will learn about:

Understanding Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) in Humanitarian Settings

Recognizing Women and Girls as the Experts on SEA Risk

Engaging Women and Girls to Better Prevent SEA

Applying SEA Risk Recommendations to Make Aid Distributions Safer

Using Participatory Methods in Humanitarian Settings

"What [Empowered Aid] is doing is amazing, I loved taking part in this conversation. You are spreading awareness, giving support, peace of mind, and strength to women and girls when they go to a distribution."

Testimonial from Syrian co-researcher "Leila" living in Lebanon as a refugee


Screenshot of Grace Kiden teaching in the Empowered Aid course
Screenshot of Mona teaching in the Empowered Aid course

Learn from Empowered Aid refugee women co-researchers from Uganda and Lebanon as they share their expertise.




Case Study Example

Engage in case studies based on our findings from the participatory action research & implementation at distributions of food, vouchers, and other forms of aid.