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Starting With Ourselves: Reflecting on Power, Gender, and Violence

Reflect on your personal experiences with and beliefs about power and gender and consider how they affect your work to prevent or respond to violence.

Course Summary

Starting with Ourselves: Reflecting on Power, Gender, and Violence is a free, self-paced course that invites you to step away from your day-to-day work for a moment and focus on yourself. Throughout the course, you will have opportunities to reflect on your personal experiences with and beliefs about power and gender. As well as, consider how they affect your work to prevent or respond to violence. Engaging in a sustained process of critical reflection on your own beliefs, behaviours and dominant social norms about power, gender, and violence is part of your personal transformation. And through this course, we hope to facilitate that journey of personal reflection and transformation.

Who is this course for?

Starting with Ourselves is designed specifically for those working in the field of Violence Against Women (VAW), Violence Against Children (VAC), and Gender-based Violence (GBV).  Participants of varying levels of experience and expertise are welcome to take this course. However, the course is open for anyone who wishes to reflect on their relationship with power, gender, and violence


Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify positive and negative uses of power
  • Reflect on your experiences with power
  • Explore your beliefs about gender and violence, how they relate to social norms, and how they affect your behaviours
  • Recognise how beliefs and social norms about gender and violence affect a woman across her life course
  • Identify ways to 
    • use positive types of power individually and with others; and 
    • transform harmful beliefs and behaviours and strengthen equitable ones to create positive change.


This course has 4 sessions: 

  1. Introduction
  2. Power
  3. Beliefs, Behaviours, Norms
  4. Putting It All Together

These interactive sessions are designed to support your internal reflections and each session has several interactive topics, videos, knowledge checks, and reflection questions.

Participants should be prepared to think about how the course material can be applied to their experience and context and be willing to share with others.


This is a self-paced course designed to be completed within two to three hours but we encourage you to take as much time as you like for this journey. Throughout this course, you will encounter different ways of learning. We have designed this course to engage different types of learners to set their own pace: you can revisit topics, move freely between completed sessions, and engage with the information presented as it feels best for you. 

As the course is a journey in self-reflection, we encourage you to keep your own journal or use the digital journal provided in this course. You will also have access to the course Discussion Forum to connect and interact with other participants and the Prevention Collaborative team. You can begin the course as soon as you submit the application form by heading to the ‘My Account’ page.

This course was developed by the Prevention Collaborative. The Prevention Collaborative strengthens the capacity of key actors to design, deliver, and advocate for cutting-edge prevention programmes, informed by research-based evidence, practice-based learning, and feminist principles.