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Build your skills in measuring violence against women in Asia and the Pacific


Globally, violence against women is an urgent public health, human rights, economic and public policy priority. Reliable, comparable data on violence against women are essential to prevention and response efforts, however technical capacity to collect data about violence against women safely and accurately is limited.

From 2018, the University of Melbourne, in partnership with UNFPA, ANROWS and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), is pleased to offer the kNOwVAWdata training course, a four-week course for professionals seeking to build their skills in measuring the prevalence of violence against women (VAW).

The course

The kNOwVAWdata training course will cover key concepts relevant to VAW; tools used to generate reliable, comparable data; processes involved in undertaking a national prevalence study; ethical and safety guidelines; data management, analysis and dissemination; working with qualitative and administrative data; stakeholder engagement; and strategies for ensuring an inclusive approach to understanding VAW. The course will be valuable for professionals involved in the measurement of VAW in countries throughout Asia and the Pacific, including representatives from national statistics offices, women’s machineries, and other government agencies; practitioners; researchers; and international consultants addressing VAW.

Course structure

The kNOwVAWdata training course is a four-week program, conducted in two-week blocks. Participants will need to commit to the full program. All participants receive a professional development certificate on completion of the course, awarded by the University of Melbourne.

Details for 2019

Block 1

Dates: 19-30 August 2019
Venue: Fiji (venue to be confirmed)

Block 2

Dates: 11-22 November 2019
Venue: The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia


1. Course fee paid directly to the University of Melbourne (AUD $4,200, per student) * This is a special introductory rate for 2019, which includes:

  • Participation in the full 4 weeks face to face training intensive (two weeks in Fiji and two weeks in Melbourne), delivered by University of Melbourne researchers and national and international guest lecturers.
  • Access to an online learning portal and all course materials.
  • 4 hours of post course mentoring and support.
  • Post course membership of the on-line community of practice for measuring violence against women.

(*) Please note: The University of Melbourne is offering a heavily discounted rate for 2019. A comparable course fee for a 4-week intensive at the University of Melbourne ranges between AUD $8,000-$12,000. 

2. Additional travel costs which participants need to cover themselves, include:

  • Passport
  • Fiji and Australia visa fees
  • Airfares
  • Travel insurance
  • Medical preparation
  • Local transport costs outside of course or travel for personal reasons during course
  • Fiji - Breakfast, dinner and accommodation costs (lunch, morning tea and afternoon tea will be provided)
  • Melbourne - Breakfast, lunch, dinner and accommodation costs

Many participants in the 2018 pilot of this course successfully obtained scholarships worth up to several thousand dollars. Please contact your internal institution’s scholarships and travel advisors, or local donor agencies if eligible.

Application procedure

To apply for the short course please request an application form and information pack by sending an email to or submitting online inquiry form at Application deadline extended to 14th June, 2019. To ensure quality of teaching and learning, the number of participants is limited. Applications will be reviewed and shortlisted. You will be informed of the outcome and if successful, requested to pay a deposit of AUD $300. Your place in the course is only confirmed once payment of the deposit has been made.

The payment balance is due on 26th July 2019. There will be a wait list after applications close in case of late withdrawals.

Withdrawal and cancellation

In case of withdrawal of registration after a place is offered, the deposit will be refunded, less a $25 administration fee, if written notice is received by the University of Melbourne by the 10th June 2019. After this date, the deposit is non-refundable. Once the payment balance is made the course fees are non-refundable unless another participant can take your place in the course.

In the unlikely event that the minimum number of participants required to run the course is not reached, participants will be provided with a full refund.

For more information

Further information will be provided on accommodation options in Fiji and Melbourne, travel and Visa information, what to expect during the course and connecting to our online learning portal.

To receive information about the 2019 course, send an inquiry email to:

For more information, visit our course website: