Prevent and respond to Gender Based Violence – strengthening agents of change

The goal is to increase the capacity of targeted organisations and authorities to prevent and respond to Gender-Based Violence, according to Rule of Law in Albania, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro and Ukraine.

What is unique about the programme?

  • Advanced training with experts, practitioners and academics.
  • A participatory and interactive programme with a mixture of qualified participants from both government and civil society.
  • Exchange of experiences, networking and cooperation with professionals within the same field from different countries.
  • Individual and group coaching, to be able to successfully implement participants’ projects for change.


Program Objectives

The main objective is to increase the capacity of targeted organisations and authorities to prevent and respond to GBV, in accordance with the rule of law.

This will be achieved by reaching the following outcomes:

  • The participants actively use gained knowledge, practical methods and tools to prevent and respond to GBV.
  • Targeted authorities and organisations apply and formalise gained knowledge, methods, tools and guidelines in their work.
  • The participants use the contacts and network of the programme to improve cooperation and coordination in the field of GBV.

Benefits for the participants:

  • You will be better equipped to work against GBV through increased knowledge, methods and tools, including best practices.
  • You will have a strengthened capacity to initiate and support a process of change to prevent and respond to GBV, through personal coaching from Swedish colleagues.
  • You will have improved and expanded networks with other actors who prevent and respond to GBV.

Quotes from former participants:

I learned a lot about other countries, the problems we face and similar ways of solving them. It was useful to see how the Swedish institutions have a great cooperation with CSOs, which is really important for my country”

“I have really met open-minded and professional people and been inspired by the methodology. I have now tools to conduct my project”

“Never been in this kind of training, with such methodology and it has given me a new way of thinking. It has been good for networking – both internal and external”



The following components are included in the programme:

  1. Core concepts and legal frameworks: Root causes and structures upholding GBV. National and international legal frameworks, gender norms and masculinities, research on GBV, power and SRHR (sexual and reproductive health and rights).
  2. Response to GBV: Implementation of the chain of justice, protection of and support to victims of crime and survivors, and models of cooperation.
  3. Prevention of GBV: Methods of preventing GBV, such as awareness-raising, rehabilitation techniques and changes in legislation.
  4. Tools for change: Strategic communication, advocacy, project planning and change management.



The methodology of the programme is based on four cornerstones:

  • Exchange of experience
  • Theory/knowledge
  • Methods and tools
  • Change projects

The programme builds on a continuous exchange of experiences and mutual learning, where all participants contribute actively.

It uses a variety of pedagogical methods for learning and includes study visits.

The number of participants is limited to a maximum of 25.


Change Projects

Throughout the programme, all participants will work on a ‘change project’. The participants receive support during all programme phases to develop their project idea and to implement the project. The project should relate to and aim for progress in ongoing organisational or national processes for change within the area of prevention and response to GBV.

Why change projects?

The change project is the common thread of ‘Prevent and Respond to GBV – strengthening agents of change’. The International Training Programme is designed to strengthen actors to lead change in their organisations and institutions for better prevention and response to GBV. The programme combines theory and practical solutions to problems currently experienced by the participants. The change project is the tool for putting knowledge into practice!


Programme structure

The training programme is divided into different phases:


Phase 1 – Preparatory phase

Preparations such as reading, planning change project and e-learning might be included in this phase.


Phase 2 – Training in Sweden

Face-to-face training with sessions and study visits in Sweden.


Phase 3 – Work on change project

The participants focus on working on their ongoing change projects.


Phase 4 – Training in regional country, TBC

Focus will be on deepening themes and methods, as well as gaining experience on site from a new context. Digital sessions might be held during this phase.


Phase 5 – Final phase

The participants will adjust and finalise their change projects. They will present their results during an online grand finale.




The programme will run for approximately one year, with start during the autumn 2024. A more detailed schedule will be sent to participants when the recruitment process has been finalised.



Phases 1, 3 and 5 will be carried out in each participant’s home country.

Phase 2 will be conducted in Stockholm, Sweden.

Phase 4 will be conducted outside of Sweden. The location is to be announced later.


Management and staff

The programme is implemented jointly by the Swedish Police Authority and the Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation. The programme managers, coaches and facilitators will primarily come from these organisations. Lecturers from other relevant authorities, organisations and education centres will also be included as experts.


Admission requirements

Invited countries

The following countries are invited to nominate candidates: Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, Moldova and Ukraine. Applications from other countries will not be considered.

Target group

Only candidates nominated by a formal national organisation and in accordance with national legislation will be considered.

The target group is professionals who have a mandate to run processes, i.e. middle or senior level management, working for strategic authorities and organisations:

  • Police
  • Prosecutors
  • Judges
  • Prison and probation service
  • Social services/municipalities
  • Civil society organisations working to counteract GBV
  • Shelters
  • Health professionals and forensic doctors
  • Relevant ministries
  • Relevant higher education institutions
  • Media

The programme welcomes applicants from local, regional and national levels. We strive to ensure a mixture of participants in terms of gender, sector and ethnic identity, to promote a dynamic atmosphere during the training programme and the development of international and national networks.

Language requirements

The training programme will be organised and conducted in English, without any interpretation or translations. Proficiency in English must be certified on the application form.

Health requirements

As the training programme consists of international travel and work away from home in a new environment, good health and full working capacity is a prerequisite.

Other requirements

Computers, e-mail and other digital channels for communication will be used continuously in the programme, so each participant needs to have basic computer skills, a telephone and a valid e-mail address.

If selected, the participants will be obliged to participate in all phases. Substitutes will not be accepted for any phase. The nominating organisation must sign a letter of commitment before the start of the programme.


The training programme, including necessary travel to and accommodation at the programme venues, is fully covered by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency. Local travel expenses as well as visa costs and medical requirements before travel when required are paid by the participants. A per diem will be issued in accordance with Swedish per diem regulations.


All participants are covered by a group insurance policy while participating in the training programme, including the organised tours. This insurance covers the cost of medical care in the event of serious illness or accidents.


Application process

Programme 10

Training starts in September 2024

Closing date for application: 15 May 2024


When necessary, the application should be approved by the official nominating authority in your country.

Please note that applications submitted after the closing date will not be considered.


Selection process

Selected candidates will be notified by e-mail. Once selected, the candidate must confirm participation. A letter of acceptance will be sent out, containing information on participation in the programme and the practical arrangements. Selected candidates should be aware of the commitment to participate in all phases of the programme.



Programme management team

The Swedish Police Authority:
Karin Antonsson
Tel.: +46 76 133 44 50

The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation:
Courtnae Dunn


Title: PR.10 Prevent and Respond to Gender Based Violence
Start date:
End date:
Location: Sweden and one of the participating countries
Responsible: Karin Antonsson
Registration deadline: 2024-05-15