• UNU-GEST welcomes new fellows in 2017

    UNU-GEST Diploma Programme in International Gender Studies 2017 has started with new fellows arriving from twelve countries read more

  • UNU-GEST Newsletter December 2016

    The December edition includes news on events, research, 2017 cohort of fellows and alumni more

  • GGEO 2016

    UNEP publishes the first comprehensive overview about the interplay between gender and the environment, the Global Gender and Environment Outlook (GGEO) more

  • Mr. Ban Ki-moon visits Iceland

    UNU-GEST meets United Nations Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon to discuss sustainable development, climate change and gender more

  • Nordic Africa Days 2016

    NAD 2016 was held in Uppsala 23-24 September 2016. UNU-GEST organized a panel on gender research and gender-responsive methodologies read more

  • Gender and climate change in the spotlight

    UNU-GEST fellows present on gender and climate change in Uganda at the University of Iceland read more

  • Human Development Report 2015

    Dr. Selim Jahan, editor-in-chief of the 2015 Human Development Report (HDR), introduces the 2015 HDR and its main findings read more

  • SDG#5: Parity and Empowerment

    UN Member States have designed a set of 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development  »

Gender news from around the world

  • Locals accuse Pakistan of doing the dirty by turning to coal to meet energy needs
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 27.02.2017
    As Pakistan seeks to address its power crisis by mining coal, villagers in the Thar desert are fighting to prevent state acquisition of their ancestral landAmid the din of the excavating machines and the rumble of dumpers removing and hauling tonnes of earth, the voice of indigenous communities in Pakistan's Sindh province has been drowned out.Nabi Bux, a resident of Sehnri Dars in the province's Thar desert, can attest as much. His village, roughly 400km from the port city of Karachi, has been acquired by the Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC) and, as a result, he and about 1,800 fellow residents are to be relocated 25km away. Continue reading...
  • Food aid from warehouse to plate: fighting South Sudan's famine ? in pictures
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 25.02.2017
    Last year, photographer Matt Black documented the logistics chain of international food aid from a warehouse hub in Dubai to Unity State in South Sudan, where famine has just been declaredAll photographs by Matt Black/Magnum Photos Continue reading...
  • Is child labour always wrong? The view from Bolivia ? podcast transcript
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 24.02.2017
    Kary Stewart looks at why 850,000 children work in Bolivia, and whether the numbers can be vindicated by the country's unique cultural contextHear the podcast Presenter: KS Kary Stewart Continue reading...
  • Donors pledge $672m at Oslo summit to avert famine in Nigeria and Lake Chad
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 24.02.2017
    Norway leads funding commitments as summit raises one-third of $1.5bn needed to avert famine by reaching 3 million people within five monthsHow to donate: South Sudan famine, Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria food crisesA third of the $1.5bn in emergency funding sought by the UN this year to prevent a famine in Africa's stricken Lake Chad region has been raised at a summit in Oslo.The US has not yet made any new pledge of money. Continue reading...
  • Dutch minister calls on UK to join safe abortion fund after Trump ban
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 24.02.2017
    Twenty countries aim to raise $600m to fill gap left by Donald Trump's ban on funding for pro-abortion NGOs in developing worldThe Dutch government has voiced hope that the UK will join 20 countries to set up a safe abortion fund to fill the gap left by Donald Trump's "global gag rule".Lilianne Ploumen, the Dutch international development minister, is leading an international campaign to raise $600m (£480m) to compensate for the Trump administration's ban on funding for NGOs that provide abortion or information on the procedure to women in developing countries. Continue reading...
  • Major car paint suppliers join initiative against child labour in mica mines
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 24.02.2017
    PPG and Axalta join scheme after Guardian report linked paint used by Vauxhall, BMW and VW with mines in India reliant on child labour and debt bondagePPG and Axalta, two of the world's largest car paint suppliers, have joined a global initiative to purge child labour from the mica industry after a Guardian investigation linked child labour in their supply chains to Vauxhall, Volkswagen and BMW.Although largely unknown to consumers, mica is one of the most widely used minerals globally, highly valued for its ability to reflect and refract light and found in a multitude of different products and industries. Continue reading...
  • UK's £100m response to South Sudan famine comes from cash already allocated
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 23.02.2017
    Initial optimism quashed after it emerges that announcement of 'new' government support for famine-hit country refers to funding already in placeThe British government is facing questions after announcing it was responding to the declaration of famine in South Sudan by allocating £100m of new money that had, in reality, already been reserved for the stricken country.On Wednesday, the UK's Department for International Development (DfID) released a statement trumpeting what it described as "new humanitarian support" for South Sudan. Continue reading...
  • Is child labour always wrong? The view from Bolivia ? podcast
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 23.02.2017
    Kary Stewart looks at why 850,000 children work in Bolivia, and whether the numbers can be vindicated by the country's unique cultural contextEl trabajo infantil en Bolivia: ¿puede justificarse? ? podcastRead the transcriptSubscribe and review: iTunes, Soundcloud, Mixcloud, Audioboom & Acast and join the discussion on Facebook and TwitterWhen Bolivia's government sought to protect children by keeping the minimum working age at 14, child protesters took to the streets. They demanded the legal working age be lowered. As a result, in some cases, children are allowed to work at the age of 10. Continue reading...
  • El trabajo infantil en Bolivia: ¿puede justificarse? ? podcast
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 23.02.2017
    Kary Stewart analiza por qué 850.000 niños trabajan en Bolivia y si los números pueden ser vindicados por el contexto cultural único del paísIs child labour always wrong? The view from Bolivia ? podcastSubscribe and review: iTunes, Soundcloud, Mixcloud, Audioboom & Acast and join the discussion on Facebook and TwitterCuando el gobierno boliviano trató de proteger a los niños instaurando la edad mínima de 14 años para trabajar, los manifestantes salieron a las calles. Exigieron que la edad legal de trabajo se redujera. Como resultado, en algunos casos, se permite que los niños trabajen a la edad de 10 años. Continue reading...
  • World leaders convene in Oslo for Nigeria food crisis summit
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 23.02.2017
    Hopes of renewed impetus on efforts to prevent famine in north-east Nigeria tempered by concerns over omission of word 'donor' from summit's official titleHow to donate: South Sudan famine, Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria food crisesDays after the world's first famine in six years was declared in South Sudan, the rich countries convening in Norway this week to discuss the Nigeria food crisis face pressure to stump up funds to prevent a second, in north-east Nigeria.Uppermost on the agenda will be the failure of wealthy states to react more quickly to an international humanitarian appeal for more than 5 million people facing severe food shortages. Sensitive issues surrounding the Nigerian government's ongoing offensive against Boko Haram militants in the stricken region are also likely to be discussed at the Oslo conference. Continue reading...
  • How to donate: South Sudan famine and Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria food crises
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 22.02.2017
    Famine has been declared in parts of South Sudan, while Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria are also at risk. Here's a roundup of some of the main appealsThe UN has declared famine in parts of South Sudan ? the world's first since 2011 ? and warned that Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria are also at risk. With the humanitarian system stretched as never before, hunger has reached unprecedented levels according to aid agencies. Continue reading...
  • Famine declared in South Sudan
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 20.02.2017
    'Man-made' food crisis threatens 100,000 people after war and a collapsing economy devastate agriculture in the countryFamine has been declared in parts of South Sudan, where UN agencies warned on Monday that war and a collapsing economy have left 100,000 people facing starvation.A further 1 million people were classified as being on the brink of famine, according to the World Food Programme (WFP) and other UN bodies. Unimpeded humanitarian access was urgently needed to reverse "an escalating catastrophe", they added. Continue reading...
  • UK to host summit seeking extra funds for family planning
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 16.02.2017
    Priti Patel sets date for event that was planned before Trump administration reintroduced so-called 'global gag rule' Britain will lead efforts to secure extra funding for family planning at an international summit in London, ministers have said, amid concern about Donald Trump's decision to ban US financial support for organisations involved in abortion services overseas.Priti Patel, the international development secretary, said the summit would take place in July, and the UK was aiming for a "step-change on family planning". Continue reading...
  • Trump's 'global gag rule' could endanger millions of women and children, ?Bill and Melinda Gates? warn
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 14.02.2017
    Exclusive: Bill and Melinda Gates warn of dire impact of order that blocks US funding for family planning and health servicesThe "global gag rule" imposed by Donald Trump, blocking US funds to any organisation involved in abortion advice and care overseas, could impact millions of women and girls, endangering their lives and those of their babies, Bill and Melinda Gates have warned.The changes are expected to result in funding from the world's biggest donor to family planning and women's health programmes in the developing world being slashed. It could, Bill Gates told the Guardian, "create a void that even a foundation like ours can't fill". Continue reading...
  • How long can Ethiopia's state of emergency keep the lid on anger?
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 12.02.2017
    A state crackdown has silenced ethnic Oromo people in Ethiopia, but grievances over land and rights, and a lack of political options, could reignite protests In a muted show of defiance near Ethiopia's capital city, a tall farmer glanced around before furtively crossing his arms below his waist to make the Oromo people's resistance symbol.Ethiopia's government outlawed the gesture made famous by Olympic men's marathon silver medalist Feyisa Lilesa ? who formed the "X" above his head at last year's Rio games ? when it enacted a draconian state of emergency in October in an attempt to stem 11 months of protests. Although that decree has suppressed unrest, the farmer thinks demonstrations will start anew. Continue reading...
  • Maternal death rates in Afghanistan may be worse than previously thought
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 30.01.2017
    Unpublished research from the UN Population Fund suggests the country's maternal mortality figures may be higher than reportedFor years, declining death rates among pregnant women have been hailed as one of the great gains of foreign aid in Afghanistan.In reality, however, Afghan women dying in pregnancy or childbirth may be more than twice as high as numbers provided by donors would suggest. Continue reading...
  • Trump policy changes would leave lives of millions in balance, agencies warn
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 27.01.2017
    Executive orders that would hit funding of UN organisations and US refugee resettlement programme greeted with chorus of condemnationWomen, girls and people fleeing war and persecution will bear the brunt of far-reaching US policy changes likely to be ushered in under Donald Trump, potentially jeopardising the lives of millions of vulnerable people around the world, aid agencies have warned.The UN Population Fund and Save the Children are among international organisations braced for Trump to sign leaked executive orders that would have a major impact on funding to the UN and support for US refugee resettlement programmes. Continue reading...
  • 'Global gag rule': stop playing politics with women's lives, MSF tells Trump
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 26.01.2017
    As affected groups worldwide take in news of Donald Trump's renewal of a policy that has dire implications for family planning, Médecins Sans Frontières has aimed a broadside at the US president's stanceMédecins Sans Frontières has told the Trump administration to stop "playing politics" with women's rights and other global health efforts after the new US president reintroduced a policy likely to affect millions of women and girls around the world.The "global gag rule", which was reinstated by Donald Trump on Monday, withholds USAid funding from any overseas family planning organisation that offers or provides information about abortions. Continue reading...
  • 'Global gag rule' jeopardises future of Asia health initiatives, campaigners say
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 26.01.2017
    Funding for programmes from sanitation to nutrition will be subject to Trump's far-reaching order, with huge implications for family planning providersWomen's health advocates across Asia have said Donald Trump's decision to reinstate and beef up the "global gag rule" will result in hundreds of thousands of unwanted pregnancies and imperil programmes aimed at improving sanitation, treating Aids and protecting LGBT activists.Health providers and advocacy groups in Delhi, Phnom Penh, Jakarta and beyond have been holding emergency meetings since Tuesday's announcement that US aid funding was now contingent on organisations abandoning their abortion advocacy work, services or information. Continue reading...
  • 'Global gag rule' could have dire impact in Latin America, activists warn
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 26.01.2017
    Reinstatement of policy by Donald Trump could have 'chilling impact' in region that already has high rates of teenage pregnancy and maternal mortalityDonald Trump's reversal of abortion-related aid policy will have a "chilling impact" on Latin America, say family-planning campaigners in a region that already has some of the world's highest rates of teenage pregnancy and maternal mortality.The so-called global gag rule, which was signed into effect by the new US president on Monday, withholds USAid funding from any organisation that offers abortion services or information. Continue reading...
  • Press release: Luminaries, activists and artistes come together to spotlight life-changing interventions on ending the pandemic of violence against women and girls
    UN Women – News 17.11.2016
    Press release: Luminaries, activists and artistes come together to spotlight life-changing interventions on ending the pandemic of violence against women and girls. UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman co-hosts star-studded gala to mark 20 years of grant-making through UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women.
  • Faces of climate change ― the gender perspective

    Faces of climate change ― the gender perspective

    In recent years, farmers all over Uganda have experienced changes in climate. Extreme weather such as heavy rains, flooding, drought, landslides and unreliable seasons affect the livelihoods of the many families who live off the land. The changing conditions impact men and women differently and challenge the way they work together. Could revisiting the traditional gender roles be a part of the solution?

  • What is the United Nations University all about?

    What is the United Nations University all about?

    United Nations University – Agile and Adept: Marking the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations University in Japan, this video animation explains how the UNU is uniquely organized as an agile and adept think tank composed of a network of highly specialized institutes distributed across the globe.

  • Vigdís Finnbogadóttir patron of the UNU-GEST

    Vigdís Finnbogadóttir patron of the UNU-GEST

    Ms. Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, the former President of Iceland, was the first woman to be democratically elected President in the world. Women's rights, cultural diversity, the promotion of world peace and transnational dialogues have been running themes in Ms. Vigdís Finnbogadóttir's work. She has also been an important advocate of equality and the empowerment of women.