• 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

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    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

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

Gender news from around the world

  • Cucumber seeds and beekeeping kits: the new ways of fighting famine
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 21.02.2017
    A complex - and innovative - aid operation to save millions of lives in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria is under way, but success hinges on donors meeting the $5.6bn costStep out of Juba's makeshift tented terminal and you'll see them lined up along the tarmac as far as the eye can see: hulking white cargo planes stamped with the acronyms of UN aid agencies and NGOs. But the fleets of aircraft that dominate the airport of South Sudan's capital are just one part of a complex and sophisticated humanitarian response to famine, which was declared in parts of the country's north on Monday and looms simultaneously in three other countries for the first time in modern history. 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...
  • Why are we failing 75% of the world's youth at a time of unique opportunity? ' Abhik Sen and Rafiullah Kakar
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 20.02.2017
    From ending poverty to tackling climate change, the world's future lies in the hands of the young. So why are we failing to give them a decent shot at life?One in four people alive today is a young person aged 15 to 29: that's nearly 1.8 billion in total, of whom close to 90% live in developing countries.Demographically speaking, the next couple of decades are a unique window of opportunity. With the exception of Africa, the world is ageing, which means the proportion of young people in the global population will never again be so high. Continue reading...
  • MSF inquiry indicates Russia was behind hospital bombing in Syria
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 17.02.2017
    Study commissioned by Médecins Sans Frontières appears to show Russia, working with Syria, carried out February 2016 attack that killed 25 peopleAn investigation commissioned by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) bolsters its claim that Russian and Syrian forces were responsible for the deadly bombing last year of a hospital it was supporting in northern Syria.Video and photographic images captured by medical staff, activists and members of the public were pored over by a UK-based research agency hired by the organisation to look into the attack, which took place on 15 February last year and claimed the lives of 25 people. Continue reading...
  • Can crunchy caterpillars help tackle malnutrition in Burkina Faso?
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 17.02.2017
    With acute malnutrition affecting more than 10% of people in Burkina Faso, an innovative startup is mass-producing dried shea caterpillars high in proteinSmall black cylinders simmer in two pots, emitting a pungent and smoky smell.This is not someone's kitchen, however. It is the offices of agrifood company FasoPro, which double as a caterpillar laboratory. Continue reading...
  • Irish trawler owners deny trafficking and employment offences
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 17.02.2017
    Leonard Hyde and Pat O'Mahony deny knowingly facilitating illegal immigration of Filipino migrant fisherman and employing a non-EU national without a permitThe trial of two Irish trawler owners charged with offences under the Irish Illegal Immigrants (Trafficking) Act and Employment Permits Act opened in Cork district court on Wednesday.Leonard Hyde, 62, of Crosshaven, County Cork and Pat O'Mahony, 51, of Kinsale, County Cork, both denied knowingly facilitating the illegal immigration of a Filipino migrant fisherman, Demie Omol, who worked on their vessel in 2015. They also denied employing a non-EU national without a permit. 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...
  • Amazon rainforest's final frontier in Brazil under threat from oil and soya ' John Vidal
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 16.02.2017
    In Brazil's least developed state, Amapá, locals fear that government plans to increase soya and oil production will destroy the area ? and their livelihoodsOil and agribusiness threaten Amapá forests ? in picturesCelso Carlos has made a modest living for 10 years growing manioc and coconuts and rearing poultry on a few hectares of lowland in Brazil's northern Amazon.But three years ago, out of the blue, Carlos was told by an Amapá state judge that he had to move because his land had been bought by a businessman living more than 1,500 miles away in São Paulo. Within months, fences had been put up, and Carlos and other assentados, or settlers, had been forced off their land. Continue reading...
  • UN rights envoy calls for inquiry into abuses of Rohingya in Myanmar
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 16.02.2017
    Special rapporteur for Myanmar to push for resolution at UN human rights council meeting next month for investigation into reports of military atrocitiesThe UN should launch an inquiry into military abuses of Myanmar's minority Rohingya Muslims, because the government is incapable of carrying out a credible investigation, the UN's rights envoy will tell the human rights council next month. Yanghee Lee, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, said that she will urge member states to sponsor a resolution for a commission of inquiry when she presents her report to the council in Geneva on 13 March."I will certainly be pushing for an inquiry, definitely, on the Rohingya situation," said Lee. Rights groups have, over the past few years, been urging the UN to investigate reports of abuses against the Rohingya, a mostly stateless minority. But the calls have become more urgent since reports of mass rapes, killings, and other atrocities began to emerge in October, when the military launched counterinsurgency operations. Continue reading...
  • Safe toilets help flush out disease in Cambodia's floating communities
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 15.02.2017
    Open defecation in villages on Tonlé Sap lake contributes to sickness, pollution and drownings. Now, a pathogen-filtering toilet looks set to change livesPhat Sanday is ? in many ways ? like any other village in Cambodia. There's a school, a petrol station and a clinic. However, unlike most of the other rural communities, nearly every structure here ? at the southern end of Cambodia's Tonlé Sap lake ? floats. The primary mode of transport for the more than 1,100 families who live here is boat. 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...
  • Sexual abuse and corporal punishment 'widespread' in Tanzania's schools
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 14.02.2017
    Human Rights Watch report calls on UK and other aid donors funding ambitious education programme to put pressure on government to halt abusesSexual abuse, harassment and corporal punishment are widespread in schools in Tanzania, according to a report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) that called on donors funding one of Africa's most ambitious education programmes to press for government intervention.The report also found that more than 40% of adolescents in Tanzania were left out of quality lower-secondary education, despite a decision to make this schooling free. The country has one of the world's largest youth populations, with 43% of people under the age of 15. 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...
  • Famine looms in four countries as aid system struggles to cope, experts warn
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 12.02.2017
    Campaigners say tens of millions in urgent need in Yemen, South Sudan, Nigeria and Somalia are in hands of an overwhelmed, outdated humanitarian networkFamine is looming in four different countries, threatening unprecedented levels of hunger and a global crisis that is already stretching the aid and humanitarian system like never before, experts and insiders warn.Tens of millions of people in need of food aid in Yemen, South Sudan, Nigeria and Somalia are at the mercy not only of an overwhelmed aid system but also the protracted, mainly conflict-driven crises in their own countries, the humanitarian leaders say. Continue reading...
  • Hans Rosling, statistician and development champion, dies aged 68
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 08.02.2017
    Swedish academic, whose gift for making data sing brought his innovative ideas to a worldwide audience, dies after year-long illness It was his first Ted talk that thrust renowned Swedish academic Hans Rosling into the international spotlight in 2006, billed as the man in whose hands data sings. Since then, the statistician more likely to illustrate an idea with a few multi-coloured lego bricks than a PowerPoint has been described as everything from a data guru to a Jedi master of data visualisation.He died on Tuesday, aged 68, after a year-long illness, surrounded by his family in Uppsala, Sweden. 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.