• 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

  • GGEO 2016

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

  • Nordic Africa Days 2016

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

  • UNU-GEST Newsletter

    The June edition includes the 2016 graduation, UNU-GEST lecture series, events and alumni activities

  • Congratulations to 2016 fellows!

    UNU-GEST celebrates the graduation of fifteen fellows with a post-graduate diploma. 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

  • Women the world over have shown the US how to deal with sexism and racism ' Yifat Susskind
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 02.12.2016
    From Liberia to Colombia and beyond, women have compiled a vast archive of methods to combat threats to their rights. The US need only follow their leadMany in the US are emerging from their initial shock at the outcome of the presidential election to confront its likely impacts: a legitimation of right-wing identity politics, worsening climate change and militarism, assaults on women's rights and LGBT rights, and the gutting of basic public services.A litany like this can feel overwhelming, but none of these threats are actually new. Just ask the indigenous water protectors at Standing Rock, or women in the 89% of US counties without an abortion provider, or people of colour targeted by racist law enforcement policies. Continue reading...
  • On the road with Uganda's mobile sexual health clinics ? in pictures
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 02.12.2016
    In Uganda, which has a high youth population, 24% of 15- to 19-year-old women are either pregnant with their first child or already mothers. Access to contraception and reproductive health services is hit and miss, particularly in rural areas. Reproductive Health Uganda operates a network of mobile clinics to help women in remote regions get vital servicesPhotographs: IPPF/Tommy Trenchard Continue reading...
  • Joana Foster: 'She made African women realise they can do anything'
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 02.12.2016
    Joana Silochina Foster, the formidable Ghanaian-British activist and lawyer who died last month, co-founded Africa's first feminist philanthropic institutionBefore the fourth world conference on women, held in Beijing in 1995, Joana Silochina Foster, a Ghanaian-British activist and lawyer, attended a workshop organised by the Global Fund for Women. She happened to be seated next to Dr Hilda Tadria, a Ugandan scholar and activist whom she had not met before. Turning to Tadria, Foster said: "What we really need are our own resources." And so the idea of a fund for African women was born. At the time, it was a groundbreaking notion: no such institution existed on the African continent, where funding for women's rights was primarily channelled through international NGOs based in the global north. Continue reading...
  • UN admits for first time that peacekeepers brought cholera to Haiti
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 01.12.2016
    Ban Ki-moon said deadly outbreak that killed up thousands 'leaves a blemish' on United Nations' reputation, ending six years of refusing to claim responsibilityThe United Nations has admitted for the first time that its peacekeepers were directly responsible for bringing cholera to Haiti, bringing to an end a six-year delay in which the world body consistently ducked responsibility for importing the disease that has potentially killed up to 30,000 people.In a 16-page report released on Thursday setting out what is being billed as a new approach to fighting cholera in Haiti, the UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, cites expert opinion about the cause of the deadly outbreak. It found that "the preponderance of the evidence does lead to the conclusion that personnel associated with the [UN's peacekeeping] facility were the most likely source". Continue reading...
  • Plan to align UK aid with trade policy could sideline poor countries
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 01.12.2016
    Developing states could lose out as reviews of British aid signal fresh emphasis on economic interests following Brexit voteUK aid will be more closely allied with trade policy after the British government signalled a new approach to development assistance that may risk sidelining poorer countries.Two long-awaited reviews published on Thursday promised to change the focus of British aid, with the government pledging to do more in fragile and conflict-riven states and to expand work across the "arc of instability" that bends from north Africa to the Middle East. Continue reading...
  • America under Trump must not overlook the importance of women in battling HIV ' Serra Sippel
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 01.12.2016
    As we mark World Aids Day with a conservative US administration looming, it is vital that progress on HIV prevention in girls and young women is not undoneOver the course of more than a decade, the US government spent in excess of $41bn (£33bn) on HIV prevention and treatment without investing in targeted prevention for adolescent girls and young women abroad.Adolescent girls were instead lumped in with adult women in prevention programmes such as prevention of mother to child transmission, which was a critical intervention but did not address the unique health needs and risk factors for girls. In parts of Africa, 90% of new infections in adolescents occur in girls, so this left an enormous gap. Continue reading...
  • Fresh hope for Kandahar newborns as Afghan healthcare gets a shot in the arm ' Matthew Green
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 01.12.2016
    Infant mortality rates in Afghanistan were once among the world's worst, but a new children's unit at Kandahar's Mirwais hospital is accelerating slow progressAmong the tiniest of the premature babies slumbering in incubators at the Mirwais hospital, one bore a name chosen by hospital staff. At five days old, "Fatima" had been abandoned by her mother after being born so early that her family assumed she was destined for the grave.Had her relatives grasped the welcome transformation unfolding at the government-run medical centre in Kandahar, the largest city in southern Afghanistan, they might have held their newborn a little tighter. Continue reading...
  • Mobilising aid through the private sector can yield high poverty reduction returns
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 30.11.2016
    While UK aid channelled to the private sector should be more transparent, such investment can nonetheless have a big impact on the lives of the world's poorThere has been no shortage of criticism levelled at the UK government over its recent proposal to increase the limit on aid funding it can channel through its private sector arm, the CDC.The Department for International Development (DfID) has been under fire over issues ranging from lack of transparency to a failure to demonstrate development impact. The latter point was highlighted by a National Audit Office (NAO) report published on Monday. Continue reading...
  • Motherhood in Aleppo: 'Did I give birth to him to see a life like this?' ' Umm Leen
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 30.11.2016
    Amid heavy shelling in the Syrian city, local resident Umm Leen gave birth to her son a month early. With food and other basic resources scarce, and the ongoing siege intensifying, she fears what the future holds. Here, she tells her storyThe siege has been bad, but we didn't fear it as much as we fear the bombs.My eldest daughter is 16. She was six months pregnant, but suffered a miscarriage two weeks ago. I had a son of 12, but he was killed by a piece of shrapnel that pierced his heart. My youngest is a baby boy, aged three months ? I gave birth to him during the siege. Continue reading...
  • Young Gambians ready to vote out dictatorial Yahya Jammeh regime
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 30.11.2016
    With high unemployment among its youthful population driving people to flee to Italy, Gambia goes to the polls this week in a climate of dissentWearing a black T-shirt with the words Power of Freedom emblazoned in red, rapper Jerreh Badjie (stage name Retsam), is part of a tight circle of young Gambian dissidents pushing for an end to the country's totalitarian regime. It has been 22 years since President Yahya Jammeh took office, but unprecedented levels of protest in recent months signal that he may be losing his iron grip on power. Badjie says the 2016 presidential election on 1 December is the first real chance young Gambians have had to vote for change."People are starting to see if they don't express themselves now, their lives and their children's lives are at risk. They have to face the situation and talk now. If we have the same leader for another 20 years there won't be any change ? that means Gambia has no future," he says, sitting on a beach in the Senegal capital, Dakar, where he now lives in exile. Continue reading...
  • Requests for LGBT emergency funds highlight persecution worldwide
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 29.11.2016
    Support fund backed by Elton John for LGBT communities at high risk of stigma and violence receives 235 requests since October launch A rapid response fund backed by Sir Elton John that provides emergency support to LGBT communities under threat around the world has received 235 applications in its first month of operation. The money is funding safe houses, legal fees and medical support in 29 countries, according to a report on its work to support HIV services, published ahead of World Aids Day on Thursday. Continue reading...
  • 'They said they would rape me': defenders of women's rights speak out ? video
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 29.11.2016
    Activists championing women's rights around the world are being systematically targeted with threats and abuse. To mark International Women Human Rights Defenders' Day, we hear from four campaigners who have come under attack for their work. Women from Honduras, Nepal, China and Egypt share their stories of persecution Continue reading...
  • Workers for McDonald's in Malaysia say they were victims of labour exploitation
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 28.11.2016
    Migrant workers employed through labour supply firm allege they were deceived about wages, cheated of payments and had passports confiscated unlawfullyWorkers at McDonald's restaurants in Malaysia claim they earned as little as 60p an hour and were cheated out of months of salary, a Guardian investigation has found.The workers allege they were subjected to months ? and in some cases years ? of exploitation by Human Connection HR, a labour supply company contracted by McDonald's in Malaysia to provide workers to its restaurants in Kuala Lumpur. Continue reading...
  • Whitewashing the abuse of women ? in pictures
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 28.11.2016
    Photographer Bhargavi Joshi's series of images represent the violence and injustices that confront women worldwide, regardless of their age, race, culture, education and socio-economic background. The women are painted white to shift the focus from their physical traits, race or culture to their gender, says JoshiPhotographs by Bhargavi Joshi Productions Continue reading...
  • UK government faces calls to shelter Yazidi refugees persecuted by Isis
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 26.11.2016
    MPs urge home secretary to extend resettlement scheme to members of Iraq's Yazidi community, many of whom have suffered rape, torture and sexual slaveryBritain's home secretary is being urged by MPs to allow refugees from the Yazidi community, a minority Iraqi group persecuted by Islamic State, to enter the UK under the same rules that allow entrance to vulnerable Syrian refugees.In a letter to Amber Rudd (pdf), a cross-party group of MPs has said that many Yazidi refugees from Iraq satisfy the "vulnerability criteria" of Syrian refugees due to the sexual violence they have experienced. However, their needs are at risk of being forgotten amid the humanitarian crisis caused by the military offensive in Mosul, the MPs warned. Continue reading...
  • How will you mark 16 days of activism against gender abuse? Share your stories
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 25.11.2016
    As a 16-day campaign against sexual violence begins with an impassioned plea from UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon, tell us how you will mark the momentCalls for increased, sustained funding for organisations working to end violence against women and girls are at the heart of this year's 16 days of activism against gender-based abuse.At the UN's official launch of the annual campaign, where attendees draped themselves in scarves of orange ? the colour the UN has chosen to mark action against violence ? the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, said governments needed to step up their support of women's movements and civil society groups to address what is a human rights violation, a health concern and a major obstacle to development. Continue reading...
  • 'I was so scared ? I was tortured': Indian women lift the lid on married life ' Vidhi Doshi
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 25.11.2016
    A legal ruling threatens to make life even worse for the millions of women in India forced into slavery-like conditions after entering arranged marriagesRadhaben Vaghela always knew she would have to leave her childhood home once she grew up. Born in the village of Sitavar in western India, Vaghela was never allowed to go to school or encouraged to find a job. When she turned 16, her parents announced that they had chosen a man for her to marry.Within weeks, she was ejected from the house and sent to live with her new husband, in his family home. She was never asked if she was happy to live in a stranger's house, although declining wasn't really an option: she would have been thrown out of her parents' home either way. Continue reading...
  • Outrage over two-year sentence for HIV-positive Malawi 'hyena'
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 23.11.2016
    Women's rights groups demand stronger punishment after court verdict on HIV-positive man who claimed to have sex with more than 100 women and girlsWomen's rights activists have condemned the two-year sentence given to an HIV-positive man who claimed to have had sex with more than 100 women and girls in Malawi.The Malawi Human Rights Resource Centre (MHRRC), the Gender Coordination Network and the African Women's Development and Communications Network (Femnet) branded the sentence of Eric Aniva a disgrace, and demanded it be reviewed. Aniva admitted in a BBC documentary that he had had sex with women and girls in traditional "cleansing" rituals. Continue reading...
  • Innovations fund aims to save women and newborn babies in Africa
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 23.11.2016
    $7m Grand Challenges scheme invites African researchers to find solutions to the continent's high rates of maternal and neonatal deathPublic health experts in east Africa have hailed an initiative that will fund research on the continent in the hope of fostering African innovation.The $7m (£5.7m) Grand Challenges Africa innovation seed grants programme ? funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and coordinated by the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and the Nepad Agency Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (Aesa) ? is calling for ideas from Africa-based innovators working in maternal and newborn child health. Continue reading...
  • 'It's a crime to be young and pretty': girls flee predatory Central America gangs
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 23.11.2016
    Sexual exploitation that the UN says amounts to slavery is forcing girls and their families from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to seek refuge in MexicoSara Rincón was walking home from college in the capital of El Salvador when she was confronted by three heavily tattooed gang members who had been harassing her for weeks.The group's leader ? a man in his 30s, with the figure 18 etched on to his shaven head ? threw her against a wall, and with his hands around her neck gave her one last warning. 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.