• 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

  • At last, the destruction of heritage has been recognised as a weapon of war ' Irina Bokova
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 28.09.2016
    The imprisonment of Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi for helping to vandalise shrines in Timbuktu marks a key moment for justice and reflects the wider value of cultureIn a world scarred by recurrent violence against people and their heritage, the nine-year prison sentence handed down to Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi, who helped to destroy shrines in Timbuktu, marks a new and welcome recognition that deliberate cultural destruction is a war crime.Posterity will remember 27 September 2016, the date of Mahdi's conviction by the international criminal court, as the day impunity for the destruction of heritage finally came to an end and as a turning point for justice in Mali and beyond. Continue reading...
  • EU's secret ultimatum to Afghanistan: accept 80,000 deportees or lose aid
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 28.09.2016
    Memo leaked in advance of Brussels aid summit reveals EU plans to make assistance to Afghanistan 'migration sensitive' despite security concerns When international donors and the Afghan government convene in Brussels next week, the EU secretly plans to threaten Afghanistan with a reduction in aid if the war-torn country does not accept at least 80,000 deported asylum seekers.According to a leaked restricted memo (pdf), the EU will make some of its aid "migration sensitive", even while acknowledging that security in Afghanistan is worsening. Continue reading...
  • Healers cure mistrust in Guinea's health system after horrors of Ebola
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 28.09.2016
    Practitioners of traditional medicine ? the first port of call for 80% of Guineans ? could be invaluable in helping fight other killer diseases, such as malariaDressed in a stripy shirt and white skullcap, Mory Kaba roots around behind bottles of mysterious dark liquids and pulls out a small package. A new patient has just arrived at the traditional healer's shop in Kissidougou.Kaba's table is spread with khaki-coloured powders and brown pellets. His patient, a middle aged woman with £1 to spend, has fever, stomach pain, a headache and sore feet. He sells her a twist of yellow powder, gives her instructions, and writes down the sale in his ledger. Continue reading...
  • Statement by UN Women on the release of Homa Hoodfar from Iranian prison
    UN Women – News 28.09.2016
    UN Women welcomes the release on 26 September 2016 of the Canadian-Iranian academic Homa Hoodfar from prison in Iran, where she had been detained since 6th June 2015.
  • âLuxembourg is well positioned to take a leading roleâ¦in the national implementation of the SDGsââLakshmi Puri
    UN Women – News 27.09.2016
    Statement by Lakshmi Puri, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General & Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, at the Foundation of Luxembourgâs Cooperation 2016 conference on gender equality and the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Belgium and UN Women sign agreement to promote womenâs rights and gender equality
    UN Women – News 27.09.2016
    UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Alexander De Croo, Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium and Minister of Development Cooperation, signed the first Framework Arrangement in New York on 20 September 2016, to formalize and strengthen collaboration for promoting women’s rights and gender equality. UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Alexander De Croo, Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium and Minister of Development Cooperation, signed the first Framework...
  • Mining in Malawi brings forced evictions and ruined crops, report says
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 27.09.2016
    Human Rights Watch claims the government is failing to protect local communities from environmental impact of mining around Lake MalawiVillagers in Malawi have been forcibly evicted from their homes to make way for coal and uranium mines and consequently face serious problems accessing safe water, according to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report, which claims that the government lacks adequate safeguards to protect those affected.Villagers told HRW that they were given little to no notice that mining would begin in their area, and unsatisfactory or zero compensation for resettlement, the report said. It also claimed the villagers had suffered problems with their crops and water sources, and were worried about the effect the mining was having on their health. Continue reading...
  • Press release: Robust actions mount, at one year mark of landmark meeting on gender equality and womenâs empowerment
    UN Women – News 27.09.2016
    Countries mobilize to address the daily challenges faced by women and girls worldwide
  • Witness to soldiers' sexual abuse in Bangui speaks out on finding safe haven
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 27.09.2016
    In the face of conflict and violence, women in a camp in Central African Republic's capital are working together to rebuild their livesMetres away from passengers awaiting their flights in the departure lounge of M'Poko airport in Bangui, tens of thousands of people shelter inside old jumbo-jets, under hangars or in ramshackle tents.Marie Valentine, 66, is one of them. She remembers vividly the bullets flying in all directions as she fled her house in the capital of Central African Republic, in December 2013. Continue reading...
  • DfID 'should have done more' to give poor countries a voice on tax evasion
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 27.09.2016
    Aid watchdog criticises Department for International Development's top-down approach in fight against tax avoidanceThe Department for International Development (DfID) "should have done more" to give developing countries a voice in the global battle against tax avoidance and evasion, according to a UK aid watchdog.A new review, published by the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (Icai) on Tuesday, criticises the government department for following a "top-down" approach to including developing countries in international policy discussions on the issue. Continue reading...
  • UN Women brings UN High-Level Panel findings to the marketplace
    UN Women – News 26.09.2016
    After presenting the High-Level Panel report on Womenâs Economic Empowerment to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Member States during the 71st session of the UN General Assembly, UN Women and the City of New York took the conversation to La Marqueta marketplace in East Harlem, New York on Friday, 23 September.
  • Womenâs political participation gains momentum in Moldova
    UN Women – News 26.09.2016
    As of 2015, Moldova ranked 64 in terms of womenâs representation in the Parliament, with women holding only 22 per cent of seats in the lower house. UN Women-UNDP collaboration with the government and the Parliament contributed towards the adoption of a new law on 14 April, 2016, which for the first time, introduced gender quotas for party list candidates and cabinet nominees. Law No. 71 says that women and men must each make up a minimum of 40 per cent of every political partyâs candidates and of cabinet nominees, and amends 15 other national laws.
  • Farming mega-mergers threaten food security, say campaigners
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 26.09.2016
    Deals would put the majority of seeds, chemicals and GM traits in the hands of three companies, deepening poverty for small-scale farmers When an Indian farmer plants his cotton crop, there's at least a 75% chance the seeds have been been bought from a company owned by Monsanto. If a Latin American farmer sprays insecticide on her genetically engineered soya beans, the chemical is more than likely to have been provided by German chemical and drugs company Bayer or by US firm Dupont.And when African farmers add chemicals to their maize fields or plant it's odds-on that they have come from Swiss company Syngenta. Continue reading...
  • Sugar the pill: tackling taboos on contraception in Nigeria ? in pictures
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 26.09.2016
    In 2012, about a quarter of Nigeria's 9.2 million pregnancies were unintended. On World Contraception Day, we look at a project that reaches out to communities and battles the stigma around family planningPhotographs: George Osodi/Panos Pictures/IPPF Continue reading...
  • If Colombia is to realise its potential, its people must vote for peace ' Jonathan Glennie
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 26.09.2016
    By rejecting violence, Colombia can achieve social progress and reinvigorate development cornerstones such as education, healthcare and employmentColombians are facing their most important vote in at least 50 years. With peace negotiations concluded between the government of Juan Manuel Santos and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) guerrillas, Colombia needs to decide whether to support the peace agreement on the table, or reject it in favour of the continued use of violence to resolve the conflict.As ever with this kind of decision, there are many compromises to be made; the pursuit of peace is often balanced precariously with the pursuit of justice. But while we should perhaps leave the ethical considerations up to Colombians to decide, one thing seems obvious. Continue reading...
  • 'My father punched me and tore at my clothes': confronting rape in Myanmar ' Charlotte England and Joshua Carroll
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 26.09.2016
    At the age of 13, May Lwin was raped by her father. A draft law formulated with the help of civil society takes aim at the country's culture of sexual violenceMay Lwin's* brothers and sisters were playing outside their home when her father raped her.One of her younger brothers heard the commotion as the 13-year-old's father dragged her back inside the house by her hair after she tried to run away. She made it as far as the washing line in the front yard before she tripped. Continue reading...
  • From where I stand: Ileana Crudu
    UN Women – News 24.09.2016
    When Ileana Crudu, now 19, finished high school in 2016, she had completed one year of training as a participant of GirlsGoIT, a UN Women-supported initiative that breaks down gender stereotypes in the ICT sector. Ileana is now a relentless ambassador encouraging girls to study technology and continues to advocate for girlsâ and womenâs participation in the ICT sector at the university in The Netherlands where she is studying.
  • âThe definite link between investing in women and generating a society that will make and find peaceâ¦ââThe Executive Director
    UN Women – News 23.09.2016
    âThe definite link between investing in women and generating a society that will make and find peaceâ¦ââRemarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the high-level meeting on âGlobal Leadership â Local Partnerships: Womenâs Leadership and Gender Perspectives on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremismâ.
  • Who's WHO? Six candidates named for next World Health Organisation chief
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 23.09.2016
    Ministers and academics from France, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Italy, Hungary and UK will vie to succeed Margaret Chan as director general in July 2017Six candidates from Africa, Asia and Europe ? including one Briton ? have been nominated for the position of director general of the World Health Organisation, at a time when experts have emphasised the need for the agency to prove it can be "transparent and accountable" to the public.The candidates include current and former government ministers and academics. Dr Philippe Douste-Blazy of France, a former health and foreign minister, makes the list, as does Ethiopia's foreign minister ? and former health minister ? Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Continue reading...
  • âWe count on parliaments to ratify and implement Convention 189ââExecutive Director
    UN Women – News 23.09.2016
    âWe count on parliaments to ratify and implement Convention 189ââStatement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, on the occasion of the announcement by the Government of Jamaica of its ratification of ILO Convention 189 on Domestic Workers, 22 September 2016
  • Women gain ground in Jordan election despite yawning gender gap
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 22.09.2016
    Women claim 20 parliamentary seats as move to proportional representation reaps dividends for record number of female candidatesWomen's rights campaigners in Jordan believe the country is slowly moving towards more progressive political representation after female MPs won 20 of 130 seats in parliamentary elections on Tuesday, compared with 18 out of 150 in the previous parliament.The growing relevance of women in Jordanian politics, evident in campaign posters clustered at roundabouts and lining roadsides countrywide in the buildup to polling, was reflected in a contest that featured 252 female candidates, the highest number to date. Continue reading...
  • 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.