• 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

  • Threats of death and violence common for women in politics, report says
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 26.10.2016
    Study of 55 female MPs in 39 countries reveals 'widespread and under-reported problem', with more than 20% subjected to acts of sexual violencePhysical, sexual and psychological violence against female MPs is undermining democracy and efforts to end gender inequality, according to a study of parliamentarians around the world.More than 40% of female MPs interviewed by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) said they had received threats of death, rape, beatings or abduction while serving their terms, including threats to kidnap or kill their children. Continue reading...
  • Will the closure of India's sterilisation camps end botched operations?
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 26.10.2016
    After the supreme court ordered that mass tubectomy drives must cease, campaigners fear women's reproductive rights will still be ignoredIt happened in a classroom, on the desks of the village school. It was dark, so the doctor operated on the women by torchlight. The procedure only took two minutes; many women did not even know that they had been permanently sterilised.That Saturday night, in January 2012, 53 women from the village of Kaparfora in the northern Indian state of Bihar had tubectomies over a period of two hours, under the supervision of a local NGO. The school desks where the operations took place were never disinfected; the doctor never changed his gloves, and the medicines were past their use-by dates, violating a number of government guidelines. After the operations, the doctor left the school, ignoring the wails of the bleeding women in the classroom. Continue reading...
  • From Where I Stand: Rita Lopidia
    UN Women – News 25.10.2016
    Rita Lopidia addressed the UN Security Council Open Debate on the 16th anniversary of SCr 1325 on 25th October. Lopidia, a former member of UN Womenâs Peace and Security section, is based in Juba, South Sudan and has ten years of experience in women, peace and security issues in both Sudan and South Sudan. She contributed towards the development of the South Sudan UNSCR 1325 National Action Plan and participated as a civil society delegate to the August 2015 peace process.
  • UN's own expert calls its actions over Haiti cholera outbreak 'a disgrace'
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 25.10.2016
    Human rights special rapporteur says UN's refusal to accept responsibility for 2010 outbreak 'makes a mockery' of efforts to hold others to accountThe United Nations' refusal to accept responsibility for the devastating cholera outbreak that has claimed more than 9,000 lives in Haiti has been branded a "disgrace" by the organisation's own human rights special rapporteur.Human rights groups working with victims had reacted with jubilation earlier this year following the UN's first tacit admission that it was to blame for the outbreak after doggedly refusing to address how its peacekeepers brought the disease to Haiti in 2010. Continue reading...
  • Expertâs take: Womenâs meaningful participation still the missing ingredient in peacebuilding
    UN Women – News 25.10.2016
    The United Nations undertook three separate reviews on peace and security last yearâon peace operations, the UNâs peacebuilding architecture and on fifteen years of women, peace and security. I had the privilege of heading the review on women, peace and security, which concluded with the âGlobal Study on the Implementation of United Nations Security Council resolution 1325 (2000)â, authored by Radhika Coomaraswamy. The study drew upon global consultations and new research and emerged with one key findingâwomenâs meaningful participation is the most important and overlooked ingredient for sustainable peace.
  • âCommitments must not be simply plans on paperââExecutive Director
    UN Women – News 25.10.2016
    Last yearâs Open Debate had the highest number of participating speakers in the entire history of the Security Council. More than 180 political, financial, and institutional commitments were made in the course of the high-level review of 1325, and a new resolution of the Security Council, resolution 2242.This resolution cannot be ignored. These commitments must not be simply plans on paper.
  • Priti Patel warns aid organisations must provide value for money or face cuts
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 25.10.2016
    Development secretary to 'drive taxpayer value' with reviews of global bodies' performance; she also wants to use aid to help deliver trade deals post-Brexit UK funding to major multi-lateral organisations that deliver aid, such as the World Bank, could be cut unless they provide "value for money", the international development secretary has said.Priti Patel was speaking on a trip to Kenya where she also indicated she wanted to use Britain's £12bn aid budget to help deliver trade deals in the wake of Britain's departure from the EU. Continue reading...
  • Midwife in Haiti tells of delivering babies knee-deep in water by torchlight
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 25.10.2016
    Hurricane Matthew's destruction triggers fears of huge rise in maternal deaths, alongside danger of fresh cholera outbreakA midwife in Jérémie, Grand'Anse, one of the worst-hit towns in Haiti during Hurricane Matthew, has told how she delivered six babies, two boys and four girls, in a blackout during the night of the storm.Marie-Lyrette Casimir, a midwife at St Antoine hospital, worked by flashlight as the fiercest Caribbean storm in almost a decade ripped though the south-west tip of the country, killing more than 500 people and causing widespread devastation. Continue reading...
  • Justice is long overdue for the widows of South African mineworkers ' Dean Peacock and Emily Nagisa Keehn
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 25.10.2016
    It is vital the court of appeal upholds a ruling that makes South Africa's gold mining industry accountable to women whose husbands died from silicosisFor decades, women in rural South Africa have shouldered the burden of caring for mineworkers who return home with silicosis contracted in South Africa's gold mines. These women do the back-breaking and emotionally taxing work of caring for men who are dying slow and painful deaths, their lungs irreparably scarred by the silica dust they breathe in underground.Testimony from women in South Africa's Eastern Cape province reveals the brutal toll silicosis has taken on families. "My husband was the sole breadwinner," recalled one woman. "If we had money, he had sent it. During his last days, he lost his strength and his chest closed up. It was difficult for him to cover himself with blankets, so I would cover him up. He could not go outside to relieve himself, so he would do it right there in the bed. I would have to throw it away. On his last day his chest closed up completely. I am left with almost nothing." Continue reading...
  • 'It was like being in a boys' club': female aid workers on sexual harassment at work
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 25.10.2016
    Organisers believe new survey provides snapshot of hidden scale of abuse in male-dominated humanitarian sector and call for more in-depth investigationsWomen in the international aid industry have recounted their experiences of sexual harassment and abuse in a new survey of more than 1,000 female workers in the humanitarian sector.The results of the self-report survey, published on Tuesday by the Humanitarian Women's Network, revealed that 55% of those questioned said they had suffered sexual advances from a male colleague at least once. Continue reading...
  • UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri receives the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award
    UN Women – News 24.10.2016
    President & Executive Director Hausman, Madam Chair, Distinguished UNA members, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a dream come true for me to be here to receive the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award 2016 by the United Nations Association (UNA), in this city made sacred by its commitment to the United Nations, to a shared multicultural world and common responsibility to a sustainable development destiny. Indeed, Anna Eleanor Roosevelt has been my Shero since I...
  • A water-chilled coolbox gets vaccines on tap to the world's poorest
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 24.10.2016
    At the Grand Challenges conference in London, innovations in refrigeration and sanitation are among those making a difference to global healthcareIt was a walk past a frozen lake 10 years ago that got Ian Tansley thinking differently about global health. The Welsh inventor had spent decades travelling and developing solar technologies throughout Africa and Asia. Yet one puzzle he was keen to crack ? how to deliver vaccines on a wide-scale basis to the poorest, most remote communities ? had so far eluded him.Vaccines are notoriously hard to deliver safely, requiring refrigeration at certain temperatures, which means having access to a constant power supply. Yet hot climates, intermittent availability of electricity, supply shortages and unreliable storage facilities mean that one in five children ? more than 19m worldwide ? do not get even the most basic immunisations to keep them healthy. Continue reading...
  • How Sri Lanka wiped out malaria ? podcast transcript
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 24.10.2016
    Sixty years ago, Sri Lanka was one of the countries most affected by malaria. Dinitha Rathnayake explores how the nation became free of the disease Listen to the podcast Reports and presenter: DR Dinitha Rathnayake Continue reading...
  • Tunisian political party fights for women's rights with gender violence bill
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 24.10.2016
    Though sexual violence and harassment are rife in Tunisia, it is seen as a beacon on women's rights. A draft law could bring reality into line with appearanceAfter 14 years of sexual harassment at work, Idihar Chaieb finally got her day in court. The widow had been repeatedly propositioned and groped by her boss, who was also a local official in her home town of Menzel Bouzelfa, an hour's drive from Tunis. When he finally got the message that Chaieb wasn't interested in his advances, he threatened to destroy her reputation."I was afraid to speak out. I thought I would be blamed," she said. Continue reading...
  • How Sri Lanka bit back at mosquitoes and wiped out malaria ? podcast
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 24.10.2016
    Sixty years ago, Sri Lanka was one of the countries most affected by malaria; in September 2016, the World Health Organisation declared the country free of the disease. Dinitha Rathnayake charts the journey of a huge victory for public healthRead the transcriptDinitha Rathnayake, a radio journalist based in Colombo, looks back over Sri Lanka's long struggle with malaria. She speaks to people who lived through the 1980s health crisis as well as the doctors, health workers and officials who helped to eliminate the disease.Mahieash Johnney, of Sri Lanka's Red Cross, looks back to the 1930s, when more than 5m cases of malaria were reported in the country. Continue reading...
  • Condolences on the death of Ameera BinKaram
    UN Women – News 24.10.2016
    UN Women mourns the tragic loss of Ms. Ameera BinKaram, together with her mother and sister, in an accidental fire at her home yesterday, 22 October.
  • Killing women means society pays the ultimate price
    UN Women – News 21.10.2016
    UN Women is profoundly concerned by the brutal sexual violence and murder of women and girls that has been recently highlighted by women in Argentina, and which reverberates across Latin America and beyond. This is a form of intimate terror that has become normalized through its sheer scale and acceptance of its inevitability in some places. Yet it is not normal, and it cannot continue. Beyond the appalling personal cost, it reveals deep and damaging failures of society that ultimately have a high price in lost progress for each country.
  • Kenya lights the way for beleaguered youth of sub-Saharan Africa
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 21.10.2016
    Inaugural global youth development index identifies sub-Saharan region as worst in world for young people on health, education and employmentKenya has made the greatest strides in improving the conditions of young people over the past five years, according to a new index of global youth development.Together with four other sub-Saharan countries ? South Africa, Niger, Togo and Malawi ? Kenya made the largest gains globally across a range of criteria, from health to political participation. However, sub-Saharan Africa still trailed all other regions in the global youth development index, produced by the Commonwealth and covering 183 countries. Continue reading...
  • Tech classes open a fresh window of opportunity for women in rural Kenya ' Robert Kibet
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 21.10.2016
    A digital literacy programme is helping women and girls in Kenya to learn new skills and earn extra income, irrespective of age or education levelUnder the scorching afternoon sun, at a village in a sugar-cane growing region of western Kenya, 60-year old Mary Namukholi carefully places bunches of green bananas beside an old bicycle outside her home.After greeting five neighbours who have been awaiting her arrival for an hour, she enters her one-bedroom, iron-roofed house. She takes a laptop from a polythene bag, wipes it and connects it to a desktop printer. Continue reading...
  • The art of preventing violence against women in Brazil women
    UN Women – News 20.10.2016
    The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) is supporting the CAMTRA organization, which stages artistic and cultural events in areas where there are large concentrations of young people in order to raise awareness about violence against women and girls.
  • Coverage: UN Women Executive Director in United Arab Emirates
    UN Women – News 20.10.2016
    During her first visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) this week, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka inaugurated  UN Women’s Liaison Office for the Gulf region in Abu Dhabi, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) to strengthen joint work on gender equality and the empowerment of women in the Muslim world, and attended the “Investing in the Future – the Resilience of Women and Girls in the Arab Region”...
  • 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.