• 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

  • 'We have nothing but our reindeer': conservation threatens ruination for Mongolia's Dukha ' Marine Gauthier
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 28.08.2016
    One of the world's smallest ethnic groups is finding its cultural traditions on the wrong side of Mongolian law, putting its very existence in perilIn the Mongolian taiga, or snow forest, a few kilometres from the Russian border, a group of 250 reindeer herders preserve their traditions with care. They dwell, as their ancestors did, in the forest, where they live by hunting, gathering and drinking the milk of their animals. But the creation of a protected area to preserve the wild environment may threaten their survival. Continue reading...
  • The tribes paying the brutal price of conservation
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 28.08.2016
    Across the world, governments are protecting habitats. But indigenous peoples are being evictedConservation threatens ruination for Mongolia's Dukha The Botswana police helicopter spotted Tshodanyestso Sesana and his friends in the afternoon. The nine young Bushmen, or San, had been hunting antelope to feed their families, when the chopper flew towards them.There was a burst of gunfire from the air and the young men dropped their meat and skins and fled. Largely through luck, no one was hit, but within minutes armed troops arrived in a jeep and the nine were arrested, stripped naked, beaten and then detained for several days for poaching in a nature reserve. Continue reading...
  • âThe UN must lead by example in appointing its next Secretary-General: make this moment count for gender equalityâ
    UN Women – News 26.08.2016
    Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women
  • Media advisory: Syrian women engaged in the peace talks meet in New York
    UN Women – News 26.08.2016
    On the sidelines of its Executive Board session, UN Women is organizing a panel with members of the Syrian Womenâs Advisory Board to the UN Special Envoy for Syria, established in February this year. At the event, representatives of the Womenâs Advisory Board will share their experience and contribution to exploring solutions for peace.
  • UN Women Executive Board convenes Second Regular Session 2016
    UN Women – News 26.08.2016
    UN Women Executive Board will convene for this yearâs Second Regular Session on 1 and 2 September at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
  • Expanding capacities for women farmers in Rwanda
    UN Women – News 26.08.2016
    Since joining UN Womenâs innovative âBuy from Womenâ platform, men and women farmers from 10 cooperatives in Rwanda have benefited from the digital, mobile-enabled platform that connects small holder farmers to the agricultural supply chain and provides them with critical information on market prices, sensitization on gender equality, and business opportunities via text messages.
  • Looking good and making a fast buck? Why rich countries help the poor ' David Hulme
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 26.08.2016
    An extract from David Hulme's Should Rich Nations Help the Poor? examines the mix of altruism and self-interest rich states use to justify support for foreign aidWhy do rich nations help the poor in faraway places? There are a mix of very different reasons, ranging from the high-minded ? "It's our moral duty" ? to the venal ? "We can look good and make a fast buck out of this". Commonly, the governments of rich countries use combinations of altruism and self-interest to justify support for the distant needy to their taxpayers. There are four distinct lines of argument. Continue reading...
  • Women walk alone to reclaim India's streets from fear and harassment ' Shaifali Agrawal
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 26.08.2016
    For women in India, offensive and threatening behaviour in public places is all too common. The Blank Noise collective is encouraging them to fight backAfter a long and tiring day, Neha Khandelwal, 26, fell asleep on the bus in Delhi on her way home. She woke up, startled, when she felt someone grab her breasts. Drowsy and not completely alert, it took her a minute to gauge what had happened. The man sitting next to her on the bus was groping her."I felt so vulnerable ? that anybody could subject my body to something that I did not want," she says. Continue reading...
  • 'We just want to live' ? South Sudanese refugees bear scars of brutal civil war ' Patrick Kingsley
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 25.08.2016
    Hundreds of unaccompanied minors are among the 80,000 people who have fled to Uganda since July, when civil hostilities resumed in South Sudan"Let's avoid cholera by washing our hands," reads a sign in a refugee camp just south of Uganda's border with South Sudan. It's a new sign, handwritten in a hurry ? and the commotion a few metres away at the entrance to the camp hints at why it's so necessary. Hundreds of South Sudanese refugees are arriving from the border, further swelling the numbers of an overcrowded camp that is already at four times its capacity, and increasing the risk of disease. Crammed into three coaches, these are the latest of more than 88,000 South Sudanese refugees to seek asylum here since early July, when civil war restarted in the world's newest country. Earlier arrivals reached Uganda by canoe. Now they come by bus. Continue reading...
  • BK Gulf dragged its heels over Qatar labour abuses, claim migrant workers
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 25.08.2016
    Company co-owned by British firm Balfour Beatty accused of continuing erratic salary payments and withholding of passports for months after Guardian exposéMigrant labourers in Qatar who worked for a company co-owned by Balfour Beatty, one of Britain's largest construction firms, have claimed they were subject to continued abuse and exploitation for almost three months after the Guardian revealed their plight.The Nepalese men, who worked for BK Gulf, which is 49% owned by Balfour Beatty, said they were forced to remain in Qatar against their will and were not paid for more than three months. Continue reading...
  • Decrepit infrastructure denies millions urgent natural disaster aid, study says
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 25.08.2016
    World risk report underlines need for major improvements to transport and power networks in poor countries vulnerable to extreme weather eventsCountries with dilapidated transport networks and unsafe power grids stand a greater risk of extreme natural events becoming humanitarian disasters, a report has found. Related: World heading for catastrophe over natural disasters, risk expert warns Continue reading...
  • High birth rates and poverty undermine a generation of African children ? report
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 24.08.2016
    Research predicts African children will account for 43% of global poverty by 2030, although absolute number of poor will fallAfrican children will make up nearly half the world's poorest people by 2030 if nothing is done to reverse existing trends, according to a report.Despite economic growth, one in five children will live in poverty because of high fertility rates, inequality and deep-seated privation, according to the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). Continue reading...
  • Migrant women of Viet Nam claim social protection and rights
    UN Women – News 24.08.2016
    An estimated 40 â 50 per cent of migrants in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, the two biggest cities in Viet Nam, are women, and they face distinct challenges. Low and unstable incomes and lack of social protection make them particularly vulnerable to abuse and exploitation. But migrant women workers of Viet Nam refuse to live on the fringes any longer. More than 10,000 migrant workers have learnt how to access social welfare benefits, legal protection and health care. They are advocating for their rights and helping one another.
  • UN Women to co-host screening of Equal Means Equal
    UN Women – News 24.08.2016
    On Friday, 26 August, UN Women and Heroica Films will host a screening of the documentary film âEqual Means Equalâ followed by a panel discussion. The screening, beginning at 6.30 p.m. will be held at the ECOSOC Chamber, United Nations Headquarters on the occasion of Womenâs Equality Day in the United States.
  • Bridging the language divide in Thailand's strife-torn deep south
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 24.08.2016
    In southern Thailand, taking the language of the Muslim Patani-Malay community into government schools is easing ethnic tensionsFor Ismail Jamaat, a science teacher at Tanjung primary school, going to work can feel like entering a war zone. During the past decade, his government school has endured three firebomb attacks. In 2013, Ismail, along with scores of schoolchildren, witnessed the murder of his friend and colleague Cholathee Charoenchol by masked gunmen in the school cafeteria. Tanjung is one of more than 1,200 government schools in Thailand's so called deep south, where a deadly sectarian conflict between ethnic Malay Muslims and their Thai Buddhist countrymen has left more than 6,500 dead since 2004. With nearly 200 teachers assassinated and 300 government schools razed over the past decade, education in the region is a critical issue. Continue reading...
  • Lessons in disaster: children taught to prepare for Bangladesh's killer quakes
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 24.08.2016
    When earthquakes strike in south Asia, thousands of children are at risk from fragile school buildings. Evacuation drills are aiming to reduce the potential death tollAs soon as the school bell rang, Lucky Akhter, 15, dropped down on her knees and took cover under a bench. When a second bell rang, she and 30 other students walked out of the classroom, joining a queue of about 300 students covering their heads with books and bags.The students at Yearpur high school in Savar, north-west of Dhaka, were practising an earthquake drill prompted by the increasing frequency of tremors in Bangladesh over the past four years. Continue reading...
  • From where I stand: Haidara Djeneba Sy
    UN Women – News 23.08.2016
    Haidara, Djeneba Sy is a religious woman leader from Mali, and a fearless advocate for womenâs economic empowerment and rights. Women can play a significant role in combating extremism, she says, but not when they are poor and weak.
  • âPeople are beginning to see our potentialâ¦the potential of all the girls who play sportâ
    UN Women – News 23.08.2016
    Marcelly Vitória de Mendonça, participant of âOne Win Leads to Anotherâ programme by UN Women and the International Olympic Committee, received the Olympic Cup on behalf of the people of Rio de Janeiro in the Closing Ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games.
  • The day we carried the Olympic Torch for women and girls
    UN Women – News 22.08.2016
    By Thaiza Vitória, 15-year-old Brazilian handball player and member of the âOne Win Leads to Anotherâ programme in Rio de Janeiro and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. Both of them carried the Olympic Torch on the day of the opening ceremony of the Rio Games.
  • Delhi schools offer safe space for children to speak up about sexual abuse ' Amrit Dhillon
    Women's rights and gender equality ' The Guardian 22.08.2016
    Half of the student population in India's capital suffer abuse, a taboo subject in many homes. Now police are visiting schools to encourage children to report itIn the cavernous assembly hall at Victor public school in the Delhi suburb of Shahdara, hundreds of pupils sit cross-legged on the floor to watch a story about seven-year-old Komal.Komal's parents become friendly with a new neighbour. He treats her affectionately and her parents tell her to call him Bakshi Uncle. He gives her sweets. He plays hide-and-seek with her. Then he plays another "game" that leaves her feeling dirty. The video concludes with an explanation about the difference between "good" and "bad" touches. Continue reading...
  • From where I stand: Flor Isava-Fonseca
    UN Women – News 20.08.2016
    Flor Isava- Fonseca, 95, is a tireless Venezuelan activist, athlete, journalist and writer. Ms. Isava-Fonseca and Finnish sprinter Pirjo Häggman were the first women to be elected to the International Olympic Committee.
  • 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.